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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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Live Video: Sóley at Iceland Airwaves

Sóley is the cutest creeper out there. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is so disarmingly charming, and her voice so exquisite, that even her songs about killer clowns, murderers and weird, one-eyed ladies are quite soothing. She’s also an expert looper and a snappy dresser. In other words, there’s a lot for KEXP listeners to love aboutRead more…

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Live Video: Júníus Meyvant at Iceland Airwaves

Northern soul? How about arctic soul? That’s yet to be a thing, but if young Icelandic singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant has anything to do with it, you’ll be hearing a lot more similarly soul-stirring melodies from way up north. Júníus Meyvant — real name Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson — has yet to release his debut, but hisRead more…

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Live Video: HAM at Iceland Airwaves

We are HAM! If you aren’t yet, that’s okay. HAM is legend. It took years of inactivity to become the rock icons they are today. Following the Icelandic doom metal band’s prolific years, from 1988 to 1994, their legion of fans grew, until finally their members stepped aside from their other careers — some inRead more…

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Live Video: Mammút at Iceland Airwaves

To call Mammút‘s live act “emotive” is a huge understatement. Frontwoman Kata Mogensen seems to enter a completely different state onstage, even covering herself in fake blood or painting her face ominously, while the rest of the band unleashes a colossal sound. We’ve been fortunate to watch the young group rise to the front ofRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Oyama

We just can’t get enough of shoegazey band Oyama, who we featured this morning for our Song of the Day podcast. Later this month, the young Icelandic group is about to release their full-length debut, recorded with friend of KEXP Pétur Ben at Sigur Rós’ Sundlaugin studio. And also today, they shared their new songsRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Kiasmos

We began our broadcast at Iceland Airwaves from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik with familiar faces in a brand new group. Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen have both been featured several times live on KEXP, and not just from Iceland in years past – Ólafur also in Seattle and Austin during SXSW and Janus with BloodgroupRead more…

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Live Video: múm at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Each time we’ve gone back to Iceland over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to discover and share with KEXP listeners quite a few bands who might not otherwise leave their shores. For every Sugarcubes and Sigur Rós, we found dozens of others, like Hjaltalín, Ásgeir, Of Monsters and Men (back in 2010!), LayRead more…

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Live Video: Caveman at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Our broadcast during Iceland Airwaves isn’t always about the Iceland bands. While we do enjoy spotlighting groups that KEXP listeners might not otherwise hear, we also love to share with our Nordic friends some of our own favorites, like NYC’s Caveman, whose lush, dreamy indie pop sound translates to all cultures and climates. We’ve hostedRead more…

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Live Video: Mono Town at Iceland Airwaves 2013

At KEXP, we get excited about a lot of Icelandic bands, and we’re thrilled to watch so many of them reach the wider audiences they deserve, but few seem as immediately poised for arena rock stardom as Mono Town. The trio’s emotive and often explosive songs draw heavily from a shared love for Britpop bombast,Read more…

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