Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Song of the Day: FM Belfast - Everything

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Everything” by FM Belfast from theRead more...

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Live Video: Emilíana Torrini

We’ve packed the house at Kex Hostel during our broadcasts during Iceland Airwaves over the last few years, but no session was filled with as many fervent Icelandic fans as the performance by Emilíana Torrini. The Iceland native (her father is Italian, if you’re wondering about her name) grew up in Reykjavik but made aRead more...

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Live Video: Hjaltalín

Not all of the magical places in Iceland are majestic glaciers, crystal waterfalls, bubbling thermal springs, or the lava field dwellings of the so-called hidden folk -- some are as common as public swimming pools. Sundlaugin, for instance, was for some sixty years a local pool just outside Reykjavik, until Sigur Rós converted it intoRead more...

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Mammút

One of the joys of returning to Iceland year after year is watching young bands grow up. All teenagers when they began in 2004, and some were even still when we first discovered them back in 2009, Mammút have honed their emotionally expressive and dynamic sound over the past years into an award winning combination.Read more...

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Sóley

Iceland breeds some unique vocalists. One of our favorites, who we discovered a few years ago at Icelandic Airwaves Festival is Sóley, a former member of Seabear who has become an acclaimed songwriter on her own. We know we’re not the only ones to fall in love with her, as Sóley’s performance of “I’ll Drown”,Read more...

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Of Monsters & Men

One of Iceland’s most popular musical exports, after Björk and Sigur Rós, has to be Of Monsters & Men. We were fortunate to discover this talented young band early and capture them on video as they practiced for their first ever performance at Icelandic Airwaves Festival back in 2010. They’ve since become international superstars, butRead more...

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Drangar

One of the highlights of last year’s Icelandic Airwaves Festival was the live session we did with Icelandic supergroup Drangar, recorded at Sigur Rós’ Sundlaugin (or “Swimming Pool”) studio. The three bandmates — Mugison, Jónas Sigurðsson and Ómar Guðjónsson — each highly respected musicians with their own projects — joined together over a shared loveRead more...

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Live Video: múm at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Each time we’ve gone back to Iceland over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to discover and share with KEXP listeners quite a few bands who might not otherwise leave their shores. For every Sugarcubes and Sigur Rós, we found dozens of others, like Hjaltalín, Ásgeir, Of Monsters and Men (back in 2010!), LayRead more...

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Live Video: Caveman at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Our broadcast during Iceland Airwaves isn’t always about the Iceland bands. While we do enjoy spotlighting groups that KEXP listeners might not otherwise hear, we also love to share with our Nordic friends some of our own favorites, like NYC’s Caveman, whose lush, dreamy indie pop sound translates to all cultures and climates. We’ve hostedRead more...

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Live Video: John Grant at Iceland Airwaves 2013

KEXP staffers aren’t the only Americans to fall under the ethereal spell of Iceland: when musician John Grant played the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in 2011, he liked it so much, he decided to stay! Performing songs from the album he recorded there, his sophomore release Pale Green Ghosts, Grant looked right at home amongstRead more...

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