Brand New Music – The Temps

January 30th, 2015 by

Say hello to Dublin 3-piece The Temps… information about them might be scant right now but we’re convinced that will change sooner rather than later.

CALEXICO announce new album; share new single

January 29th, 2015 by


To mark the announcement of their new album Edge Of The Sun, which drops on the 13th of April, CALEXICO have shared the first track to be released from the forthcoming LP.  ‘Cumbia De Donde’, which features Amparo Sanchez, is totally infectious, clanging, and manages to encapsulate the classic CALEXICO sound with a newer creative intent.  Have a […]

Electric Six to play Belfast’s Limelight

January 29th, 2015 by


Detroit shock-rock outfit Electric Six will play Belfast’s The Limelight 2 this coming November 26th.  Having played the venue pretty much every year for the last five years, Electric Six seem to be developing a tenure with The Limelight.  Not that we’re complaining, you can’t go wrong with a good ol’ sing-along to ‘Gay Bar’ […]

Listen to Dawn Landes cover ‘Atlantic City’

January 28th, 2015 by


Thanks to the stark, dramatic nature of the original Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’ is always ripe for a cover version but even so, Dawn Landes new reading is a beauty. Aided by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, it combines her Kentucky roots with more urban surroundings of her adopted Brooklyn home. It comes from her […]

Run The Jewels, Wu-Tang and more for Forbidden Fruit

January 28th, 2015 by

Run The Jewels at The Opium Rooms

It was only yesterday that we were wondering whether Forbidden Fruit would make a return this year and, what do you know, now we have the first line-up announcement. Top of the shop for State readers will now doubt be the return of Run The Jewels (photographed above by Mark Early) but the world at […]

Free Wyvern Lingo gig tonight

January 28th, 2015 by

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About to head off to London to support Hozier at his two Shepherds Bush shows, Faces of 2015 Wyvern Lingo have announced a special hometown pop up gig tonight at the Harbour Bar in Bray. Kicking off at ten, it precedes a full Irish tour next month: Friday 06 Feb – Mayo, Castlebar, Ruby Room […]

How to Make it in the Irish Music Industry – Seminar

January 28th, 2015 by

As tough as it is to make progress in the Irish music business, the group Made It might have something to add to the debate. Hosting a seminar in Dublin’s Twisted Pepper this Thursday, the panel will be focusing on the experiences of those who have succeeded in the industry and will be joined by […]

ASIWYFA album and tour details

January 26th, 2015 by


Not long to wait now for the fourth album from And So I Watch You From Afar, with the release of Heirs confirmed for May 4th via Sargent House. Unsurprisingly, the Belfast band will head out on a weighty European tour in support – although Ireland is yet to make it onto the schedule: 28-Apr […]

St Vincent Iveagh Gardens date

January 26th, 2015 by


We’re not out of January yet, but the summer is already starting to take shape gig wise. The latest announcement sees St Vincent visit Dublin on July 10th for a show in the perfectly formed Iveagh Gardens outdoor venue. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Longitude 2015 – First Acts Announced

January 23rd, 2015 by


Longitude Festival will be back this summer with Hozier, Alt-J and festival stalwarts Chemical Brothers confirmed as headliners. Add to that Caribou, SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Hudson Mohawke, Young Fathers, Gengahr and Girl Band and you start to see the complete picture. Nominated for a second year running for the best Mid-sized festival […]

Listen to the new LUKE-B mixtape

January 23rd, 2015 by


Released today on through the excellent Loud Mouth Collective, Wicklow producer LUKE-B’s Beat Tape Vol 2 is – as the name suggests – a second excursion into the world of boom bap and swing styles of hip-hop’s golden era. Download it for free from today. Beats Government , Beat Tape Vol​.​2 by Luke B_Beats Government

Win Natalie Prass Whelans tickets

January 22nd, 2015 by


Currently brightening our afternoon with her gorgeously soulful self-titled album, Cleveland singer Natalie Prass swings by Dublin on Sunday night for a show in the perfectly intimate surroundings of Whelans Upstairs venue. We suggest that it’s one not to miss, so it’s lucky that you can win a couple of tickets here on State. To […]

SOAK shares new music; announces supporting slots

January 21st, 2015 by


There doesn’t seem to be a lot that SOAK can’t do.  Having seen major success both critically and commercially from her last single, ‘Be a noBody’, Bridie Monds-Watson is set to release ‘Sea Creatures’, a track taken from the sessions for her forthcoming album.  The BBC Sound of 2015 nominee and Rough Trade records signee […]

Popical Island 5th birthday plans

January 20th, 2015 by

Me and my Dog, State's Faces of November gig

Still fighting the good fight on behalf of fine independent music, the Popical Island collective celebrate their 5th anniversary with an mammoth show Upstairs at Whelans on January 31st. Tickets are €5, it kicks off at 3.30pm and features the following: The Run Ons Paddy Hanna Ginnels Groom Me & My Dog (pictured, photo by […]