Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

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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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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