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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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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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KEXP Suggests: KEXPort at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik

KEX Hostel, our friendly hosts for KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast each year, are throwing a party tomorrow honoring our ongoing collaboration. The aptly named KEXPort features a marathon set of 12 bands in 12 hours, barely scratching the surface of the available talent in Reykjavik, and includes current KEXP favorites like Hjaltalín, Moses Hightower, andRead more…

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Live Video: Mr. Silla at KEX Hostel

Another Icelandic band whose debut we are eagerly looking forward to is Mr. Silla, a “supergroup” of sorts, led by Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (a.k.a. Silla) of of múm, and members of Sin Fang, amiina, Seabear, Tilbury and other great bands. We caught them in their studio a year ago, when they had just a few songs,Read more…

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Live Video: Sólstafir at KEX Hostel

It might surprise listeners that Iceland isn’t chock full of death metal bands like some other Nordic nations. The small music-loving community needs only so much Cookie Monster-esque guttural growling, after all, and so the heavier sounding bands tend to explore other regions. Icelandic group Sólstafir, for instance, seem to travel vast aural distances, acrossRead more…

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