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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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Live Review: Eistnaflug 2014

Words and photos by Gemma Alexander Eistnaflug. Thank you, but I didn’t sneeze. Eistnaflug is Icelandic for “flying testicles,” and it’s the name of one of the world’s most unusual music festivals. Housed in the remote Eastfjords, the festival is four days under the midnight sun of punk, heavy metal, post-rock, industrial, and a fewRead more…

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Live Video: Sin Fang

“Sin Fang in a box”, Cheryl Waters called it. It’s how Sindri Már Sigfússon solved the problem of taking his Sin Fang project on the road, especially outside of his native Iceland, when he couldn’t manage to bring a full band with him. But more importantly, it’s also a creative interpretation of his songs asRead more…

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KEXP at KEXPort 2013

Last Saturday, our friends at KEX Hostel, hosts for KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast over the past two years, threw a party under our shared name… all the way in Reykjavik! KEXPort has become both a welcoming landing spot for KEXP as well as a conduit for Icelandic artists to reach the ears of KEXP listeners.Read more…

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