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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 2: Kronos Quartet

Rounding out a stunning second day of the KEXP Broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music festival are the incomparable Kronos Quartet. The San Francisco-based string quartet has been around for over 40 years, with a roster of rotating musicians, currently comprised of David Harrington (Violin), John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola), and SunnyRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 2: Coals

Next on the roster for day two of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival live from Kex Hostel were the incredible young polish duo Coals. Hailing from the coal-mining region of Silesia, Poland, an area known for its coal mines, Coals are Katarzyna Kowalczyk and Łukasz Rozmysłowski. Formed in 2014, Coals have been making waves in theirRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 2: Axel Flóvent

Second on today’s broadcast live from KEX hostel at at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent. Axel has achieved recent international prominence after years playing in his hometown of Húsavik (a small fishing village in the north of Iceland), and all around his native Iceland. He released his debut EP Forest Fires last year, and followup single “YourRead more…

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KEXP Live from Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 2: Samaris

KEXP can’t get enough of today’s first act, Samaris. They’ve been featured as song of the day, highlighted on several Music that Matters podcasts and yearly top-10 lists, and even played at the station’s New Home Opening in Seattle earlier this year. Today we have the pleasure of having them open day two of KEXP’s IcelandRead more…

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Airwaves Day Two is Here!

After an incredible first day of Iceland Airwaves, this cold, wet Reykjavik morning has bleary-eyed festival-goers seeking coffee and comparing schedules for the day. Here at KEX Hostel, guests and staff are enjoying the calm before the storm of Airwaves activity, and the KEXP is setting up for another day of fantastic music. Today’s schedule includes Icelandic acts SamarisRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves, Day 1: The Sonics

Rounding out an unbelievable first day of KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast live at Kex Hostel are garage rock legends The Sonics. Formed in Tacoma in 1960, The Sonics are widely regarded as the first garage and first punk band, and have had a wide-reaching influence on the course of garage, punk, and rock history. TheirRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 1: Singapore Sling

Taking us into the rainy Reykjavik night is a hard-hitting set live at KEX Hostel from Icelandic psych-rockers Singapore Sling. Though the band was formed in 2000, founder Henrik Björnsson had been writing their songs for years before. He made some 8-track demos on his own, and then put the band together in order toRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 1: Gangly

In a town as small as Reykjavik, densely packed with so much talent and collaboration, the term “supergroup” gets thrown around so much that it starts. That being said, Icelandic electronic band Gangly is a true supergroup. The band is a collaboration between three Icelandic powerhouse musicians: Sindri Már Sigfússon (Sin Fang, Seabear), Jófríður Ákadóttir (Pascal Pinon, JFDR,Read more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2016, Day 1: SUÐ

The crowd at Kex Hostel is abuzz with excitement in anticipation of the triumphant return of Icelandic indie-rock band SUР(appropriately, Icelandic for “Buzz”). The band originally formed in the late 90’s, releasing only one album, 1999’s Hugsunarvélin, and played together until 2003. After reconnecting at guitarist Helgi’s wedding a couple years ago, SUÐ decided to start playing together again. They self-releasedRead more…

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Airwaves is Here!

We have reached day one of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, and the anticipation in Reykjavik is palatable. Locals and visitors alike are milling about town, getting ready for the big week to come. Here at KEX Hostel, KEXP is putting the finishing touches on preparations for an incredible week of live music. You can catchRead more…

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