Category Archives: Iceland Airwaves

Photos: Reykjavik Calling 2015 at Neumos

Last weekend saw the return of Reykjavik Calling, the annual showcase featuring artists from sister cities Reykjavik and Seattle. Each year, KEXP curates the bill, selecting likeminded artists whose complementary styles might lead to fruitful collaboration. This year, we made our choices with a mind toward Iceland’s 2015 centennial of women’s right to vote inRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Reykjavik Calling 2015

This Saturday, October 10th, KEXP presents the Sixth Annual Reykjavik Calling at Neumos, a free showcase pairing artists from Iceland’s burgeoning music scene with your favorite Seattle musicians. Local artist Briana Marela opens the show. Though based here in Seattle, she recorded her most recent album in Reykjavic, with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers. TheRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Úlfur Eldjárn – Poyekhali!

“Music” and “space” form an undeniable symbiosis. We use each word to describe the other all the time, yet in truth, the one cannot exist in the other. The only sound of the spheres is in our minds. But what great imaginations we have. Over the years, many sonic explorers have reached far into theRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: Mr. Silla – Breathe

It’s hard to describe our anticipation for the full-length debut from Mr. Silla. We’ve featured Sigurlaug Gisladóttir, a longtime member of Icelandic band múm, with her own project for the past few years — recording her first in her own Reykjavik studio in 2011, then during our broadcast at Iceland Airwaves in 2013, and againRead more…

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Song of the Day: Vök – If I Was

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “If I Was” byRead more…

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Song of the Day: Júníus Meyvant – Hailslide

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 “Hailslide” by Júníus MeyvantRead more…

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Live Video: Kaleo

Good music may be one of the few things Iceland and Austin, Texas, have in common. Kaleo is a perfect example of that bond. The Austin-based Icelandic four-piece dance around their influences while delivering songs with such diverse sound you wonder if their songs all come from the same band. But unlike some groups thatRead more…

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Live Video: Samaris

Whether it’s their surroundings, the air, the water, the isolation or a communal appreciation of the arts, something has given Icelanders a lock on creating otherworldly sonic landscapes. Sigur Rós and Björk are of course the most famous of them, but if you’ve been listening to KEXP’s broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves over the past sixRead more…

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Song of the Day: Sóley – Ævintýr

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Ævintýr” by Sóley fromRead more…

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Live Video: Dillalude at Iceland Airwaves

Today marks the birthday of James Yancey, better known as J Dilla, one of the most influential hip-hop artists of this century. Just days after his 32nd birthday, back in 2006, the Detroit-based DJ and producer passed away, leaving an enduring legacy for others to follow. Above the nine albums he produced in his lifetime,Read more…

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