Crystal Antlers, Upstairs in Whelan’s, Dublin

February 4th, 2009 by

It’s cold, it’s snowing and it’s a Monday night – three good reasons why State should be at home. Upstairs in Whelan’s, however, a capacity crowd has braved the elements to catch a band already being tipped as one of the most exciting acts of 2009. Hailing from Long Beach, LA, Crystal Antlers already had […]

Amusement Parks On Fire, Whelan’s, Dublin

January 30th, 2009 by

State arrives at Whelan’s just in time to catch the last song from The DC Experiment, a reggae-tinged rock-pop number called -Place Of God’, which receives a warm reception from the laudable scattering of people gathered on a wet Thursday night in January. Second on the bill tonight are Dublin’s Butterfly Explosion [Ed’s note: Are […]

The Streets, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

January 30th, 2009 by

Mike Skinner has promised that the next album, the fifth, will be the last we hear from the Streets. The project has at times, not least on his second-to-last album The Hardest Way To Make A Living, been a very visible albatross around his neck, but it seems as though he’s turned a corner with […]

Fighting With Wire, Think Tank, Dublin

January 27th, 2009 by

In these days of economic doom and gloom it’s good to know that, in music at least, your stock can still rise. Such is the case with Derry threesome Fighting With Wire. The past year has seen them release their debut album, sign a deal with Atlantic Records and perform at a host of leading […]

Fight Like Apes – Koko, London

January 25th, 2009 by

The queue for Fight Like Apes biggest London headliner to date is snaking around the corner and down the street. Given that we’re talking about Koko, a high profile venue with a capacity of approaching 1500, this is no mean feat. Admittedly, the band are here as part of the weekly Club NME night and […]

Uzi & Ari, Ballroom of Romance, The Lower Deck

January 24th, 2009 by

The Lower Deck is a quality boozer. A world where aul’ regulars, students, couriers, GAA buffs and indie geeks collide. The place has a fair share of characters. Some of those characters spill down stairs to the basement, which admittedly, is not the best laid out venue in the Dublin. The stage is at the […]

We Have Band, Dublin Duck Dispensary – Crawdaddy, Dublin

January 19th, 2009 by

The last couple of weeks have seen, it has to be said, something of a January drought when it comes to interesting gigs, as we gear up the anticipation of oncoming new-year releases. Support act Dublin Duck Dispensary do little to funnel away that feeling of gloom with a disappointing, if thankfully short, opening set […]

Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire, Whelan’s, Dublin

January 19th, 2009 by

‘I wanted to use the Union Jack as a backdrop but I was told that wouldn’t go down very well’¦I wonder why’¦?’, Childish sighs, ever the contrary devil before launching into another rib-rattling garage gem. Like his fellow grumpy old stalwart Mark E. Smith, Mr. Childish has been at this racket for an awfully long […]

Other Voices, Dingle

January 14th, 2009 by

If hot cakes had been baked by the fair hand of Elvis himself and embedded with solid gold flecks, they’d hardly have sold out faster than the tickets on offer for each of this year’s Other Voices: Songs From A Room gigs. Even those with an innate talent in fastest-finger-first were left bitterly disappointed as […]

Photos: Coldplay, The O2, Dublin

December 22nd, 2008 by

With just a couple of days to Christmas, Coldplay became one of the first bands to play Dublin’s newly revamped Point Depot. The venue’s rechristening under the corporate banner of the O2 should have been a sign that Coldplay too, are now a huge corporate entity. Having easily sold out two nights in the O2 […]

Photos: Kings of Leon, The O2, Dublin

December 22nd, 2008 by

Kings of Leon officially opened the O2 on Friday night and by all accounts, the band, the set and the venue were all highly praised. The State review team weren’t present as we were locked in a DJ Battle Royale at our Christmas Party with Fight Like Apes and Super Extra Bonus Party which went […]

Dandy Warhols, Tripod, Dublin

December 19th, 2008 by

After an Oasis-inspired but impressive set from Dublin-based support act The Brothers Movement the quietly psychedelic spectacle that is the Dandy Warhols took to the stage at Tripod, looking their boho-rock best and ready to teach the would-be indie kids a thing or two. A typically downbeat start gave little away, and even the killer […]

Lykke Li, Store Vega, Copenhagen

December 15th, 2008 by

We were so smitten with Lykke Li in 2008 we had to have another listen to her in concert. Here is our final Lykke live 2008 review. Proving a long time theory wrong, apparently a good gig CAN be great without a beer. With a mere cola, and our equally sober mate Johan for company, […]

Photos: Phantom First Friday – Director, A Lazarus Soul

December 8th, 2008 by

Friday saw Phantom’s first night in the much larger than Andrew’s Lane venue of Tripod for their monthly live music night. Playing on the night was a much underappreciated A Lazarus Soul (a friend of ours will attest that the band have one of the best Irish lyricists around in Brian Brannigan). Making their first […]