Fucked Up – Hangar, Dublin

May 26th, 2015 by


Arriving early to Hangar, State inadvertently catches Bitch Falcon sound checking and feels a touch embarrassed for intruding. The Dublin trio eventually battle through some sound issues and a slowly-emerging and polite crowd in tremendous fashion, their brand of sludge-covered grunge registering as both inspired tribute and inspirational statement. ‘Wolfstooth’ in particular proves quite the […]

Villagers — Olympia Theatre, Dublin

May 22nd, 2015 by

Villagers, Olympia Theatre by Kieran Frost

There is something pleasant about the seating arrangements in the Olympia. No doubt the performers quite like the gentle, easy atmosphere it creates and for Conor O’Brien’s Villagers, in front of a plain black and markedly understated backdrop, they are serenity personified. A little nod to a YES badge here, a bit of chit chat […]

The Cribs – Whelans, Dublin

May 22nd, 2015 by


Andy Lee has seldom seen nights like this. The world champion boxer only just managed to remain on his feet after 19 rounds of glorious melodic punk from the Jarman brothers, aggressively delivered amid ferocious moshing, furious pogoing and the incoming jabs of crowd surfers’ trailing legs. Opening with ‘Mirror Kissers’, The Cribs spit out […]

Hollie McNish – McHughs, Belfast

May 20th, 2015 by


Usually a headline act is nowhere to be seen before they appear on stage in a flash of light. They’re presumably backstage, drinking free beer and being cool. When a headline act does appear before their moment, it feels like they are stamping their authority on the show. Yeah, it almost seems like they’re saying, […]

Viet Cong – Workmans Club, Dublin

May 14th, 2015 by


Womens Christmas aren’t short of modesty when it comes to their songs. Their first EP was titled Tremendous, and the ensuing debut album, Too Rich For Our Blood, lived up to that prophetic moniker. Sleater Kinney’s triumphant Vicar Street show in March was the trio’s previous warm-up slot, but things are more condensed tonight, with […]

Laura Marling – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

May 13th, 2015 by


Laura Marling’s fifth studio album Short Movie leaves us gasping for water with its arid, desert isolation. We already know this show is going to be heavy on the most recent album but if we hadn’t expected it, the backdrop lets us know. A dune-filled desert waits behind the empty stage, warning us what to […]

State’s Faces of May – The Mercantile, Dublin

May 12th, 2015 by


It’s a busy night for live music in Dublin, with Canalaphonic packing them in up the road and our fifth monthly showcase doing similarly brisk business. We had hoped that the night would mark the live debut of Navan duo Starts First Kick, but injury to drummer / guitarist Gordon means that only guitarist / […]

Take That – 3Arena, Dublin

May 11th, 2015 by


Arriving on what can only be described as a giant Scalextric set where the stage usually is, it’s clear that Take That’s reputation for ‘putting on a show’ is still present and correct – no matter what changes have taken place of late. Ella Henderson and her Ryan Tedder-produced, drum-powered ballad set warms up the […]

Public Service Broadcasting – Button Factory, Dublin

May 7th, 2015 by


It’s half four in the morning in a converted French airport hangar on a cold December night and Public Service Broadcasting are about to take to the stage. A friend mentions that he caught them a few months prior. “Gets old after about 20 minutes”, he notes. And so it proved. For all the London […]

Calexico – Olympia, Dublin

May 6th, 2015 by

Calexico, The Olympia, Dublin by Leah Carroll

May Bank Holiday Monday night and Calexico are in town stopping off for the last night of their tour in support of their latest album Edge of the Sun. They’re also fresh in the door from both a Belfast show on the Saturday night and a Sunday headline slot at Kilkenny’s Rhythm and Roots festival. […]

The Charlatans – Academy, Dublin

May 6th, 2015 by

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The Charlatans have done this plenty of times before. 25 years and 12 albums down the line, you would think they’d be a bigger draw on the touring circuit for their latest visit, but for tonight the relatively cozy confines of The Academy will do just fine. Despite the band’s longevity however, there’s nothing old-hat […]

Purity Ring – Button Factory, Dublin

May 6th, 2015 by

Purity Ring, Button Factory Dublin by Killian Broderick

Though always a challenge transporting a two-person band to a live arena, Purity Ring stepped up any beyond with cascading curtains of globe lights bracketing Megan James and Corin Roddick on the last night of their current tour. Though Megan’s gorgeous voice was a little low in the mix it was also the only instrument that didn’t […]

State’s Faces of April – The Mercantile, Dublin

April 12th, 2015 by

Third Smoke, Mercantile, Dublin by Leah Carroll_14

State.ie’s Faces of April was another brief snapshot of the wealth of emerging talent this country has; namely punk, garage, hardcore and whatever genius binds Third Smoke. The Dundalk band (pictured) are deservedly on the rise and their combination of Fleet Foxes-esque harmonies, Beatles-inspired melodies and deft playing is enough to ensure smooth ride. Watch […]

Catfish and the Bottlemen — The Academy, Dublin

April 9th, 2015 by


Bear witness, the future of guitar music is here. Or so Steve Lamacq would have you believe. This is Catfish and the Bottlemen and based on tonight’s performance he’s as close to the mark as he has ever been. The Welsh four-piece arrive on stage amid a thunderstorm of strobe lights, dry ice, drama, theatrical […]