Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Song of the Day: Mr. Silla – Holding On

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Holding On” by Mr.Read more…

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17 Women, 17 Voices: An Interview with Reykjavíkurdætur

Icelandic hip hop collective Reykjavíkurdætur (“Daughters of Reykjavik”) are a force to be reckoned with. A huge group of seventeen women, they work together to create songs about topics ranging from sexual politics to political ones. During KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves last year, they played to a packed house at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik. BeforeRead more…

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Live Video: Sóley at Iceland Airwaves

KEXP can never get enough of Sóley. The charming Icelandic songstress has a knack for covering a deep emotional range and some occasionally morbid subjects in the most disarming and endearing way. In fact, we’ve recorded her six out of the past seven years we’ve been covering Iceland Airwaves, and she never fails to meltRead more…

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Song of the Day: Úlfur Eldjárn – Poyekhali!

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Poyekhali!” by the ÚlfurRead more…

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Live Video: GusGus at Iceland Airwaves

Few bands are more iconic in Iceland than GusGus. Starting some 20 years ago, more arts collective than musical act, GusGus broke from their cinematographic origins and through to mainland Europe and the world in the mid 90’s with their eclectic electronica assembly of techno, deep house, dance-pop, trip-hop, R&B and other influences, on which,Read more…

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Live Video: Vök at Iceland Airwaves

KEXP has been incredibly fortunate to return to Iceland these past six years, not only to discover new artists to share with our listeners, but also to witness the astounding growth of bands like Vök. When we first heard them in 2013, Vök had recently formed, starting as a duo and winning Músíktilraunir (Iceland’s battleRead more…

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Live Video: Mammút

In the microcosm of Iceland’s music scene, where bands tend to germinate, blossom and wither as if viewed on time-lapse, the young twenty-somethings of Mammút might be seen as practically prehistoric. The five members literally grew up together during their decade as one of Iceland’s most critically acclaimed bands and, with the release of River’sRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Æla

  Closing out our live video broadcast from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves 2015 was a crazy set from Icelandic post-punk band Æla. Icelandic for “Puke,” Æla is known for a raucous live show, with costumes, glitter, and wild antics. Their debut album Synið tillitssemi, eg er fravik was released in 2006, and they toured internationallyRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Úlfur Úlfur

Next on the live video broadcast from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was popular Icelandic rap group Úlfur Úlfur. Comprised of rappers Arnar Freyr and Helgi Sæmundur with a rotating group of musicians, they combine hard rock, post rock, melodic choruses and hard rap. They debuted with Föstudagurinn langi in 2011, and after much anticipation, released their secondRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Reykjavíkurdætur

Next on the live video stream from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is Icelandic feminist rap collective Reykjavíkurdætur. Formed in 2013, the name “Reykjavíkurdætur” was a bit of an accident. It was the name of the first song the collective released, and once they were referred to as such, they’ve embraced the name everRead more…

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