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Live Video: FM Belfast at KEX Hostel

The last thing you want to see at Iceland Airwaves is FM Belfast. Literally. The Icelandic group usually blows out the festival with an outrageous dance riot on the final night, and no matter how large the room, it’s always packed shoulder to shoulder with bouncing bodies. And you thought they might pare it downRead more…

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Live Video: Ojba Rasta at KEX Hostel

Rocksteady riddims from Reykjavik! Icelandic irie! We could go on, but the novelty of Icelandic reggae wears off as soon as Ojba Rasta’s grooves begin. We featured young, 11-member Icelandic band recently as a Song of the Day podcast and then live on air during KEXP’s broadcast from Iceland Airwaves ’12. Their appeal, though, isRead more…

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Live Video: Ólafur Arnalds at KEX Hostel

On listening to the gentle touch and swelling beauty of songs like “Ljósið”, it’s hard to imagine that Ólafur Arnalds‘s roots are in hardcore and metal. The 26-year old Icelandic composer, producer, and performer has earned international acclaim with his “new classical” compositions, which tap directly into the indie music fans who seem less likelyRead more…

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Live Video: Retro Stefson at KEX Hostel

As if broadcasting 15 bands live on air during our broadcast from Iceland Airwaves wasn’t enough, we couldn’t help ourselves from recording as much local music as possible — there are just too many great bands on that small island nation! Throughout the week, we found ourselves invading bands’ practice spaces, studios, and even theirRead more…

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Live Video: Sóley at KEX Hostel

We first heard Sóley perform a year ago at Gym and Tonic, the back room at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves ’11. We were intrigued by her at then recently released debut LP, We Sink, but hadn’t had time yet to really dig into it. We figured, let’s record a few songs withRead more…

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