Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Boogie Trouble

Closing out day two of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is dancetastic Icelandic disco band Boogie Trouble. The population may be small, but Iceland leaves no stone unturned when it comes to exploring genres. Tonight’s closing act is a great example. Fronted by sweet-voiced Klara Arnalds (sister of Ólöf Arnalds),Read more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Pétur Ben

KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Icelandic artist Pétur Ben. He first came into the spotlight following his collaboration with Icelandic virtuoso Mugisonm and the following year he released his debut record, Wine for My Weakness, and won an Icelandic Music Award for best alternative album. God’s Lonely Man, the followupRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Mono Town

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is KEXP favorite Mono Town. The Icelandic indie-rock trio, comprised of  Bjarki Sigurdsson (vocals, guitar), Börkur Hrafn Birgisson (guitar) and Daði Birgisson (piano), formerly of B.Sig, have a bit of a Britpop-meets-spaghetti-western sound. They are currently working on their debut record In the EyeRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: My bubba

Next on the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is an Icelandic/Swedish folk duo My bubba. Their earlier efforts (released under the moniker “My bubba & Mi”) are deeply rooted in southern americana and folk. The songs are sparse, allowing their pure, delicate voices and entrancing harmonies to take center stage. MyRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Snorri Helgason

Opening day two of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason. His music has classic American folk sensibilities, reminiscent of the likes of Harry Nilsson and Nick Drake. some with sparse instrumentation, and words sung so quietly and vulnerably that hearing them makes you feel like aRead more...

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Song of the Day: Ásgeir - King and Cross

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 2 begins!

This week, KEXP is broadcasting for the third year in a row, during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Now through Friday, November 1, we’re bringing you five bands a day performing live at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, including Emilíana Torrini, Moses Hightower, Petúr Ben, John Grant, Ásgeir and many others. Today’s all-Icelandic lineup includes stellar singer-songwritersRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Borko

Rounding out tonight’s broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is Borko. Though it is not uncommon for Icelandic musicians to have their fingers in many pots, Borko (Björn Kristiansson) takes the idea to a whole new level. He  immerses himself in essentially every aspect of local music, from composing for film and dance,Read more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Valdimar

The penultimate act on our roster for day one of KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast, live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik is another fantastic Icelandic band, Valdimar. Both of Valdimar’s albums, Undraland (2010) and Um Stund (2012), have seen quite a lot of commercial success in their native Iceland, with “Yfirgefinn” becoming one of the country’sRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Caveman

Our next set for the KEXP Broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is New York-based quintet Caveman. Caveman’s sound has evolved rapidly in the last few years. An overnight success, their 2011 debut Coco Beware was dreamy indie-pop, with light, floating synths and gentle harmonizing vocals. Their new, self-titled record is a horseRead more...

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