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…

Music News In Brief: Q4U, Auður, and Björk and Björk and Björk…

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Flashback: in 1982, the dark synth-punk outfit Q4U releases their first and only album, ‘Q1’. Shortly after they are featured…

Alvia Islandia’s Top Five Albums

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She was born in the summer but she loves the winter. This makes perfect sense. Alvia Islandia has a way…

Happening This Week: Fest Afrika Reykjavík

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Reykjavík is a small city. Attend one of the many music festivals, join in a summer art residency, or just…

Iceland Airwaves 2016 Schedule Announced

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Do you have your Moleskine planner/Google calendar/coffee-stained napkin/whatever is closest ready? Because it’s time to start planning. The official Iceland…

Just Announced: Björk To Play Airwaves 2016

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There’s a running joke that the only thing people know about Icelandic music abroad is Björk or Sígur Rós. Iceland…

Grapevine Playlist: September 2016

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GANGLY – Holy Grounds So this is a bouncy bass thing for you luxuriously soundsystemed car, but at the same…

Happening Tonight: Sin Fang and Tilbury at Húrra!

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Last we saw Sin Fang, he was spewing flowers on the cover of his highly acclaimed 2013 album ‘Flowers’. Since…

The Third Annual Icelandic Design Awards

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Let’s talk about fruit stickers. Why should every piece of fruit have to wear its own tiny, gummy, frustratingly delicate…

Music News In Brief: Sin Fang, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Exos, and more!

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Sweet thang Sin Fang released his fourth full-length album on September 16. The album, titled ‘Spaceland’, blasts listeners into the…

What It Takes: Hrönn Marinósdóttir, Founder and Director of RIFF

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Twelve years ago, Hrönn Marinósdóttir started RIFF as a school project. For her master’s thesis at Reykjavík University she decided…

From Within: A Look Inside The RIFF Office

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It’s not just the films that make RIFF an international film festival. Every year tens of interns and hundreds of…

Get It Twisted: Graphic Designers Loki and Elsa

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Loki Björnsson and Elsa Jónsdóttir were walking by Pósthússtræti 13 when they noticed the empty space on the ground floor….

New In Town: Kaffi Laugalækur

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It is easy to forget that Reykjavík extends beyond Austurvöllur on one end and Hlemmur on the other. Hörður Jóhannesson…

Drive-Through Towns: Nostalgia For The Non-Existent in Þorlákshöfn

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When I told the waitress that I was looking for something interesting to do in Þorlákshöfn, she expressed condolences. It’s…

Happening Tonight: “An Equal Difference” Release Party

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Writer and photographer Gabrielle Motola received a spark of inspiration from Iceland’s rhetoric to “feminize the banking system” after the 2008 crash. Her…

Happening Tonight: Russian Film Days

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Bíó Paradís presents Russian Film Days from September 15-18. A curated selection of Russian-flavored films, from award winning classics to modern…

Happening Tonight: The Bride of Frankenstein (Svartur September)

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In May 1816 a young woman sat near a log fire at Lord Byron’s Swiss estate and listened to German…

Happening Tonight: Happy Birthday John Coltrane

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On September 23, 1926 a young John Coltrane was welcomed into a small North Carolina town. Coltrane grew up to become…

Happening Tonight: Ólöf Arnalds at Mengi

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Ólöf Arnalds is a familiar face on the Icelandic music scene. She was a touring member of múm for five…

Happening Today: Pop-Up Clothing Market

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If you arrived in Reykjavík expecting to wrap yourself up in your Patagonia down jacket and call it a day,…

Happening Tonight: “Yarn” The Movie

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With a title like ‘Yarn: The Movie’, it is not difficult to discern what Compass Films’ latest documentary is going…

Music News In Brief: Björk, Pascal Pinon, Soffia Björg and more!

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Ever wondered what it looks like inside Björk’s mind? How about inside her mouth? Björk Digital, a virtual reality-infused exhibition,…

Uncommon Threads: What’s the connection between needlework and revolution?

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With a title like ‘Yarn: The Movie’, it is not difficult to discern what Compass Films’ latest documentary is going…

Happening Tonight: Shapednoise / Ultraorthodox / AMFJ

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Despite its ‘green’ reputation, Icelanders are said to have one of the highest energy-use rates per capita in the world….

There’s A Stormzy Coming: Airwaves Finalises Lineup

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It’s 4:30 in the afternoon and Prikið is packed. Really packed—the bar lights are swinging, there are MCs on the…

Lord Pusswhip’s Top Five Albums

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“Can I send you more than 500 words? There’s so much to say…” Lord Pusswhip asks me in a Facebook…

Happening Tonight: Brian Wilson Performs “Pet Sounds”

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In 1966 the Beach Boys released their iconic record Pet Sounds. Inspired by The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul,” this album was,…

Moving Matter: Cycles and stillness with Eva Ísleifsdóttir and Sindri Leifsson

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Eva Ísleifsdóttir enters Gerðarsafn a little soggy from the mist. She tears off her raincoat and meets me on the…

Happening Tonight: Intr0beatz’s Bumpy Sauna

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When we interviewed Ársæll Þór Ingvason—AKA introbeatz—earlier this year, he was quick to give props to Paloma as “the only…

Starting Tonight: Ljósanótt

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On August 31 the doors of Reykjanesbær burst open in a proud and colorful display of culture and tradition. Due…

This Very Website’s Most Read Articles of 2014!

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Recently, I was analysing the behaviour of Grapevine’s internet readership and I found myself in a strange position. For the first…

Sjón, Happy Nihilist

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“When ‘all the lights have gone out’ we will be left with our stories. At least we can keep doing…

News In Brief: December

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Last month Norway may have jumped the gun with its gift giving—or rather, by asking the Coast Guard to actually…

GO HOME YOU’RE DRUNK, PINK STREET BOY

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Axel Björnsson pushes into the Grapevine office at 2:00am and chomps the triangle tip off of a slice of pizza…

All Too Earthly Pleasures

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We’re just about to beam up. We’re seriously there. Einar stands crouched and shaking on stage with his pointer finger…

The Kids Are All Right

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It is hard to stand out with a good band name. Many bands these days have taken a counterintuitive approach:…

The Unmissables: Day 4

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You must be wondering why clocks even exist on this island. Between the sunset at 16:30 and a festival schedule…

The Unmissables: Day 3

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We’re halfway through the festival and the schedule for tonight is about twice as long as the previous two days….

LOOK: It’s Andri Snær Magnason!

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At 19:30 tonight Harpa’s Kaldalón opens up to host the second annual Airwords, a one night Airwaves affair for the…

The Unmissables: Day 2

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Your face is turning yellow and it’s not from all the Gull, it’s from staring at that goddamn (glorious) Thursday…

The Eye Of The Storm

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This is Matthew Eisman. Matthew is a professional music photographer with work published in the likes of SPIN, Rolling Stone,…

The Unmissables: Day 1

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So it’s 4 degrees and raining, but the weather outside is mild compared to the raging fucking whirlwind that is…