Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Live Video: HAM at Iceland Airwaves

We are HAM! If you aren’t yet, that’s okay. HAM is legend. It took years of inactivity to become the rock icons they are today. Following the Icelandic doom metal band’s prolific years, from 1988 to 1994, their legion of fans grew, until finally their members stepped aside from their other careers — some inRead more…

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Live Video: Mammút at Iceland Airwaves

To call Mammút‘s live act “emotive” is a huge understatement. Frontwoman Kata Mogensen seems to enter a completely different state onstage, even covering herself in fake blood or painting her face ominously, while the rest of the band unleashes a colossal sound. We’ve been fortunate to watch the young group rise to the front ofRead more…

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Live Video: Kiasmos at Iceland Airwaves

Not surprisingly, a country known for its epic landscapes like Iceland also produces similarly cinematic music, like that of Kiasmos. The breathtaking sound of this new duo, featuring composer Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen (also of Bloodgroup), was the perfect intro for the first day of KEXP’s four-day broadcast from Kex Hostel in Reykjavik duringRead more…

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Live Video: Low Roar

The otherworldliness of Iceland’s landscape is never lost on those who live or travel there. Not just a land of fire and ice, it is also a land of light and dark, starkness and majesty, community and isolation. The only thing that isn’t a wonder about Iceland is how artists of all kinds echo itsRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Girl Band

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Börn

The second act up for our live streaming broadcast from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was rock and post-punk band Börn. They have a darker, gloomier sound influenced by the Icelandic punk movement of the 80s. Lead singer Alexandra is a total badass. She came adorned in black lipstick, a bright green faux hawk and blondeRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Pink Street Boys

Our fourth day of live Iceland Airwaves music from Kex Hostel in the volcanic wonderland of Iceland kicked off early and with a high energy middle finger. Oh, are you hung over from Reykjavik’s infamously late nightlife? Pink Street Boys don’t care. These boys claim to be the loudest band in Iceland, and they areRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Exclusive Online Streaming!

Good morning campers. The sun is shining bright and clear here in Reykjavik. We will admit we had actually forgotten what blue skies looked like. It turns out it is absolutely beautiful in this chilly city! The golden sun bouncing off a calmer sea and kissing snow covered mountains in the distance is enough toRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: HAM

Holy hell, what an epic finish! Legendary Icelandic band HAM took over Kex Hostel for our final show of the day from Iceland Airwaves. And when we say took over, we really mean it. These heavy rockers formed in 1984, but it was a series of opening gigs for The Sugarcubes in 1988 that beganRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Kimono

  It’s gusting something fierce out in the dark Reykjavik night. But it’s warm and cozy here in Kex Hostel as our live broadcast continues. Our fourth Iceland Airwaves act of the day was rock trio Kimono, heavy, loud, and a bit dark. They formed in 2001 as an instrumental post-rock band, but have evolved over the years toRead more…

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