Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

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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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Emilíana Torrini

Next on the KEXP Iceland Airwaves broadcast live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik was spectacular Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini. Even if you do not know her name, you are still very likely familiar with some of her work. Torrini has participated in a wide variety of projects, including writing and recording music for Lord ofRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 1: Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band

First band on air for the 2013 Iceland Airwaves broadcast, live from KEX Hostel, is the 14-man Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band.  First formed in early 2000 for a short series of performances in their native Iceland, the band was reformed in 2007 and released their first studio album Fynkur. In addition to fronting hisRead more...

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013: The broadcast begins!

This week, KEXP is broadcasting for the third year in a row, during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Starting this morning at 6AM, and running 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.Read more...

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Song of the Day: My bubba - Poem Found in the Pocket of an Amazon

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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Song of the Day: Mono Town - Jackie O

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 Festival. Today’s featuredRead more...

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Live Video: Ólafur Arnalds

“I know everyone here by name”, Ólafur Arnalds said during his first in-studio performance at KEXP. It was in fact the fifth time the Icelandic composer and performance has recorded with us, though previously it had been within his own apartment in Reykjavik (in both 2010 and 2011), live from KEX Hostel during our 2012Read more...

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Song of the Day: Snorri Helgason - Calling

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 Festival. Today’s featuredRead more...

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