Sleater-Kinney – Vicar St, Dublin

March 27th, 2015 by

Sleater Kinney, Vicar St, Dublin by Shannon McClean

Despite what recent events might have you believe, it’s doubtful whether the world spent the years between 2007 and 2013 discussing the merits of Call The Doctor as opposed to The Hot Rock or One Beat. Yet the news that Sleater-Kinney were to restart their career (they never actually split up) created such a buzz […]

Rusangano Family – Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 24th, 2015 by


Last time State talked to Rusangano Family, they described their gigs in three words – ruckus, energy and family. This description proves to be incredibly apt as they put on a display that makes a claim for them having one of the best live shows in Ireland at the moment. Every aspect of the set […]

Fight Like Apes / Bitch Falcon – Sugar Club, Dublin

March 18th, 2015 by


You have to admire their dedication. In eight hours time, Fight Like Apes will be boarding a plane to Texas to make their first visit to SxSW in eight years. There’ll be a lot of that in 2015, making up for lost time. Instead of spending the night packing, however, the band are getting back […]

Glass Animals — The Academy, Dublin

March 16th, 2015 by

Glass Animals at The Academy by Kieran Frost

Oxford natives Glass Animals are slightly overwhelmed by the adoration shown to them by the Academy crowd tonight. Having only played in Ireland once before, they seem genuinely thrilled by the heaving, undulating sea of faces that stands before them; faces taking photographs of the band, of themselves, of themselves looking at the band, of […]

Royal Blood – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 10th, 2015 by

Royal Blood, Olympia, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

While most of us probably take it for granted, you have to admit that the Olympia Theatre is an impressive building. It’s probably quite intimidating for a band too, especially if you’re not used to playing places of such stature. Royal Blood don’t say an awful lot tonight, but do remark that it’s a “privilege […]

Ryan Adams – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 10th, 2015 by

Ryan Adams by Frosty

Ryan Adams is in good form tonight, perhaps too good a form.  During the first of two sold-out nights at Dublin’s Olympia, he spends an immoderate amount of time chatting to the audience.  Early in the set there’s the old de rigueur, “Dublin, you are amazing. I wish I could play here every damn night!” […]

State Faces of March – The Mercantile, Dublin

March 9th, 2015 by

Old Hannah at State Faces March by Kieran Frost

Over the years of State Faces – both on these pages and on stage – one of the aspects that we’re most proud of has been the range of musical styles that we have highlighted, proof of wide breadth of talent working in Ireland today. Tonight is no exception, with the three acts from our […]

Clean Bandit – Academy, Dublin

March 9th, 2015 by

Clean Bandit The Academy Dublin by Leah Carroll BD3A777b_2000

Apparently when they were starting out, many record labels refused to sign Clean Bandit because they were convinced that it was some kind of joke. Now, almost three years after the release of their first single, after being graced with a Grammy Award and a slew of chart-topping songs, people are taking Clean Bandit very […]

Meteor Choice Music Prize – Vicar St, Dublin

March 6th, 2015 by


“Unfortunately they can’t be with us tonight….” It’s the Choice Music Prize’s tenth birthday but it’s not quite the party it might have been. As host Paul McLoone points out, the fact that so many of tonight’s nominees are off being successful round the world is something to celebrate yet it not only means that […]

tUnE-yArDs — Vicar Street, Dublin

March 6th, 2015 by

Tuneyards at Vicar St.

Trying to explain tUnE-yArDs’ sound to people in the days leading up to their Dublin show proved an impossible task. For the usual “Who do they sound like?” question has never applied to a band less. Queue a lot of “errmm…they don’t… hmm” from someone who usually has a description for everything musical. Eventually settling […]

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds — 3Arena, Dublin

March 5th, 2015 by

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 3Arena by Ste Murray

You really have to hand it to Noel Gallagher. Tonight in front of a capacity 3Arena he has the demeanour of a man on top of the world but with no way of showing it; his new album is getting generally positive reviews and you would be almost forgiven for finally losing sight of him […]

The Gloaming – NCH, Dublin

March 3rd, 2015 by


We’re drained, excited and more than a little emotional. The Gloaming have just blown us away, taken us on a trip that can only be described as heart stopping. It’s hard to believe that live music can get better than this. It might have to, though, as we’re only at the end of their opening […]

Placebo – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 28th, 2015 by

Placebo, Olympia Theatre, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

There’s something about Placebo – or more specifically, Brian Molko. The Londoners are a wonderfully morose, throbbing headwrecker of a rock act, but it’s Molko’s lyrics that make them truly exceptional. He pours his soul into taking in heartache, androgyny, desolation and drugs, and tonight’s career spanning set does a great job of putting that […]

Jungle – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 26th, 2015 by


There’s an enormous sense of anticipation at the Olympia as an audience awaits the London collective to take to the stage. A muffled kick drum pulsates through the dark auditorium while Jungle’s trademark twin keyboard workstations stand silhouetted against a dimly lit backdrop. All Tvvins have only finished moments before after providing a remarkably energetic […]