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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 2: ГШ (Glintshake)

Next on the broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was Russian punk band Glintshake. Formed in 2012, much of their early music was in english, but they’ve since switched to making music in Russian, even re-recording some of their English songs in their native language and changing their name to the cyrillic characters ГШRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 2: Par-Ðar

Next on the broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves music festival is Icelandic psych outfit Par-Ðar. Their name serving as a description for the band’s sound, “PAR” is an acronym for Psychedelic Ambient Rock, and “Ðar” is the band’s made-up word for a state of enlightenment or being. Their sound is a mixRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 2: JFDR

It just wouldn’t be Airwaves without seeing one of Jófríður Ákadóttir’s many musical projects, and today we’re being treated to some of her new solo work, produced under the moniker JFDR, live from Kex Hostel in Reykjavík. A local songwriting prodigy, Jófríður has been playing music since she was 14, when she formed folk-pop bandRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 2

Another day, another dollar (or is it another krona?). While I’m not quite sure what the conversion rate is for days and poorly-executed metaphors here in Iceland, one thing I am sure of is that we are bringing you another incredible day of live music here at Kex Hostel during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. While most of theRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1: Hatari

Wow, what an unbelievable end to a great day of live music. Day one of the Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel closed with a bang as we welcomed Iceland’s favorite new live act Hatari. Icelandic for “Hater,” Hatari was formed by Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldson, and Einar Stéfansson as a band and aRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1: GusGus

Next on KEXP’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was Icelandic electronic band Gus Gus. Formed in 1995 by filmmakers Stefán Árni and Siggi Kjartansson as a film group and acting collective, the group’s purpose quickly changed with the addition of programmer Biggi Thórarinsson and DJ Herb Legowitz. GusGus’s lineup hasRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1: Sóley

Next on the Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel was Icelandic musician Sóley. She’s a long-time KEXP favorite, having already played the Airwaves broadcast four times (in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015) as well as an intimate Kex dormitory performance in 2013. Aside from her popular solo work, she was also a member of notable mid-2000’s Icelandic bandRead more…

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KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1: Between Mountains

We opened this year’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with a newer Icelandic band, Between Mountains. Hailing from the Westfjords, the promising new duo were this year’s winner of Músíktilraunir, a youth-focused battle of the bands (similar to Seattle’s Sound Off!), which has been a stepping stone for many notable Icelandic acts, suchRead more…

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Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1

It’s a clear, crisp afternoon in beautiful Reykjavík, Iceland and locals and visitors alike are gearing up for what is sure to be another great year at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Here at Kex Hostel, the KEXP road crew is putting the finishing touches on our preparations for this year’s off-venue spectacular. We’re starting things outRead more…

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Iceland Airwaves is Here Again!

It’s Tuesday afternoon here in charming Reykjavik, Iceland, and the city is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year: Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. People are talking about new bands, comparing notes and schedules, and are preparing for five full days jam-packed with live music from all over the world. Though theRead more…

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