As part of our ongoing effort to promote cultural exchange between Seattle and Iceland, KEXP teamed up with City of Reykjavik, Seattle City of Music Festival, and sponsors Icelandair and Iceland Naturally, to bring a night of free music at The Crocodile last November. The lineup of artists for the “Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling” featured four from Seattle and four from Iceland. On the Seattle side: John Roderick with Eric Corson from The Long Winters, Rachel Flotard and Rusty Willoughby of Cobirds Unite, Jason Dodson with Seth Warren of The Maldives, and Nathan Wade. On the Reykjavik side: Mugison, Sindri Már Sigfússon of Sin Fang and Seabear, Lay Low, and Pétur Ben. But this was hardly a competition. Instead, collaboration ruled the night as the like-minded artists teamed up to help perform each other’s songs and proved how similar the music of the two cities can be. Check this sampling of videos from the showcase, which includes comically disastrous attempt to cover “Stand By Me” with everyone together:
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