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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3

Now the middle day of Airwaves, the streets of Reykjavík are quiet this morning, with thousands of festival-goers still resting up for the weekend ahead. The Kex bar is quiet now, but will shortly be filled with the buzzing energy of fans waiting to see these intimate sets. Guests in one of Kex hostel’s dorms alreadyRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: GusGus

Rounding out day two of KEXP’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is Icelandic electronic band Gus Gus. Formed in 1995 by filmmakers Stefán Árni and Siggi Kjartansson as a film group and acting collective, the goup’s purpose quickly changed with the addition of programmer Biggi Thórarinsson and DJ Herb Legowitz.Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Emmsjé Gauti

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is the boss MC of Iceland, Emmsjé Gauti. The stage name for Icelandic rapper Gauta Þeyr Mássonar) Emmsjé Gauti is reigning king of Iceland’s burgeoning hip hop scene. Though he’s only in his mid-twenties, he’s been rapping for half his life,Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: LoneLady

The middle set of today’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is British pop artist Lonelady. The pseudonym for british pop artist Julie Campbell, LoneLady combines funky guitar riffs with fun, dancy synths and beats, and influences the likes of “That’s Us/Wild Combination”-era Arthur Campbell. Hailing from Manchester, she cites long walks in theRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Júníus Meyvant

Next on the Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel was Icelandic indie-rock artist Júníus Meyvant. Hailing from the remote Vestmann Islands, Júníus Meyvant (the pseudonym used by Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) started playing music later than most, after finding a beat-up guitar at his parents’ house in his early twenties. He quickly found his voice andRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Úlfur Eldjárn

Opening day two of the Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel is Icelandic composer, producer, and musician Úlfur Eldjárn. Like many of his Icelandic contemporaries, Úlfur has his fingers in many pots: He plays in Apparat Organ Quartet, he composes music for film, TV, video games, and commercials, and is now releasing his secondRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Our Program Continues

After the first night of Airwaves, bleary-eyed festival-goers are just now starting to brave Reykjavik’s wind and rain to get ready for  day two. Over a coffee (or maybe a strong drink, depending who you talk to), everyone’s buzzing about the bands they saw last night and the far-flung, hidden party spaces they found their wayRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 1: Fufanu

Rounding out the first night of of KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel is Icelandic punk band Fufanu. The band began life as techno outfit Captain Fufanu, but after the theft of the computer containing their record, they cut “Captain” from their name and jumped into a completely new genre. They’ve opted forRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, day 1: Hjaltalín

Next on KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel is Icelandic indie-rock band Hjaltalín. The band formed in 2004, but didn’t release their debut record Sleepdrunk Seasons for almost three years. It was certainly worth the wait, as the album quickly drew significant national attention. Things only got better for Hjaltalín, as their 2012Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 1: Operators

Next on KEXP live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was the first non-Icelandic band of this year’s broadcast. Operators is the new synth-pop project from Canadian musician Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Divine Fits/Handsome Furs). A ray of sun after the bright but melancholy cloud of Divine Fits’ A Thing Called Divine Fits, Boeckner’s newRead more…

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