Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Live Video: Ásgeir at Iceland Airwaves 2013

It seemed like just yesterday that Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir was in Seattle and sitting on a park bench next to Kurt Cobain’s house on Lake Washington. Just over a year ago, he was performing from his glorious debut, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, and revealed that he had been working with U.S. born, Iceland resident John GrantRead more...

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Song of the Day: Mammút - Salt

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 “Salt” by Mammút fromRead more...

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Live Video: Ylja at Iceland Airwaves 2013

They don’t call it the land of fire and ice for nothing. Geographically, Iceland is a land of extremes, from its vast glaciers to its active volcanos. But there must be some space in the middle where the two meet. In Norse mythology, that space, between fiery Muspelheim and icy Niflheim, is where life begins.Read more...

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Live Video: Mono Town at Iceland Airwaves 2013

At KEXP, we get excited about a lot of Icelandic bands, and we’re thrilled to watch so many of them reach the wider audiences they deserve, but few seem as immediately poised for arena rock stardom as Mono Town. The trio’s emotive and often explosive songs draw heavily from a shared love for Britpop bombast,Read more...

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Live Video: Drangar

Drangar: their name translates roughly in English to “pillars of rock”, and it’s about as apt a description you’ll find for this Icelandic group, whose members — Mugison, Jónas Sigurðsson and Ómar Guðjónsson — are each highly respected musicians with their own projects. Thanks to the chance occurrence of a snowstorm (okay, not that muchRead more...

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Video Premiere: Snorri Helgason - Summer Is Almost Gone

You’re not alone if the crummy weather this season makes you wish it were a different time of year. It’s what makes sharing today’s exclusive video premiere even more special. For “Summer Is Almost Gone”, Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason ventures to New York City on a hot summer day, walking the streets, busking on sidewalks,Read more...

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Live Video: Sin Fang

“Sin Fang in a box”, Cheryl Waters called it. It’s how Sindri Már Sigfússon solved the problem of taking his Sin Fang project on the road, especially outside of his native Iceland, when he couldn’t manage to bring a full band with him. But more importantly, it’s also a creative interpretation of his songs asRead more...

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2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Iceland Bands

It’s enough to make you curl up screaming in the fetal position – the number of amazing Icelandic releases in 2013, that is. As if 2012 wasn’t already such a great year, but damn, 2013 proves there’s no end to the wealth of talent on the arctic island. Since they’re each so great in differentRead more...

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Live Video: My bubba at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Steamier than a geothermal pool, My bubba write songs that will warm your heart (and other parts) on a cold winter’s day. The Icelandic/Swedish folk duo, formerly known as My bubba & Mi, shared their sultry songs for the second year in a row at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves, this time previewingRead more...

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Song of the Day: Drangar - Bál

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 “ Bál” by DrangarRead more...

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