Track By Track: Futuregrapher’s ‘Hrafnagil’

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Famous for rapid-fire drum ‘n’ bass tunes, electronic artist Futuregrapher—real name Árni Grétar—has made a name for himself as a…

A Different Conversation On Sexual Violence

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Dr. Nina Burrows is a British psychologist who specialises in the psychology of sexual abuse, training police officers, prosecutors, barristers,…

Kælan Mikla: The Beauty In Sadness

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Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir laughs uncontrollably and apologises for punching the wrong code into the drum machine and mucking up the…

UNICEF Benefit Concert In Photos

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Iceland’s division of UNICEF launched a campaign called #segjumSTOPP (“Let’s Say Stop”) last week that aims to put pressure on…

PHOTOS: Misþyrming X Muck At Húrra

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On a semi-regular basis, we at the Grapevine host a concert series with Húrra in which we highlight some of…

Reykjavík Swing Syndicate At KEXJazz In Photos

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The weekly KEXJazz show—held every Tuesday at 20:30—has been going strong since 2011, routinely filling KEX Hostel’s large bar area…

Antimony Is Looser And More Confident – Warming Up For Sigur Rós

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The gloomy synthpop band Antimony first sprang onto the scene a little over a year ago, and has spent the…

Happening Tonight: Misþyrming X Muck

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Belched straight from hell’s gut, Misþyrming leads a new wave of Icelandic black metal that is dark but not inaccessible,…

In Pictures: UNICEF Call For Peace

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On the fifth anniversary of the devastating Syrian civil war, Iceland’s division of UNICEF held a solemn ceremony to protest…

UNICEF Urges Peace After Five Years Of Devastating Syrian War

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Today marks the five year anniversary of the start of the civil war in Syria, and international NGOs are banding…

Happening Tonight: Kælan Mikla And Friends At Gaukurinn

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In just three years, Kælan Mikla have established themselves as the coolest nihilist punks of Iceland. Dishing out spoken-word poems…

ArtMass: Art As Religion And Religion As Art

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Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir has been performing her ArtMass in various spaces and on multiple occasions since 2009. The latest…

Opening Today: ‘ArtMass’ By Katrín Lilja Ingu Jónsdóttir

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Katrín Lilja Ingudóttir Jónsdóttir guides us through her ArtMass where guests are offered the chance to worship art in its…

Exclusive Premiere: Party Rockers Churchhouse Creepers Release New Party Rock Video

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The stoner rockers from up north have just released a new video for their album’s title track, “From Party To…

Slut-Shaming And State-Sponsored Persecution In “Situation” Era Iceland

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Starting in 1940, Iceland’s occupation by Allied forces during WWII was for the most part a peaceful one, at least…

Download This! Antimony’s “Derelicte”

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This issue’s track is by gloomy newcomers to the scene, Antimony. The minimalist bass and retro synth may have the…

Músiktilraunir: Where Young Musicians Learn To Fly

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“Nobody is born an artist. You need to practice, and have a venue to do so.” So says Ása Hauksdóttir…

Útidúr Release New Space Cowboy Music Video!

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Chamber-pop band Útidúr has just released a new music video that they say is inspired by Spaghetti Westerns and low-budget…

Fuck Everything! Opeth Coming To Eistnaflug!

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Amid big announcements like Radiohead playing at Secret Solstice and PJ Harvey coming to Airwaves, the gals and guys behind…

“The Soundscape Of Now”: Tonik Ensemble On Holly Herndon

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As I struggled to comprehend the reference-laden visual language and chaotic sonic landscape of Holly Herndon’s Sónar show last night,…

Progressive Iceland In Photos

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Frequent Grapevine contributor and generally cool person Gabrielle Motola has been working since 2013 on a passion project of hers:…

Hildur On Striking Out On Her Own And Not Having To Compromise

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Hildur is no stranger to making music. She’s been a part of Rökkurró for some ten years, performed with Cell7,…

Vaginaboys Video Features Teddy Bears, Dildos, & Gas Masks!

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Two weeks after releasing their début English-speaking song, “Feeling,” the anonymous and masked electro-pop-R&B group has released a video for…

Sónar Reykjavík Emphasises The Presence Of Female Artists

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With the third Sónar Reykjavík festival just around the corner, the local organisers recently revealed that they’re continually working to…

Pink Street Boys Release New Video, Play Show With Muck Tonight

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Obnoxious rockers Pink Street Boys have just released a new video that shows what they’re all about: classy joints, bar…

Ash Wednesday In Pictures

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If you have been outside at all today, you have no doubt noticed all the goblins, mini-Trumps, witches, and superheroes,…

VIDEO: The Vintage Caravan Give Birth To A Monster, Flee From Zombies

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The Vintage Caravan’s new music video “Babylon” may start with a stale interview, but it then shifts gears and turns…

Gunnar Nelson: Down, Far From Out

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The excitement was almost palpable on the evening of December 12, 2015, as Icelanders gathered in pubs, clubs and at…

World Premiere: New Vaginaboys Song! In English!

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Vaginaboys, the winners of the Grapevine’s Best Song Of 2015 award, have just released a new song, and it’s in…

Happening Tonight: Veganuary Potluck – Pig Out On Vegan Food!

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The vegan and vegetarian society in Iceland has been hard at work promoting Veganuary, an international event that challenges people…

Rocking The Fuck Out To Celestine On A Thursday Night

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It’s been three years since seminal Reykjavík metalcore band Celestine hung up their gloves after playing a final show in the…

Sigrún Skaftadóttir’s Sónar Picks

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Sigrún is best known for spinning discs and bringing fresh house and techno to the masses, both by herself and…

VIDEO: Hafþór Júlíus Breaks Guinness World Record

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Back in 2014, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, aka. The Mountain, broke a Guiness World Record for carrying two fridges twenty metres…

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Nominated For Oscar Award. Again. Wow.

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for an Oscar for his frankly stellar original score for Sicaro, reports RÚV. This…

Premiere: Wacken Metal Battle Winners ITCOM’s Morbid Music Vid

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Everyone’s favourite Icelandic noisecore peddlers, In The Company Of Men, are hard at work on their debut LP. To stoke…

“I Love Him” – Icelandic Artists Pay Tribute To Lemmy

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Snæbjörn Ragnarsson Viking-metalhead (Skálmöld) R.I.P LEMMY Motörhead was never my favourite band. It was just one of those bands we…

Sunna Ben’s Fuck Yeah! Feminist Moments Of 2015

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What really stood out about last year was the solidarity on display, along with more people joining in the gender…

Happy Veganuary: Meeting For The Veg-Curious Today

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The vegan and vegetarian society in Iceland has issued its annual Veganuary challenge, or vegan January, where the public is…

Misþyrming’s DG On 2015, Their Upcoming Album, Icelandic Black Metal – And Hip-Hop

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The past few months have been very eventful for young DG. In addition to finishing his final term of school,…

Andkristnihátíð Review: Giving Jesus The Finger Under A Pale Red Light

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Andkristnihátíð, the Anti-Christian Festival, has been celebrated annually since the dawn of the century. Originally as an act of heathen protest…

Reykjavík Street Now Called “Darth Vader”

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Earlier today, Reykjavík Mayor-slash-Star Wars fan Dagur B. Eggertsson officially named a street “Darth Vader,” in honour of the beloved…

Secret Solstice 2016: Deftones, Goldie, Skream, Úlfur Úlfur And More

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An early Christmas present was delivered this morning for Icelandic metal fans—lauded alt-metal band Deftones is one of 37 acts…

Gunnar Nelson Loses To Demian Maia After Three Gruelling Rounds

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After three gruelling rounds, Gunnar Nelson was handed his second career defeat tonight. His match with veteran UFC fighter Demian…

Doctor Says Deportation Of Infirm Albanian Child Is A Death Sentence

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An Icelandic doctor has criticised the Directorate of Immigration for deporting an Albanian family with a sick toddler, claiming that…

Gunnar Nelson Fights Veteran Demian Maia At UFC Tomorrow

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Icelandic UFC Fighter Gunnar Nelson is set to compete against decorated veteran Demian Maia tomorrow at UFC 194 in Las…

BELIEBERS ASSEMBLE! Justin Bieber To Perform In Iceland In 2016

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Not content with just dominating Icelandic news headlines this autumn, Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber has announced he will perform…

Hospital Director: Healthcare Should Create Value, Not Profit

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Following a year of trouble, marked by extended strike actions, recent reports from Landspítalinn Háskólasjúkrahús (the National University Hospital) are…

Iceland’s Universal Healthcare (Still) On Thin Ice

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One year ago, Iceland’s lauded universal healthcare system seemed to be teetering off the edge. Doctors’ wages had stagnated after the economic…

Download This! “Jólalag” By Vaginaboys

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This song is to Icelandic Christmas songs what Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In The Middle With You” is to Bob Dylan’s…

Trans Iceland: “Your Girlfriend Was Never A Boy”

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Trans Iceland recently released a video in which they answer some of the frequently asked questions trans people get asked….