Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

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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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: Sturla Atlas

First up on day four of KEXP’s live stream from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is Icelandic hip hop artist Sturla Atlas. The stage name for singer Sturla Atlason, Sturla Atlas makes 90’s-style hip hop and RnB injected with Icelandic humor that manages to be both over-the-top and totally deadpan. Hailing from right here in 101Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 4: We’re Streaming!

Deep in the heart of this festival weekend, the brave souls that get out of bed before noon and head out in the pouring rain will be joining us for another spectacular day of Icelandic music at Kex Hostel. Though our live broadcast wrapped yesterday, we’ll still be streaming live video for four bands today. FirstRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Bo Ningen

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was wild Japanese psychadelic punk band Bo Ningen. A four-piece acid-punk band all hailing from Japan, but got together as a band in London in 2006-7.  Taigen Kwabe (vocal & bass) met Kohhei Matsuda (guitar) in 2006 when their respective postRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Vök

Rounding out our last day of the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is Icelandic dream-pop band Vök. Formed in 2013 as a duo (singer Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir and saxophonist Andri Már Enoksson) to enter Músíktilraunir (or “Musical Experiment Contest”)–a battle of the bands for young musicians, similar to Seattle’s SoundRead more…

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