Tag Archives: Iceland

Live Review: Secret Solstice 2016 in Reykjavik 6/16-6/19

text and photos by Autumn Andel Secret Solstice music festival is timed to celebrate the midnight sun, where darkness shy away from Iceland for 96 hours. But its timing also coincides with Iceland’s Independence Day (June 17), and the Euro 2016 football games, in which the native team steadily rose in the ranks. Along withRead more…

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Song of the Day: Samaris – Wanted 2 Say

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 “Wanted 2 Say” by Samaris fromRead more…

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Live Video: Mammút

In the microcosm of Iceland’s music scene, where bands tend to germinate, blossom and wither as if viewed on time-lapse, the young twenty-somethings of Mammút might be seen as practically prehistoric. The five members literally grew up together during their decade as one of Iceland’s most critically acclaimed bands and, with the release of River’sRead more…

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KEXPort Live Video Stream

On Saturday, July 18, our friends at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik are throwing the 4th annual KEXPort, a one-day festival of great Icelandic music in collaboration with KEXP. From noon until midnight, 12 bands will perform in 12 hours, proving once again that Iceland is one of the most creative and musically diverse countries inRead more…

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Review Revue: Þeyr – As Above . . .

If you’re anything like me (and who isn’t?), the first Icelandic band you ever heard of was The Sugarcubes. If you were a college radio DJ in the early ’80s, though, you might have gotten wind of Þeyr (pronounced “Theyr,” more or less) before the rest of the U.S. got wind to the crazy stuffRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 3: clipping., Swans, Lightning Bolt, and more

Saturday wrapped up another year of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland, hosted in Keflavík at Atlantic Studios. Younghusband played their second and original time slot on the main stage. Ought from Canada (who are on the same label as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who played the day before), and HAM, who have become de facto residents atRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 2: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mudhoney, Iceage, and more

Day two of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland was off to a flying start with sets by locals Oyama, NYC’s White Hills, and Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond. Festival attendees crawled out of bed, rubbed sleepy eyes, and stumbled towards Keflavík’s Atlantic Studios in the morning dew. The sky still drizzled, but the rain was slowly clearing, andRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 1: Iggy Pop, Belle and Sebastian, Public Enemy, and more

Now in its third year in Iceland, All Tomorrow’s Parties returned Thursday to the former NATO U.S. Air Base Ásbrú in Keflavík. Music lovers from around the world came for the weekend’s killer lineup, including Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Belle & Sebastian, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and local favorites like Kippi Kaninus and Grísalappalísa. Tons of well dressedRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Metalhead at Nordic Lights Film Festival, SIFF Film Center 1/17

We’ve all heard of music’s power to heal, but, as everyone who was or knew a rebellious teen in their life understands, it can also isolate, alienate or offend. In Ragnar Bragason’s Metalhead (Málmhaus), music can be both a creative and destructive force for young Hera Karlsdottir, who witnessed her brother’s death in a farmingRead more…

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Live Video: Sólstafir

When Sólstafir plays for KEXP, the gods take notice. Two years ago, during KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves, hurricane-level gales swept across Reykjavik as the hard rocking band brewed up their own storm inside Kex Hostel. Last month, on their first tour of the West Coast, heavy winds followed them to the KEXP studio toRead more…

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