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    Straumur: Best Of Music

    Best album: GusGus’s ‘Mexico’ The greats of Icelandic dance music, GusGus, have yet to slip up in their almost two decade long career and they certainly don’t do so on their latest album, ‘Mexico.’ They continue to explore the sonic terrain of their last album, ‘Arabian Horse,’ a sound that is not in any way

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    The Northern Edge Of The Scene

    If you were to read about Icelandic music in the press, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that all we listen to up here all day is a continuous loop of FM Belfast, Ásgeir, and Sigúr Rós, while employing secret cloning technology to keep our cultural industries stuffed full of post-rock non-entities and ethereal pop

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    Krazy Katz

    Only in Iceland can you purposefully come an hour late and still be an hour early. Just a handful of people were there when I arrived and the backroom stage area was still closed. First DJ was playing some really interesting tracks. It was a nice change of pace to hear some weird hip hop

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    Weather Or Not

    Red sands, yoga, seal-watching, camp games and nightly concerts in a barn—the only thing the organisers of Rauðasandur Festival couldn’t promise was good weather. The festival, held during the first weekend of July at a remote farm in the West Fjords, is ambitious in its design: 500 eager festival-goers and musicians abandon modern comforts for

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    Track Of Issue: Grísalappalísa’s “Nýlendugata-Pálsbæjarvör-Grótta”

    This frantic and irreverent song is the band’s very first single off of their new album, ‘Rökrétt Framhald’ (“Logical Progression”). The lyrics focus on a person sneaking out of their home and going on a wild ride through Reykjavík, and in typical Grísalappalísa style, also highlight the banality of life in the city. The chorus

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    ATP Iceland Crowd Shots by Alísa Kalyanova

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    ATP Iceland Portrait Series By Matthew Eisman

    I wanted to try something different and challenging at ATP Iceland 2014 so I decided to shoot a series of backstage band portraits. I set up a portrait studio on-location at Atlantic Studios and shot as many bands as possible. For some artists I had less than a minute to work with. For others, time

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    If You Think This Is About You… You’re Right

    ‘If You Think This Is About You… You’re Right,’ the debut album from local band Different Turns, tries to infuse a bit of electronic wibbling into classic alt-rock guitar moves. And listening to it, it’s plain to see that they’re more than capable of making some really good tunes. Tracks like “Erotomania” glide along with a



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