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The Einar Jónsson Museum

The Einar Jónsson Museum

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Published September 3, 2008

Einar Jónsson was Iceland’s first sculptor, and the museum and sculpture garden built in his honour is a must-see for any visitor to Reykjavík. Check out the elaborate, Neu-Romantic sculptures on location right next to Hallgrímskirkja.

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Music For Dark Days

Music For Dark Days

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As Reykjavík society withdraws from the bleak northern winter into a post-Christmas domestic bubble, the city’s cultural calendar looks uncharacteristically bare. But fear not, because for four days in January, there’s an event housed in the warm and airy confines of Harpa, one that uses the darkness to shine the spotlight on the intriguing world of Iceland’s contemporary and experimental composers. Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar, in Icelandic) has been running since 1980, beginning as a biannual event.  “When the festival began,” says artistic director Kjartan Ólafsson, sitting in the Harpa cafe, “there was nothing much happening in Reykjavík from

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Sandra Kolstad Unveils Iceland-Inspired Video

Sandra Kolstad Unveils Iceland-Inspired Video

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Berlin-based Norwegian pop artist Sandra Kolstad has released a very fancy video for her new single My Yellow Heart, shot late last year right here in Iceland. It shows Sandra galloping and running across what looks like Heiðmörk and Solheimasandur, with avalanches, eruptions, rising sparks and all kinds of cinematic trickery thrown in for good measure. Says Sandra, of the shoot: “It was my first time in Iceland, and I was very excited about being there. It’s like another planet, which was so perfect for the feeling we wanted to create in the video. My Yellow Heart is my personal

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Björk Speaks On Vulnicura And Feminism

Björk Speaks On Vulnicura And Feminism

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Pitchfork have published the first new interview with Björk, in which she discusses the making of Vulnicura. She expresses nervy anticipation of releasing such a personal album into the world: I’m a little nervous. Definitely. Especially coming from an album like Biophilia, which was about the universe. This is more of a traditional singer/songwriter thing. When I started writing, I fought against it. I thought it was way too boring and predictable. But most of the time, it just happens; there’s nothing you can do. You have to let it be what it is. The interview moves on to discusses

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Björk’s Vulnicura To Come Out Worldwide Within 24 Hours

Björk’s Vulnicura To Come Out Worldwide Within 24 Hours

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Björk’s eighth studio album, Vulnicura, has appeared much sooner than expected. After the record leaked onto the internet, Björk has announced via Facebook that the album is to be released worldwide over the next 24 hours – indeed, it’s already available on iTunes in some places. The theme and art concept for the album have also been revealed – the album is about heartbreak, with Björk cast this time as a lank-haired, black-clad figure with a cloven chest, pierced all over her torso with what looks like hundreds of acupuncture needles. Snap-releasing is becoming a recognised tactic for major albums,

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Rauðasandur Hiatus 2015

Rauðasandur Hiatus 2015

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Much to the disappointment of countless music fans, the Rauðasandur Festival will not be held again this year. Rauðasandur has been an annual fixture for the past four years, but two of those four had to be moved to a nearby indoor-site due to adverse weather. The festival is based at a remote farm in the West Fjords on a red beach that is both beautiful and secluded, but, unfortunately, uncooperative when it comes to wind and rain. The festival organisers promise this is only a break, and even suggest they may hold an event or two closer to Reykjavík

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Premiere: New Muck Single And Music Video

Premiere: New Muck Single And Music Video

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The hardcore outfit Muck recently made headlines by signing onto the revered heavy metal record label Prosthetic Records, through which they are releasing their first single and new music video, “My City.” The band has a few things to say about the video: “My City is the first single to appear from our new album. When working on it we gave it the working title of Groove because the main vibe had this weird krautrock/industrial thing going on. My city is about feeling like you’re getting eaten up by routine and trying to work out how to change it. It’s about

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