KEXP Presents: Reykjavik Calling in the Gathering Space 10/14

The Pacific Northwest and the mid-Atlantic will converge again on Saturday, October 14th at Reykjavik Calling, presented by KEXP. As the musical leg of the Taste of Iceland festival — which celebrates its 10th anniversary this week — Reykjavik Calling pulls together some of the most exciting musical acts from Seattle and Iceland. As one of Seattle’s best cross-cultural festivals, this free event is not to be missed, so RSVP today. Doors open at 6 PM, and the show, which will be held in the KEXP Gathering Space, starts at 7 PM.

Reykjavik-based Fufanu are known for their thrillingly fresh synthesis of new wave, Krautrock, and post-punk. KEXP’s own Cheryl Waters called them one of the best bands she’s ever seen live, and Pitchfork wrote that their excellent 2017 record, Sports, “celebrates the little moments of homecoming, of reunion, of pleasant daily life.” Read: bring your dancing shoes.

We’ve also got indie/post-punk rockers Mammút on the docket again (they played in 2015 as well). This trio brings the drama with their masterful space-filled combination of synths and acoustic instruments; KEXP Music Director Don Yates said that their music “seamlessly blends propulsive space-disco with ritualistic psych-rock.”

Finally, we have electrifying local noise-punk trio Charms, who ripped pretty hard on their 2017 album Human Error. Seattle Weekly wrote that their “hyper-kinetic freakouts are a manifestation of the anxieties of Seattle” and that, in their music, “there’s no telling where the intersection of man and machine really begins and ends.” Seems about right!

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