Drugs, Masculinity And Depression

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Kef LAVÍK is the best-kept secret in the Icelandic music scene. They are two guys in their early twenties hailing…

Let The Children Boogie

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The year 2012 was a big hit for disco dancers worldwide: they lost their queen, Donna Summer, and their prince,…

Psych Fuck

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Although not quite of it, Singapore Sling are a constant in the Icelandic music scene. As trends cycle from hip-hop…

Straumur’s Guide To An Alternative Christmas

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With that hectic Iceland Airwaves week still simmering in our hearts, we feel obligated to bring you a list of…

Straumur: Sci-Fi Hits And Electronic Deserts

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One of our favourite Icelandic bands, Just Another Snake Cult, just released the best Icelandic music video of 2015 so…

Running Up Those Slippery Steps: Bjarni Bernharður’s Journey Through The Darkness

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Poet and painter Bjarni Bernharður Bjarnason is a unique presence in the Icelandic art world. He has endured a life…

Straumur: Hassle, Techno & Balkan Metal!

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There’s a brand, brand new musical project out there, and it sounds mighty good. Wesen (“Hassle”) consists of Loji Höskuldsson,…

Straumur: Snapshots Of Excellence

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Straumur’s favourite electronic album of 2015 (so far), ‘Snapshots’ by Tonik Ensemble, was celebrated with a long-overdue release concert on…

Straumur: Festival Fun & Electro Pop

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While Straumur of course live in the great city of Reykjavík, we sometimes make it out into the country. Recently,…

STRAUMUR: The Best Of 2015, So Far!

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For our contribution to the Grapevine’s annual Best of Reykjavík issue, we reflect on the best of the Icelandic music…

We Want The Airwaves

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We are thrilled to announce that Straumur will host its own Iceland Airwaves off-venue programme at Bíó Paradís, November 5-9….

Autumnal Blues

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The pouring rain in the past couple of weeks has made it painfully obvious: autumn is upon us. It’s the…

The Music Festival Season Is Upon Us

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The first couple of months of the year are usually pretty uneventful music-wise, but the upcoming Sónar festival later this…

Not Too Shabby

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A lot of great albums were released this year and the best one, in our humble opinion, came early in…

Surfing The Airwaves

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We have to start by mentioning what a blast we had at the Iceland Airwaves festival. Some highlights from the…

Young Boys And The Movies

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Sin Fang’s ‘Flowers’ is one of our favourite albums of the year and now one of its standout tracks, “Young…

On And Off The Venue

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First of all, we hope you read our last column and followed our advice about getting your Iceland Airwaves ticket…

Autumn Horror

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To begin with, the band Two Step Horror—duo Þórður Grímsson and Anna Margrét Björnsson—have just released two new songs on…

Marching On A Road To Nowhere

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Anyone who’s seen the Talking Heads’ phenomenal concert film ‘Stop Making Sense’ knows that David Byrne does not fuck around…

It’s A Celebration!

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Every once in a while we like to indulge in a bit of shameless self-promotion and we are doing so…

GusGus Bid Farewell To Faktorý

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The Sunday night in question was special and historical for few different reasons. It was GusGus’ first concert at Faktorý…

Bárujárn: Bárujárn

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Bárujárn got a lot of hype a few years back when they hit the scene with their inventive breed of…

Hörður&Emiliana&David&Vincent

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Hörður Már Bjarnason, who goes by the stage name M-Band, just released a second single from his forthcoming LP ‘Haust’…

The Disco Mothership Lands At Harpa

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Moses Hightower started warming up the crowd with some of their polite funk and low-key whispered soul. It went down…

ALI

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Grísalappalísa’s debut LP is a romper stomper of an album, a high-pitched scream of youthful existential male angst meditated through…

Strange Beasts Bárujárn And Árni-related News

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The group Bárujárn is a strange beast indeed, a dark surf rock group with a twist; their tunes feature the…

THE BEST OF REYKJAVÍK MUSIC… SO FAR

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The year is, like, only half over at this point. Still, in the spirit of our BEST OF REYKJAVÍK issue,…

The Roster of Icelandic Bands

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Amiina The former string team for Sigur Rós, Amiina have evolved tremendously over the past few years. With the kalimba,…

Parties of Tomorrow And Yesterday

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Keflavík is the birthplace of the Icelandic rock-scene with bands like Hljómar sprouting up there in the late ‘60s. Unfortunately,…

It Wouldn’t Be A Grapevine Party Without…Some Music Of Course!

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It’s been ten years since the first copy of Grapevine saw the Icelandic midnight sun and that certainly calls for…

A Boom-tastic Concert Year

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The Boom Years are finally back… when it comes to the import of popular foreign music! Local music lovers still…

Echoes Of The White Ark

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Reggae/dub big band Ojba Rasta released their debut album last Tuesday and it’s quite phenomenal. Sporting eight songs, hair-metal guitar…

Electric Sauna Soul

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Jimi Tenor is the sort of guy I’ve heard about for a long time and been like “yeah, that guy…

The Royal Swimming Hall

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The most popular public institutions in Iceland are probably the swimming pools. We have a lot of them in the…

The Bars Of Weekends Past

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Running a bar in Reykjavík has never been the most stable of businesses. Indeed, for the past twenty years, 101…

Requiem For A Scene

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As Nasa is closing its doors on June 1, it was with great grief that I walked through the lobby…

Good Vibrations

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Chick Corea was only remotely familiar to me the moment I stepped into the dim red glow of Harpa’s Eldborg…