Wolf Parade, Lille Vega, Copenhagen

November 24th, 2008 by

Ahead of their Dublin date this Saturday, Simon Roche got a sneak peek at the Montreal band’s stupendous live show. What have we done to deserve such riches in 2008? Barely enough time to come down after Mercury Rev’s glorious theatre the night before, we are back in Vega for the Montreal four-piece, who claim […]

Cut Copy, The Village, Dublin

November 19th, 2008 by

With their latest offering In Ghost Colours being lauded as a real contender for album of the year, Cut Copy’s appearance at this year’s Heineken Green Synergy festival has been eagerly awaited. And if the audience members squeezed into the Village tonight look smug it’s because they’re the privileged ones who’re lucky enough to be […]

Live: Cass McCombs, Whelan’s, Dublin

November 18th, 2008 by

If nothing else, Cass McCombs’ Heineken Green Synergy gig in Whelan’s proved that the founding principle of every band is very simple. The secret is, as Lou Reed has maintained for at least 30 years, guitar, bass and drums. Following a storming set from Conor O’Brien’s new five-piece band, Villagers, Cass and bassist Walter opened […]

Review: Fleet Foxes, Vicar Street

November 10th, 2008 by

With release of their supremely crafted Sun Giant EP and eponymous album, Fleet Foxes are undoubtedly one of the most highly heralded bands of 2008 and there was a palpable excitement in Vicar Street on the night of their Dublin return (as well a high percentage of beards and plaid shirts). At a recent home […]

Goldfrapp, Tripod, Dublin

November 10th, 2008 by

Having delighted the masses at Electric Picnic back in August with their distinctive brand of synthpop, Goldfrapp made a welcome return to Ireland in support of their latest album, Seventh Tree last Friday. Such is the anticipation and expectation surrounding tonight’s performance, it seems nobody wants to miss a second and the venue is full […]

MGMT, Ambassador, Dublin (4th Nov)

November 6th, 2008 by

The first thing we notice is the stage set-up: no backdrop, as one would be used to seeing at big gigs. Instead, MGMT have cactus plants, and lots of them, made out of Pyrex with various lights shining through them. Expectation has been rabid around this gig since their tumultuous Oxegen performance during the summer, […]

The Walkmen, The Button Factory, Dublin

November 3rd, 2008 by

When The Walkmen released their fourth album in August of this year it was met with rave reviews. Yet it was hard to convince some people of just how good they are. That didn’t seem to matter sometimes, as the title denotes, this is really only about You & Me. Much more than that initial […]

Martha Wainwright, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

November 3rd, 2008 by

If this reviewer is ever stupid enough to martyr himself for some strange cause he will pass on the 70 virgins for just one Martha Wainwright standing in the shape of a capital -A’ in a little, little black dress with white knee socks on, singing -Stormy Weather’ for eternity. A seated, and quite reserved […]

CMJ Music Marathon 2008, New York

October 29th, 2008 by

For those who haven’t been, the CMJ Music Marathon is like a slightly more shy and more sensible cousin of the beast that is South by Southwest. In theory, it is five nights of complete and unadulterated music mayhem, with over 1000 bands playing their hearts out to nearly 100,000 music fans, all crammed into […]

Bon Iver, Vega, Copenhagen

September 26th, 2008 by

State hasn’t personally felt such a warm surge of anticipation for an evening since Santa was last expected at our house, oh, about 25 years ago. For Emma, Forever Ago started with a few whispers, a bit of Myspace listening then finally a download, and over the last three months it has elevated itself to […]

Fujiya and Miyagi, Fringe Festival, Dublin

September 22nd, 2008 by

This year the Hennessy Spiegeltent made the move from the financial environs of the IFSC to the more palaitial surroundings of the Iveagh Gardens and on Saturday’s night thanks to the An Evening with Fujiya and Miyagi show, we finally made it down for the first time to check it out having already missed out […]

Hard Working Class Heroes – Day Three

September 17th, 2008 by

On Sunday, the heavens opened. Now, this may not be a muddy-fielded squelchfest but rain in the city brings its own hardships. Especially as it’s that relentless, miserable rain that attacks your jeans, your boots and turns crossing the road between venues into wading across small lakes. However, State is very happy for the Scottish […]

Hard Working Class Heroes – Day Two

September 16th, 2008 by

State begins Saturday by doing its bit at the morning’s Mentor Speed-Sessions; we’re all chatting, suggesting, emoting, whingeing and enthusing about this beautiful music business we all, to one extent or another, adore. These sessions are a great idea for bands and their managers – and not just those showcasing at HWCH either. Every discussion […]

Hard Working Class Heroes – Day One

September 16th, 2008 by

Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, now in its sixth year, is one of the highlights of the nation’s musical calendar. Not only is it a country-wide Battle of the Bands competition to get on the bill in the first place, for the new generation of Irish -next big things’, it’s a possible springboard to […]