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Track Of The Issue – Ojba Rasta: ‘Baldursbrá’

Track Of The Issue – Ojba Rasta: ‘Baldursbrá’

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Published March 9, 2012

Ojba Rasta is an eleven-piece dub/reggae band formed in 2009. In addition to obvious Jamaican influences, the band says they are inspired by world and film music. Performing all over Reykjavík since their inception, the band has grown quite popular and received much critical acclaim. Indeed, when Grapevine throws a party, we like to book them.
Right now, the band is working on their first album, which they plan to release this summer. Bassist Arnljótur wrote this track, called “Baldursbrá.” He tells us that it’s a personal love song, but whether or not you understand the Icelandic lyrics, its upbeat melody is sure to put you in a good mood. Log on to www.grapevine.is and let yourself be taken away by Ojba Rasta’s pulsating flow!
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HOLY SHIT DOOMRIDERS ARE IN TOWN!

HOLY SHIT DOOMRIDERS ARE IN TOWN!

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Hey guess what! Doomriders are back in town! And they’re playing Húrra tonight! This seminal metal band tore our faces off and shook our guts to the core when they burned down Grand Rokk eight years ago (with the help of I Adapt). That show certainly left a mark on a lot of people in Iceland’s metal scene (much like the 2004 Iðnó appearance by Doomriders stalwart Nate Newton’s other band, the mighty Converge), so much that noted hater Bogi Bjarnason is even excited for the show. This is what he told us: To wrap your weekend up on a high note,

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GY!BE, Deafheaven, Mudhoney AND MORE For ATP 2015

GY!BE, Deafheaven, Mudhoney AND MORE For ATP 2015

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While some of you have barely gotten over Airwaves, the news just keep rolling in for next year’s SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS! So, imagine you’re at All Tomorrow’s Parties , the  sun is beaming down on your face as you close your eyes and hug your friends, laughing jovially at how lovely life is, while your ears are being made love to by Canadian post rock LEGENDS: Godspeed You! Black Emperor. YEAH! They will be joined by (drum roll please): Belle and Sebastian Run The Jewels Mudhoney Deafheaven Iceage Loop Chelsea Wolfe The Field White Hills Ghostigital Vision Fortune Younghusband Tall Firs

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Carcass Announced For Eistnaflug 2015

Carcass Announced For Eistnaflug 2015

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Metal pioneers Carcass and heavy metal stalwarts Kvelertak were added today to Iceland’s annual Eistnaflug metal festival’s lineup. The festival is held each year in Neskaupsstaður, but announced that it’s upping its ante this year, inhabiting a bigger venue and with more tickets available. Carcass originated in Liverpool, England and have been playing since 1985 and are considered by many the founders of grindcore, as well as being credited with influencing the melodic death metal movement. Last year they released their sixth studio album, ‘Surgical Steel,’ which is their first in seventeen years. The complete lineup for Eistnaflug is as follows: Agent Fresco (IS)

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Markéta Irglová Plays in Harpa Concert Hall tonight

Markéta Irglová Plays in Harpa Concert Hall tonight

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Academy Award winning musician Markéta Irglová will play at Harpa concert hall tonight as part the final step of her two-month tour around Europe and North America. Markéta first came to prominence as a seventeen year old in the Irish feature film ‘Once.’ The film ended up claiming the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song and Marketa subsequently toured for years with her co-star Glen Hansard under the banner of “The Swell Season”. In more recent times Iceland has become Markéta’s adopted home, and her new album ‘Remember’ was entirely written here. “I came to Iceland for the first time with

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Welcome To The New Year

Welcome To The New Year

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By the time this issue hits the streets, we will be halfway through the fourteenth edition of the Iceland Arwaves festival. At the day of publication, Friday November 7, Straumur will be hosting an off-venue show at the independent cinema Bíó Paradís, where Vorhees, Sin Fang and Unknown Mortal Orchestra will perform (in that order!) from 16:15-19:00. Later that same day, we will also be hosting an official Airwaves show at Gaukurinn (starting at 20:00) where, among others, Oyama, Strigaskór Nr. 42, Black Bananas and Fufanu will grace the stage. The off-venue in Bíó Paradís continues throughout the weekend during

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What’s That Pinging? It’s Sónar-Eistnaflug Announcements!

What’s That Pinging? It’s Sónar-Eistnaflug Announcements!

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What’s the best thing to help with the post-festival blues? Some might say staying in bed with a ready supply of Parkodin and Coca-Cola; some might say jogging, water and some kind of paleolithic food regimen. I say: NO! The answer is more music festivals, of course. With that in mind, Sónar Reykjavík and Eistnaflug today unveiled more big names to joint their star-studded 2015 lineups. Sónar will see: TV On The Radio returning to Iceland for the first time since their memorable Airwaves show in 2003, joined by the languid disco-pop of Kindness, Swedish singer and rapper Elliphant, and British producer

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