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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 4: Dream Wife

Closing out a fantastic week of music live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival were London-based power-pop trio Dream Wife. The band is comprised of London-based musicians Alice and Bella, and Icelandic singer Rakel, who are known for their super-fun performances and strange, beautiful music videos. It’s appropriate that the band originated as a performance artRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 4: Andy Svarthol

Next on the KEXP live video stream from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was brand-new band Andy Svarthol. Comprised of brothers Egill and Bjarki Hreinn Viðarsson). Andy Svarthol came together in 2015 after Egill’s other project Nóra went on hiatus. They aren’t even in the festival’s official lineup, but that’s not slowing them down.Read more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 4: Mammút

Next on the KEXP video stream live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival were genre-bending Icelandic post-punk band Mammút. Formed as a trio called ROK in 2003, the band expanded in 2004 and changed their name before winning Iceland’s Músiktilraunir (a battle of the bands similar to Seattle’s Sound Off! Other notable alumniRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 4: Let’s Eat Grandma

A sizable crowd gathered at KEX Hostel quite early in the day to catch strange and wonderful music from young English experimental electro-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma. The teenage band is comprised of lifelong best friends Rosa and Jenny, who display wisdom and musical prowess well beyond their years. They’ve had incredible success in their native UK, withRead more…

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Iceland Airwaves Day 4: One More Day!

It’s a chilly morning in Reykjavik, and KEXP is setting up for another great day of live music at KEX Hostel. While today’s performances won’t be broadcast on air, there will be live video streaming all day on Facebook. First up are English dream-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, Icelandic post-punk band Mammút, Icelandic electro-pop group AndyRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 3: Kate Tempest

Closing out another unbelievable night of music at KEX Hostel was English rapper and poet Kate Tempest. A “wayward youth” in her early teens, she was later inspired by an english teacher who got her into poetry, and at age 16 began her career as a poet, playwright, rapper, and spoken word artist. She went on to studyRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 3: Adia Victoria

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves 2016 was incredibly talented American singer Adia Victoria. Hailing from South Carolina, Adia was raised by a devout seventh-day-adventist family, and was isolated from much of popular culture for most of her childhood. In high school, once she was enrolled in public school insteadRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 3: Digable Planets

Second on today’s broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves music festival was the incomparable Digable Planets. Formed in Brooklyn in 1992, the poet-rappers, comprised of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving, continue to push the limits of what many would expect from a hip hop performance. While they only releasedRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 3: Moji & The Midnight Sons

First up on day three of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was soulful Icelandic-American blues-rock band Moji & The Midnight Sons. Conceived of in a small Reykjavik whiskey bar under the light of the midnight sun, Moji and the Midnight Sons are new faces in Icelandic music, only having metRead more…

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Airwaves Day 3 is Here!

  We’ve reached day three, the halfway point of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and of the KEXP broadcast. Rather than winding down, things are just getting going, as festival-goers prepare for a weekend that invariably becomes a music supermarathon, catching great music all over Reykjavik from noon to 5 AM. We’re ramping things up hereRead more…

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