Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

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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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Low Roar

Next on KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from Kex Hostel was Icelandic band Low Roar. Low Roar is the brainchild of American Ryan Karazija, who moved to Reykjavik from Oakland, CA in 2010. To combat the loneliness of moving to a strange new place, he recorded his self-titled debut on his laptop in his kitchen, andRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Agent Fresco

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was Icelandic art-rock band Agent Fresco. Formed in 2008, mere weeks before playing in the Icelandic battle of the bands (Músíktilraunir), at which they won best guitar, best drumming, and best bass playing. The four-piece band includes frontman Arnór Dan Arnarson, whose angelic voiceRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Sóley

Opening the third day of KEXP’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival was Icelandic singer-songwriter and KEXP favorite Sóley. Previously a member of Seabear and Sin Fang, the soft-voiced multi-instrumentalist has had a very successful solo career. She released her debut We Sink in 2011, and has mesmerized audiences internationally with herRead more…

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Song of the Day: Æla – Your Head Is My Ground

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 are featuring songs by artists performing KEXP’s broadcast at Kex Hostel in ReykjavikRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3

Now the middle day of Airwaves, the streets of Reykjavík are quiet this morning, with thousands of festival-goers still resting up for the weekend ahead. The Kex bar is quiet now, but will shortly be filled with the buzzing energy of fans waiting to see these intimate sets. Guests in one of Kex hostel’s dorms alreadyRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: GusGus

Rounding out day two of KEXP’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is Icelandic electronic band Gus Gus. Formed in 1995 by filmmakers Stefán Árni and Siggi Kjartansson as a film group and acting collective, the goup’s purpose quickly changed with the addition of programmer Biggi Thórarinsson and DJ Herb Legowitz.Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: Emmsjé Gauti

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is the boss MC of Iceland, Emmsjé Gauti. The stage name for Icelandic rapper Gauta Þeyr Mássonar) Emmsjé Gauti is reigning king of Iceland’s burgeoning hip hop scene. Though he’s only in his mid-twenties, he’s been rapping for half his life,Read more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 2: LoneLady

The middle set of today’s broadcast live from Kex Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is British pop artist Lonelady. The pseudonym for british pop artist Julie Campbell, LoneLady combines funky guitar riffs with fun, dancy synths and beats, and influences the likes of “That’s Us/Wild Combination”-era Arthur Campbell. Hailing from Manchester, she cites long walks in theRead more…

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