Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

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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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Kiasmos

We began our broadcast at Iceland Airwaves from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik with familiar faces in a brand new group. Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen have both been featured several times live on KEXP, and not just from Iceland in years past – Ólafur also in Seattle and Austin during SXSW and Janus with BloodgroupRead more…

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Song of the Day: Oyama – Siblings

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, Day 1: It Begins!

It’s gray and slightly rainy in Reykjavik, but eager music lovers from all over the world are bundled up against the bluster and fortifying themselves with Iceland’s good, strong coffee (or maybe skipping straight to the schnapps). Official Iceland Airwaves concerts don’t start until 7:00 tonight, but the streets are full of guitar cases and otherRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014 Starts Tomorrow!

It’s 37 degrees in Reykjavik, and KEXP is setting up at Kex Hostel for four days of incredible live music. Iceland Airwaves festival is just getting warmed up (it officially kicks off tomorrow), but things are already hot here at the hippest hostel in Iceland. We’ve brought along all the necessary equipment to broadcast live performances ofRead more…

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Song of the Day: Kiasmos – Looped

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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Song of the Day: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay

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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