Rick Ross drops several new tracks ahead of Black Dollar EP release

September 3rd, 2015 by


Rick Ross dropped two albums in 2014 – Mastermind and Hood Billionaire – and truth be told, neither of them were very good. On the verge of being written off, Ross seems to be aware of his impending career stalling, and it sounds like he’s pulling out all the stops for his new EP, Black […]

New Music: All Tvvins – ‘Darkest Ocean’

September 3rd, 2015 by


Just a few days after announcing they’ll headlining their own gig in Dublin this November (full details here) after supporting Metric as part of their UK tour, All Tvvins have decided to strike while the iron was red-hot, and drop another killer single. ‘Darkest Ocean’ is the Irish duo’s follow-up to ‘Thank You’ and ‘Too […]

Check out the video for Villagers’ latest single ‘Hot Scary Summer’

September 3rd, 2015 by


We here at State were big fans of Villagers’ latest album release Darling Arithmetic when it came out in April (full review here), so we were very happy to hear that one of the album’s highlights was getting the single treatment. ‘Hot Scary Summer’ has arrived with this beautiful music video – fans of the […]

Full details on Mumford & Sons upcoming Irish gig

September 3rd, 2015 by


Having recently released the video for their upcoming single ‘Ditmas‘, which is due for full release next week, there’s even more good news in store for Irish fans of the London rock band; before the year is out, the quartet will be performing here in Dublin. On December 2nd, expect the 3Arena to be swaying […]

New Music: Little xs for Eyes

September 3rd, 2015 by


Dublin six-piece and certified State favourite Little xs for Eyes have returned, not just with one new track, but two. You lucky people. ‘Funk Island’ sees the indie-pop outfit create a laid-back, tropical atmosphere with plucky guitars and chilled melodies, while the Rory Grubb remix of ‘Logical Love’ is sparse, relaxed and has a taste […]

Malojian, Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas set for Belfast’s The Empire

September 1st, 2015 by


We’re rather fond of Malojian (Stevie Scullion & Co.) here at State – it’s hard not to be with his grasp on melody and composition. And, with a name like Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas, we’re sure they’ll be some craic too. Thankfully, Friday September 11th will see the two acts perform on the same […]

More Electric Picnic stage times revealed

August 31st, 2015 by

Blur by Ste Murray

With only a few days to go, some more stage times for this year’s Electric Picnic are out – taking in the Main Stage, Body & Soul Main Stage and Rankin Woods: Friday, September 4th Main Stage 18:00-18:45: Ham Sandwich 19:15-20:15: The Coronas 20:45-22:00: Grace Jones 22:30-00:00: Underworld Body and Soul 16:15-16:45: Damsel 17:15-17:45: Joni […]

New Music: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Downtown’ featuring Grandmaster Caz, Eric Nally, Kool Moe Dee & Melle Mel

August 28th, 2015 by


Just a few weeks after his duet with Ed Sheeran was released, Macklemore and production partner Ryan Lewis are back with their first proper single for their sophomore album, and it’s very much business as usual. ‘Downtown’ is in the same vein as ‘Thrift Shop’, throwing funny, inoffensive one-liners all over the place, bragging about […]

Lissie headlines Whelans gig this December

August 28th, 2015 by


After the release of her two albums Catching A Tiger in 2010 and Back To Forever in 2013, Illinois-born county-rock star Lissie has garnered quite the cult following in these neck of the woods. Happy news then that she’ll be bringing a solo acoustic set to Whelans in Dublin on Thursday December 3rd, with tickets going […]

Watch Overhead, The Albatross – Big River Man

August 28th, 2015 by


Live videos can be tricky. How do you capture the wild, magnetic force of a group of musicians giving it stacks in all their animalistic glory? Apparently, you get the guitarist to direct. It certainly seems to have worked wonders for the new single from Overhead, The Albatross. ‘Big River Man’ is a triumph of […]

Happenings & Nialler9 begin Minimum Maximum events

August 28th, 2015 by


Starting tonight in the amphitheatre at the Civic Offices at Dublin’s Wood Quay, Happenings and Nialler9 present Minimum Maximum will showcase the best in new music. With a lineup including I Have A Tribe, Stomptown Brass, Interskalactic and HARE SQUEAD, and the open-air goodness of the amphitheatre, the run of Friday night shows over August […]

New Music: HÔN – ‘Honeydream’

August 25th, 2015 by


Jeez, those Scandinavians don’t half know how to put together a great heartbreaking electro-ballad, do they?! Here we have the new single from HÔN from his upcoming album White Lion, which is garnering him comparisons to the likes of Chairlift, Beach House and Burial. To us, we’re imagining if Robyn was a man, produced by Miike […]

Django Django release video for latest single ‘Pause Repeat’

August 25th, 2015 by


Going from strength to strength on the back of their sophomore album Born Under Saturn, here we have the video for Django Django’s latest single ‘Pause Repeat’. Filmed on mobile phones over 24 hours and merged using stop-motion video and animation provided by Dan Brereton (of Superman/Batman fame), it’s quite a thing to behold. Fans […]