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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Borko

Rounding out tonight’s broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Borko. Though it is not uncommon for Icelandic musicians to have their fingers in many pots, Borko (Björn Kristiansson) takes the idea to a whole new level. He  immerses himself in essentially every aspect of local music, from composing for film and dance,Read more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Valdimar

The penultimate act on our roster for day one of KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast, live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik is another fantastic Icelandic band, Valdimar. Both of Valdimar’s albums, Undraland (2010) and Um Stund (2012), have seen quite a lot of commercial success in their native Iceland, with “Yfirgefinn” becoming one of the country’sRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Caveman

Our next set for the KEXP Broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is New York-based quintet Caveman. Caveman’s sound has evolved rapidly in the last few years. An overnight success, their 2011 debut Coco Beware was dreamy indie-pop, with light, floating synths and gentle harmonizing vocals. Their new, self-titled record is a horseRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Emilíana Torrini

Next on the KEXP Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik was spectacular Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini. Even if you do not know her name, you are still very likely familiar with some of her work. Torrini has participated in a wide variety of projects, including writing and recording music for Lord ofRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band

First band on air for the 2013 Iceland Airwaves broadcast, live from KEX Hostel, is the 14-man Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band.  First formed in early 2000 for a short series of performances in their native Iceland, the band was reformed in 2007 and released their first studio album Fynkur. In addition to fronting hisRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Ghostigital

Ghostigital is the project of former Sugarcubes member and current Reykjavik city councilman Einar Örn and NYC-based Icelandic producer Curver. This genre-bending twisting dance music has previously featured a cast of all-star contributors, like David Byrne, Damon Albarn, and Nick Zinner.

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Hjálmar

Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar combines heavy roots influence with hints of Icelandic folk, atmospheric rock, and synth-ey electronica. No one can claim that Iceland gets a lot of tropical weather, so this was a nice way to fake a little sunshine on a very blustery Icelandic afternoon at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik. During theirRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Ólafur Arnalds

Young Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds (not to be confused with his cousin, female Icelandic musician Ólöf Arnalds) creates and performs beautiful ambient soundscapes. His popularity has grown exponentially in the last year or so, and his music has even been used in films like The Hunger Games, as well as several television shows. Formerly aRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 1: Tilbury

Icelandic band Tilbury released their debut album, Exorcise, earlier this year on Iceland’s own Record Records. Though Tilbury is comprised of some heavy hitters in Icelandic music, their synth-ey dream-pop music has a distinctly British feel (so it seems to be no coincidence that they share a name with a small English port town). AccordingRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 1: Sóley

For the first of many sets during KEXP’s broadcast this week live from KEX hostel in Reykjavík during Iceland Airwaves, the crowds began to fill in quickly at around noon. Excited festival-goers packed in to stake out their spot to see Icelandic singer-songwriter Sóley. Also the keyboardist for Seabear and Sin Fang, Sóley Stefánsdóttir releasedRead more...

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