Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Hermigervill

One might have thought that after the wild party thrown by FM Belfast, Kex would have calmed down a bit. But the beer fueled buzz continued and the room stayed full. We closed out an amazing second day of our Iceland Airwaves broadcast live at Kex Hostel in downtown Reykjavik with yet another dose of fun electronicRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: FM Belfast

Did you come to Iceland Airwaves to lose your mind? FM Belfast and their fans certainly did. Our fourth show of the day at Kex Hostel was Iceland’s highest energy party act, as we once again featured the typically headlining band in this very intimate space during our broadcast. This electro pop outfit has aRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Mammút

Our third live show of the day from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was Mammút. This rock band won acclaim with their latest album Komdu til mín svarta systir (Come to Me, My Dark Sister), scoring eight nominations at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. Eventually they snagged wins for best album, song, and album cover of the year. We’veRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 2: Júníus Meyvant

Our second live Iceland Airwaves show of the day at Kex Hostel was friend of the station and amiable funny man Júníus Meyvant. This lanky ginger haired songster is a bit of an enigma, with no album and scant online presence. Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson, his given name, began performing music a bit later in life. He wasRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 2: Árstíðir

Our first live Iceland Airwaves show of the day from Kex Hostel in Reykjavik was Icelandic indie-folk quintet Árstíðir. Formed in 2008 as a guitar-based group, they’ve since added piano, violin, and cello to the mix. They incorporate classical, minimalist, and even some prog rock elements into their beautiful folk sound. They recently recorded their thirdRead more…

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Song of the Day: Prins Póló – Hamstra sjarma

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. This week, we’re presenting songs by artists performing at the 2014 Iceland Airwaves Festival. Today’sRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Mugison

This first day of live broadcasting from Iceland Airwaves ended with a bang. Kex Hostel was packed to the gills with eager fans of quintessential Icelandic singer songwriter Mugison (full name Örn Elías Guðmundsson). Raised in the small village of Isafjordur and now living in another tiny village, Súðavík, he is the son of singer Muggi (Muggur). Mugison holds a popularRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Oyama

We just can’t get enough of shoegazey band Oyama, who we featured this morning for our Song of the Day podcast. Later this month, the young Icelandic group is about to release their full-length debut, recorded with friend of KEXP Pétur Ben at Sigur Rós’ Sundlaugin studio. And also today, they shared their new songsRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Uni Stefson

Our third Iceland Airwaves performance at Kex Hostel was Uni Stefson, who shortened his name Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson for his first solo outing earlier this year. This solo project is a marked departure from his past eight years fronting electro pop band Retro Stefson. His new album, Enginn Grætur, is actually based on a 19th century poem thatRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Sóley

Our second act of the day here at Kex Hostel was Sóley, one of our favorites in Iceland. Maybe you caught her unique live loops and beautiful singing at our Reykjavik Calling show at Neumo’s back in October. Or perhaps you’ve watched one of the many times we’ve recorded sessions with her, either at Iceland Airwaves (includingRead more…

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