Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Live Video: Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Good morning! How about a little funky Afropop, all the way from Iceland, to start your morning? That’s how we began our broadcast from Iceland Airwaves last month, with the 13 member Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band blasting you awake at 6AM. Now you have the luxury to enjoy the SJS Big Band whenever youRead more...

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Live Video: Snorri Helgason at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason is known for his gentle voice and seductive ballads, but when he returned to play live on KEXP during Iceland Airwaves this year, he went big and bold. Previously, we’ve featured Snorri in Iceland and even in Seattle, but for his set live at KEX hostel last month, he brought fiveRead more...

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Song of the Day: Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band - Ethiópían

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Ethiópían” by Samúel JónRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Ásgeir

Concluding the KEXP broadcast live at KEX Hostel for Iceland Airwaves 2013 is Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir. His father is a poet and his brother a musician (in another Icelandic favorite, Hjatalin). He’s not short on any of the family talent, and lucky for his listeners, an adolescent injury caused him to put down his athleticRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Moses Hightower

The penultimate act of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was Icelandic yacht rock band Moses Hightower. Named for the character played by the late Bubba Smith in the Police Academy movie series, the band draws from a lot of influences, including funk, jazz, and psych. The bar KEX Hostel wasRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Grísalappalísa

Next on KEXP live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was an insane set from Icelandic band Grísalappalísa. The band, whose name means “pig-legged Lisa,” plays raucus music that genre-jumps like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Vocalists Gunnar Ragnarsson and Baldur Baldursson scream and grunt, with accompaniment ranging from punk, to psychadelic, to Kraut Rock--anRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Vök

Next on KEXP’s broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was a stellar set from Icelandic band Vök. The band was formed just this year to compete in (and then win) the Icelandic Music Experiments, a competition focusing on helping young and emerging bands advance their careers, much like Seattle’s Sound Off! Their musicRead more...

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Song of the Day: Grísalappalísa - Allt Má (Má Út)

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 present songs by artists performing the 2014 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Today’sRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: John Grant

Opening our final day of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is singer-songwriter John Grant. Though he is currently based in Iceland, he is one of only two American acts featured on this year’s broadcast. Grant first gained notoriety as the lead singer of Denver-based shoegaze/alt-country band The Czars. When theRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013: Day 3 begins!

Today, we finish our broadcast during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with another excellent day of exclusive live performances at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik. Starting out the day is American singer-songwriter John Grant, who’s been living in Iceland for the past couple of years, followed by an all Icelandic cast. Friday, November 1st 06:00AM PST –Read more...

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