Let There Be Dark: Dark Music Days Happening This Week!

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Going to the symphony, attending a classical concert. There is an aura of sophistication and tradition that floats around the…

The Shape Of Things: Icelandic Design In 2016

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Even in Iceland, design is not an island. There is an inherent function associated with “design” that allows it to…

It’s The Winners Of The Fifth Annual Grapevine Music Awards!

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What do they have that you don’t? It’s the fifth annual Grapevine Music Awards. Which means that it’s the fifth…

Album of the Year: ‘Black Lights’ by Samaris

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We’re riding on Segways. It’s the first time I’ve met Jófríður, Áslaug and Doddi of Samaris and we’re weaving through…

Sónar Reykjavík: RBMA Bring On The SónarComplex Stage

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When it comes to scouting and presenting emerging beatsmiths, Red Bull Music Academy has gained our trust. Since 1998 RBMA…

Music News In Brief: Cryptochrome, Sigur Rós, The Kraumur Awards and more!

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Mysterious melty-faced trio GANGLY are pros at testing our patience, releasing one…killer…steady…track…at…a…time. This past week they put out their third…

Congratulations 2016 Kraumur Music Award Winners!

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We’re halfway through the end of the beginning. Or the beginning of the end. Or anyways, we’re halfway through. It’s…

Otherworldly, More Human: Cryptochrome Complete Their Year-Long Video Project

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Earlier this year Cryptochrome released their second album, ‘More Human,’ an elaboration and enhancement of their original cyber-blasted, hip-hop and…

Rendered Useful: A New Line Of Reindeer Products By Alvara

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Each permitted hunter is allowed one reindeer. There are around 1,200 permits issued through a lottery system during reindeer hunting…

Sigur Rós: North American Tour 2017

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Come to Iceland! Come to Iceland! No, no wait. Stay there. We’ll bring Iceland to you. The Icelandic post-rock dreamscapers…

Music News In Brief: Airwaves 2.0, Meira From GKR, Emilíana Torrini and more!

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When Iceland Airwaves was started in 1999 the festival organisers were looking for a platform to bring in the tourists…

Books In The Back: Iceland’s New Art Book Space

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“It’s such a big and small world!” Steinunn Önnudóttir says of the art book community. She’s standing in the newly…

The View From The Ground: What Equality Looks Like To Gabrielle Motola

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Gabrielle Motola makes eye contact. When she speaks, she speaks directly to you. And when she listens, she invests herself…

Vala Þóroddsdóttir’s Five Writers To Watch

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Two years ago we printed a close crop of Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir’s face on our cover. Imposed over Vala’s decisive look…

As You Go: Emilíana Torrini And The Improv Of Life

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Two and a half years ago Emilíana Torrini quit the band. There was no drama, no hard feelings. “I just…

The Once Sky: Two Days In Rif And Hellissandur

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The colour, I am certain, has never existed before, and will never exist again. It has something to do with…

Hands On Deck: Downtown’s Newest Bar Veður

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Bragi and his business partner Arnar watched a YouTube tutorial before laying the floor of their new bar, Veður. The…

The Collector’s Habit: Author Oddný Eir Takes It All In

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Oddný Eir is a collector. That’s why autumn, she says, is her favourite season. “Autumn is the collecting moment. You…

DJ Of The Issue: Yamaho

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“Thank you for your story,” said the American afro-house producer Osunlade to DJ Yamaho after her set. “When he thanked…

Naked Shadows: Haraldur Jónsson at BERG Contemporary

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While many Icelandic artists are quick to cite nature as their inspiration, Haraldur is fascinated by the built environment. “Building…

Down Pat: Dancer And Choreographer Katrín Gunnarsdóttir On Her Latest Piece

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Katrín Gunnarsdóttir’s bare feet pat the plexiglass mirror on stage. It’s the only sound in the theater. The patter quickens…

Measure Twice Cut Once: Ambátt On Their Newest Album ‘Flugufen’

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Some things take foresight. Like building a new porch for your house. You can have all the tools, materials, and…

Happening This Week: ‘Gimme Danger’ Jim Jarmusch X The Stooges

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After all of the recent elections (all of them), a lot of people are left feeling like we’re living in…

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: A Guide To Reykjavík’s Tea Houses

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Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what…

Embrace the Nonsense: ‘Da Da Dans’ By The Icelandic Dance Company

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People describe Reykjavík as a “tightly knit” city, evoking the image of interweaving threads crossing paths, individuals joining to create…

Happening This Weekend: Sequences Festival

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Sequences Festival turns ten! Since 2006 Sequences Art Festival has provided ten-days of visual arts with a special focus on…

Track by Track: ‘Fantômas’ by amiina

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‘Fantômas’ is a haunting, suspenseful, crime-ridden album full of crooks, clumsy policemen, and bustling Parisian street life. If this sounds…

The New Soundscape: Andrew T. Huang’s Virtual Realities

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In 1935, the American author Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote what many believe to be the first fictional model for what…

DJ Of The Issue: DJ Thaison

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“Gakktu hægt um gleðina dyr,’ it’s something like, ‘Calm down, take it slow,’” Árni says above the clamour of pinball…

Keep it Underground: The Icelandic Punk Museum Opens

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Below Bankastræti, at the intersection where cars idle waiting to turn onto Lækjargata, is a public restroom known as “the…

Music News in Brief: Or, All Those Videos You Missed Because, Airwaves

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Music videos have come a long way since MTV’s first broadcast in 1980, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The medium…

New In Town: Burro / Pablo Discobar

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At the bottom of Austurstræti where the street spills its cold, wet and grey dregs, we have a beacon of…

What’s The Good Word: A “Nonference” on Icelandic Rap

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HVAÐ ERTU AÐ TALA UM? Everybody wants to know, GKR. The whole fucking world. Okay maybe not the whole world…yet….

Björk Digital Opens Today!

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Everything is big during airwaves. The music. The crowds. The drinking. Nights become mornings become nights, is the world spinning…

Track Premier: Sin Fang “Candyland” (Mikael Lind Remix)

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Six months ago, from the ever-deepening swamp of SoundCloud, a single lily surfaced. It was called “Candyland,” the first single…

Hot Off The Press: Sin Fang, Tófa and Rímnaríki

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One of the original mission statements of Iceland Airwaves was to get international eyes and ears tuned to the musical…

Hot Off The Press: Alexander Jarl

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One of the original mission statements of Iceland Airwaves was to get international eyes and ears tuned to the musical…

Kexland X Airwaves X Your Hangover

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Kex has got your back. Whether it’s an afternoon pick-me-up at the gastro pub, an into-the-evening off venue show, or…

Happening Tonight: Cycle Music and Art Festival Begins!

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The fluorescent aisles of Bónus aren’t often sought as a sanctuary for creative output that say, a mountaintop at midnight,…

Airwaves Debutantes Part 5: What’s New and Who’s Who

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Here it is! The final instalment of our guide to the 50 Icelandic bands making their Airwaves debut at the…

All That Shines And Shivers: Björk On VR & The Female Star

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In Björk’s ideal fantasy life she spends all of her time writing music, cued by the cycles of the moon….

Airwaves Debutantes Part 4: What’s New and Who’s Who

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This year over 50 bands are making their Iceland Airwaves debut. Some have been on the scene for decades, others…

Happening This Week: Video Release by Godchilla

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Like the suburbs, like the smiling baby doll, like Christmas. There is something inherently creepy in that which is all too…

Airwaves Debutantes Part 3: What’s New and Who’s Who

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This year over 50 bands are making their Iceland Airwaves debut. Some have been on the scene for decades, others…

Airwaves Debutantes Part 2: What’s New and Who’s Who

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This year over 50 bands are making their Iceland Airwaves debut. Some have been on the scene for decades, others…

Happening This Weekend: JEFF the Brotherhood at Húrra!

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Nashville, Tennesee is a city synonymous with musical legendaries. J.J. Cale, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs. Kelly Clarkson. Miley…

DJ Of The Issue: Gunni Ewok

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Forging your own way doesn’t always take you down the most comfortable path, but it’s always a scenic one. And…

Höfði Reykjavík Peace Center Opens

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As a society, we are driven toward balance. Take the axioms “first as tragedy, then as farce” or “illness is…

Airwaves Debutantes Part 1: What’s New And Who’s Who

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It’s tough to set your schedule up for Iceland Airwaves. Over the festival’s five days, there are 150 bands in…

Higher Frequencies: In The Studio With Plútó

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We move quickly. Rúnar is behind schedule picking up Haukur and Siggi. There’s no time to get beers. We swoop…