State’s New Music Mixtape # 12

April 17th, 2014 by


Happy Good Friday, everyone. In recent years this has become a day when we celebrate our inherent goodness by embarking on all manner of clandestine drinking in the hope, depending on your predilections, that your local priest/garda/probation officer is or isn’t watching. So, here is a pile of new and new-ish music to ease you […]

Faces of 2014: May edition details

April 17th, 2014 by

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The first bank holiday weekend of the summer is fast approaching and we’re delighted to bring you the news that the next State Faces of 2014 live show will fall slap bang in the middle of it. Taking place at the Mercantile on May 3rd and free in, our fifth show will feature Irish hip-hop […]

Win tickets to Bulmers Live at Leopardstown

April 16th, 2014 by

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This week has seen the announcement of the line-up for this year’s Live at Leopardstown shows, the annual meeting of live music of horse racing. To celebrate, we’re offering a four tickets to one State reader for the show of their choice from the following: Thursday 12th June – Raglans Thursday 19th June – The […]

Faces of the Week: The Ground Will Shake

April 16th, 2014 by


Generally our Faces of the Week tend to be forward thinking types, looking to push the musical envelope. Sometimes, however, a little bit of what you know can do wonders for you. The Ground Will Shake are unapologetically retro, yet look back not to some of the more obvious decades but to the root of […]

Listen: Little Bear are dead, long live Pørts

April 14th, 2014 by


It was last week that we brought you one band returning in the guise of another in the shape of Wild Promises and here’s another one. Having been building up a fine head of steam, Little Bear have taken an about turn and rechristened themselves Pørts. Debut single ‘Ancient Wave’ is out on Friday 26th, […]

State’s gigs of the week, 14th-20th April

April 14th, 2014 by


BELFAST Saturday Coco Lovers | 7:30pm, Black Box | £6-8 | Folk with an African twist. Sunday King Khan & the Shrines | 8pm, Black Box | £11 | Garage/psych-rock lunatics. CORK Tuesday San Fermin, the Great Balloon Race | 9pm, Pavilion | €12 | Brooklynite chamber pop. Thursday Elastic Sleep | 9pm, Pavilion | […]

State’s New Music Mixtape #11

April 12th, 2014 by


All the world’s a stage, as Rush (and some English writer bloke) once said and our weekly new music round up is proof. Our artists come from all over the globe, including right here at home. Enjoy… Atmosphere – ‘Kanye West’ Alternative hip-hoppers show an eye for timing. Helps that it’s a complete belter of […]

Faces of the Week: Wild Promises

April 9th, 2014 by

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Bands come and go, band members likewise. It’s rare to find a group who just decide to reinvent themselves however. Wild Promises have done just that. Having made no little headway as The Dirty 9s, the four members decided to go away and dream it all up again. The results prove it was a very […]

Listen: Elaine Mai remixes Heathers

April 7th, 2014 by

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Fast developing into one of the most impressive remixers around, Elaine Mai has just dropped another nice reworking – this time of Heathers‘ ‘Waiter’. The track is available for free download now.

State’s gigs of the week, 7th-13th April

April 7th, 2014 by

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BELFAST Monday Palma Violets | 8pm, Voodoo | €13.50 | NME fodder. Thursday The Strypes | 7pm, Limelight | £14 | Rockin’ and a-rollin’ before bedtime. Friday Fritz Kalknbrenner | 11pm, Limelight | £19.50 | German deep house DJ. Saturday Steffi | 10pm, Bunatee | £14 | Klakson founder/electronic producer. CORK Wednesday Kurt Vile | […]

Faces of April: stage times, Fan Footage and Joshua Burnside video

April 5th, 2014 by

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Tonight sees State return to the Mercantile venue for the latest in our series of Faces of 2014 live shows, this time featuring a border crossing bill of hip-hop, electro pop and alternative acoustic folk. Your stage times are as follows: Doors 8.30pm Joshua Burnside 9pm Affleck 9.45pm The Animators (pictured) 10.30pm As with last […]

State’s New Music Mixtape #10

April 4th, 2014 by


Cruising – ‘You Made Me Do That’ That thick, belching guitar is perfect in a vacuum, but this stomper from supergroup Cruising (featuring members of Girls Names and September Girls) is three-and-a-half minutes of swaggering garage-rock turbulence. Creepoid – ‘Wet Bread’ Another swaggering rock track, and this one has a hint of QOTSA about it. […]

Stefan French – Playing For Hollywood

April 3rd, 2014 by


Stefan French is “feeling a little tired”, he says as he adjusts his seat outside his favourite trattoria, the menu closed in front of him. “I had a late night” he grins. “Sometimes an idea just hits me at 2am and I can’t let it go. I have to work on it immediately before I […]

Faces of the Week: Wob!

April 2nd, 2014 by


A Dublin trio who play live electronica over a backdrop of drum ‘n’ bass beats, Wob! are a welcome alternative to the one man and his laptop brigade. Founded in January 2013 by drummer Nenad Djordjevic (aka Djollie), the addition of Paul O’Hare and Stephen Kerr took the project into the live arena a year […]