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    Justin Timberlake, A Review

    Eight million sweating preteens were packed into Kórinn Sports Hall in Kópavogur on Sunday, August 24, all for one purpose: Justin Timberlake. Also in attendance were those who were alive to have experienced him firsthand in his original incarnation as a tortured child artist on Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse Club,’ and then for his subsequent reinvention

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    Free Pink Street Boys Album! Free Editorial! Free Love!

    Here is a short editorial, inspired by the late, great Bill Gates and his vision, which continues to warm our hearts and our thighs through our pockets, via sturdy, glowing Gorilla Glass: Here’s to the volcanos. The eruptions. The shaking moneymakers. The ones who remind the world that, yes, we exist. While some may see them

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    40 More Acts Announced For Iceland Airwaves

    After the big reveal of The Knife’s Iceland Airwaves performance last week, the festival has released 40 new additions for the 2014 edition. The announcement includes a fine selection of local artists, including Grapevine’s band of the year Sin Fang, the Ólafur Arnalds/Janus Rasmussen techno partnership Kiasmos, emerging nu-electronica maestro M-Band, and bearded musical polymath

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    Win Tickets To Justin Timberlake’s Sold Out Reykjavík Show!

    In conjunction with Mastercard Priceless, we – Your Friends At The Reykjavík Grapevine – will be giving away a pair of tickets to five people (a total of ten tickets!) for Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated, long-ago sold-out Reykjavík engagement. How do I win? It’s simple! Just write us a little story of the first time

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    A Secret Show In A Secret Place

    “Hey, you guys want to come to my show this Thursday? I can put you on the list.” This was the secret password to score entry into a Sofar Sounds secret show, which I attended last night at a University of Iceland dorm with some fellow Grapevine interns. Sofar Sounds is a music discovery community

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    Low Roar Start Off On A High Note

    What: Low Roar / Mr. Silla When: August 15, 20:30 Where: Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargötu 12 Admission: 2,000 ISK It began with one of the best album openers I’ve heard this year. Clocking in at over nine minutes when performed live, “Breathe In” slowly builds and builds, harmonies swelling and reverb-soaked drums thumping, before it calmly retreats

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    Seven Icelandic Elf Songs

    “Álfareiðin” (“The Elf Ride”) “Álfareiðin” is one of Iceland’s most beloved elf-themed songs, and is sung by a bonfire every year at Þrettándinn (“the Twelfth Night”—celebrated by Icelanders every January 6). The song is actually not Icelandic at all: the lyrics are a translation, by fabled Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, of a Heinrich Heine poem,


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    Neutral Milk Hotel Made Me Who I Am

    You are born. Not until a couple years later do you start to become a person, in the most rudimentary sense. It’s still not for quite a few years that you start to become your own person. Or perhaps it starts off okay, but as soon as you begin examining the world beyond yourself and

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    Free Track: Prins Póló’s “París Norðursins”

    You won’t find Prins Póló’s unexpected summer hit “París norðursins” (“Paris Of The North”) on the act’s recent LP ‘Sorrí’ (‘Sorry’). Written and recorded specifically for the purpose, the song features in a highly anticipated film of the same name, which hits theatres in early September and should be pretty great if the Prince’s contribution

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    Where Elves Dare Not Tread

    The first weekend of August is known as Verslunarmannahelgi (“Merchant’s Weekend”), a national holiday that sees numerous festivals taking place around the island, with plenty of drunken debauchery on offer. Scores of folks make their way to festivals such as Vestmannaeyjar’s Þjóðhátíð and Akureyri’s Ein með öllu, to name but two, with a handful of

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    Album review

    M-Band – Haust

    Hörður Már Bjarnason’s solo album ‘Haust’ (or “Autumn”), under his band name M-Band, at times seems to emulate the styles of more seasoned electronic musicians a little too closely, but ends up offering plenty of fresh sounds as well. GusGus is an obvious similarity here, along with some of Björk’s more house-inspired tracks of the

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