Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Music That Matters Podcast: Iceland Airwaves 2014 Preview

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently, you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 432 – Iceland Airwaves 2014 Preview DJ Kevin Cole andRead more…

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Live Video: Ásgeir

It’s going to take a little practice, but you’ll be saying the name Ásgeir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we first introduced the young singer-songwriter to Seattle audiences two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would appeal to KEXP listeners even if his songs were sung then completely inRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Taste of Iceland 10/9-10/12

What does Iceland taste like? Cold? Salty? Perhaps a little gamey? Delicious? Do Icelanders like what we like? Find out for yourself as the Nordic country invades Seattle for Taste of Iceland, a weekend-long cultural extravaganza this Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, October 12th, featuring tastes of food, music, literature and the visual arts. ThroughoutRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Reykjavik Calling this Saturday… free show at Neumos!

This weekend, Reykjavik Calling returns! On Saturday, October 11, at Neumos, KEXP presents the fifth installment of this cross-cultural musical exploration featuring pairings and creative collaborations between musicians from sister cities Seattle and Reykjavik, Iceland. Best of all, admission is free! This year’s lineup includes Júníus Meyvant paired with Eric Anderson of Cataldo, Sóley withRead more…

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Song of the Day: FM Belfast – Everything

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 “Everything” by FM Belfast from theRead more…

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Live Video: Emilíana Torrini

We’ve packed the house at Kex Hostel during our broadcasts during Iceland Airwaves over the last few years, but no session was filled with as many fervent Icelandic fans as the performance by Emilíana Torrini. The Iceland native (her father is Italian, if you’re wondering about her name) grew up in Reykjavik but made aRead more…

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Live Video: Hjaltalín

Not all of the magical places in Iceland are majestic glaciers, crystal waterfalls, bubbling thermal springs, or the lava field dwellings of the so-called hidden folk — some are as common as public swimming pools. Sundlaugin, for instance, was for some sixty years a local pool just outside Reykjavik, until Sigur Rós converted it intoRead more…

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Mammút

One of the joys of returning to Iceland year after year is watching young bands grow up. All teenagers when they began in 2004, and some were even still when we first discovered them back in 2009, Mammút have honed their emotionally expressive and dynamic sound over the past years into an award winning combination.Read more…

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Sóley

Iceland breeds some unique vocalists. One of our favorites, who we discovered a few years ago at Icelandic Airwaves Festival is Sóley, a former member of Seabear who has become an acclaimed songwriter on her own. We know we’re not the only ones to fall in love with her, as Sóley’s performance of “I’ll Drown”,Read more…

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Iceland Flyaway Spotlight: Of Monsters & Men

One of Iceland’s most popular musical exports, after Björk and Sigur Rós, has to be Of Monsters & Men. We were fortunate to discover this talented young band early and capture them on video as they practiced for their first ever performance at Icelandic Airwaves Festival back in 2010. They’ve since become international superstars, butRead more…

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