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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Pétur Ben

KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Icelandic artist Pétur Ben. He first came into the spotlight following his collaboration with Icelandic virtuoso Mugisonm and the following year he released his debut record, Wine for My Weakness, and won an Icelandic Music Award for best alternative album. God’s Lonely Man, the followupRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Mono Town

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is KEXP favorite Mono Town. The Icelandic indie-rock trio, comprised of  Bjarki Sigurdsson (vocals, guitar), Börkur Hrafn Birgisson (guitar) and Daði Birgisson (piano), formerly of B.Sig, have a bit of a Britpop-meets-spaghetti-western sound. They are currently working on their debut record In the EyeRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: My bubba

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is an Icelandic/Swedish folk duo My bubba. Their earlier efforts (released under the moniker “My bubba & Mi”) are deeply rooted in southern americana and folk. The songs are sparse, allowing their pure, delicate voices and entrancing harmonies to take center stage. MyRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Snorri Helgason

Opening day two of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason. His music has classic American folk sensibilities, reminiscent of the likes of Harry Nilsson and Nick Drake. some with sparse instrumentation, and words sung so quietly and vulnerably that hearing them makes you feel like aRead more…

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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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