Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Song of the Day: Sóley – Ævintýr

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Ævintýr” by Sóley fromRead more…

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Live Video: Dillalude at Iceland Airwaves

Today marks the birthday of James Yancey, better known as J Dilla, one of the most influential hip-hop artists of this century. Just days after his 32nd birthday, back in 2006, the Detroit-based DJ and producer passed away, leaving an enduring legacy for others to follow. Above the nine albums he produced in his lifetime,Read more…

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Live Video: Sólstafir

When Sólstafir plays for KEXP, the gods take notice. Two years ago, during KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves, hurricane-level gales swept across Reykjavik as the hard rocking band brewed up their own storm inside Kex Hostel. Last month, on their first tour of the West Coast, heavy winds followed them to the KEXP studio toRead more…

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Live Video: Girl Band at Iceland Airwaves

There’s nothing pretty about Girl Band. In fact, the Dublin-based four-piece play some of the most abrasive pop songs you’re likely to hear. But it hadn’t always been that way. Singer Dara Kiely and guitarist Alan Duggan had played together in more conventionally “indie” type bands before hitting upon, quite literally, their aggressive sound. WithRead more…

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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: Iceland Bands

It’s mind-boggling how a place so small can create so much terrific music. This year, as I was compiling my list of top Icelandic releases, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d find as many great albums as last year and the year before. Would I find ten? Twenty? Actually, as it turns out, aRead more…

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Kevin Cole’s Song of the Year: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay

My favorite song of the year is “Color Decay” by Icelandic singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant. I wasn’t blown away by the song the first time I heard it, but it’s not that type of song. It’s deceptively subtle, with a quality that pulled me in, haunted me, and made me want to listen to it again,Read more…

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Live Video: Árstíðir at Iceland Airwaves

In Icelandic their name means “seasons”, but the warm, acoustic chamberpop songs of Árstíðir are particularly comforting on these cold days of winter. Recently, the group has been busy recording and crowd funding their third LP, Hvel (due February 2015), but they took time to share a handful of gorgeous new songs during their performanceRead more…

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Live Video: Sóley at Iceland Airwaves

Sóley is the cutest creeper out there. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is so disarmingly charming, and her voice so exquisite, that even her songs about killer clowns, murderers and weird, one-eyed ladies are quite soothing. She’s also an expert looper and a snappy dresser. In other words, there’s a lot for KEXP listeners to love aboutRead more…

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Live Video: ADHD at Iceland Airwaves

The guys from ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that’s not to say they distract easily. In fact, since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic super-group of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. But still, bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar respectively), DavíðRead more…

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Live Video: Oyama at Iceland Airwaves

It’s shoegaze, not navelgaze. Oyama may have a strong My Bloody Valentine-streak, but the Icelandic five-piece have followed up their initial EP with an invigorated their sound on their debut LP, Coolboy, whose woozy, pitch-bending melodies range between airy dream pop and fuzzy psychedelia. We recorded the band last year in their practice space, butRead more…

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