Straumur: Joyful Dark Love

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Another month, another collaboration from Sin Fang, múm’s Örvar Smárason, and their Morr labelmate Sóley. After January’s “Random Haiku Generator,”…

Random Sónar Generator: Final Acts Announced For Sónar Reykjavík 2017

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Once the darkest and dullest month on the Icelandic calendar for music and culture, February was forever transformed in 2013…

Straumur: Icelandic Hip-Hop, A Cinematic Journey and Sónar Reykjavík

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GKR, the rapper named “artist to watch” at last year’s Grapevine Music Awards, made good on his early promise last…

Straumur: Tipzy Kings

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Mugison, at first an indie darling, then the whole nation’s, just released his first album in five years. On ‘Enjoy!’…

STRAUMUR: Four Songs That Washed Upon Our Shore

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With the indie band Nóra on hiatus for the foreseeable future, singer/guitarist Egill Viðarsson has started a new band with…

The Straumur Guide to Sónaruary

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Once the darkest and dullest month on the Icelandic calendar for music and culture (and other things that make life…

Straumur’s Definitive List Of 2015’s Best Albums And Songs

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Us Straumur guys would like to wish all of our readers a happy new musical year! With that out of…

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…

The Recent Iceland Airwaves Festival: The Definitive Straumur Statement

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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…

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,…

The Kings Of Mediocre, Workmanlike Arena Rock

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I used to love them. Kings of Leon and I go way back. I first saw the band play in…

Psychedelic Ghost Pop, Straumur & Airwaves

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We just got our hands on the debut LP from A&E Sounds. It’s an impeccably produced collection of dreamy psychedelic…

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…

Straumur: Cold Solstice

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On the day this paper hits the streets, we’ll be heading over to the Secret Solstice Festival in Laugardalur to…

Straumur: Deadbeat Summer Jams

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It’s official and Straumur-approved: summertime has finally arrived! Here are some domestic jams to go with this particular time of…

Straumur Dispatch: Vagina (dot) Love

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One of our favourite Icelandic musicians, Sin Fang, is playing a show at Húrra on May 26. That alone is…

Straumur Dispatch: Girls, EPs & Wu Tang Killa Bees

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The Icelandic electronic-loving label Raftónar put out a tremendous EP called ‘We Came As We Left’ by local producer Buspin…

Straumur On Festivals: Believe The Hype

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First things first: Sónar Reykjavík at Harpa was a gigantic audiovisual explosion in dolby digital and HD vivid colors. For…

It’s SNR RVK Time!

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One of the darkest and dullest months of every year is unquestionably February. But, rejoice! We now have something to…

Straumur’s Best Of 2014!

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We at Straumur wish all you readers a happy new year, and hope 2015 will be a blast for all…

Five Icelandic Christmas Songs That Don’t Suck

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Like we noted in last year’s Straumur Xmas Special, the holidays can be hard on the ears for folks who…

Welcome To The New Year

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By the time this issue hits the streets, we will be halfway through the fourteenth edition of the Iceland Arwaves…

The Best-Waves

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We are extra excited for this year’s festival because for the first time we, Straumur, are having our very own…

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 Knife, Neutral Timberlake And The French Connection

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Just as it appeared that Iceland Airwaves’ giant lineup couldn’t get any more packed with big name international acts (see:…

Seven Icelandic Elf Songs

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“Álfareiðin” (“The Elf Ride”) “Álfareiðin” is one of Iceland’s most beloved elf-themed songs, and is sung by a bonfire every…

Parties Of The North

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Following a tremendously successful All Tomorrow’s Parties festival (ATP), the organisers have announced the headliner for next year’s fest, indie…

Straumur: Best Of Music

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Best album: GusGus’s ‘Mexico’ The greats of Icelandic dance music, GusGus, have yet to slip up in their almost two…

The Festival Season Has Commenced

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By the time this paper comes out we will be up and away at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark enjoying…

Never Ending Never

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We still can’t shake the smile off our faces after seeing a fantastic Pixies concert at Laugardalshöll on June 11. They…

Planet Of Sound

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The great summer of concerts begins with a bang on June 11 with the legendary American indie band Pixies playing…

Is Charm Something You Can Hoard?

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We’ve had Prins Póló’s second LP, `Sorrí,’ on repeat since it came out on May 15. The prince is a…

“If You Milk It Long Enough”

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The all new “ELVIS PRESLEY – ON STAGE” music experience kicked off its tour here in Reykjavík on the last…

Brighter Days Ahead

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First things first, we’d like to thank Phédre, Ken Park, Nolo and everybody who showed up for our summer celebration…

Spring Bangers

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Since our winters are very long and dark (with seasonal affective disorder being a national epidemic), the coming of spring…

Contagious Joy, Merrymaking, Serial Killers And Trash

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We have been busy listening to some new music these days. FM Belfast released their long-awaited third LP, including 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…

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…

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’…

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,…