Nicky Digital Captures The Chaos of Iceland Airwaves

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Nicholas Rhodes, aka Nicky Digital, is a party photographer, it-boy and moustache role-model based in New York City. You may…

The Absolutely, Unquestionably, Very Best Of Airwaves 2013!

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We did it again (oops). We did it again. It was a tough one, what with the one hundred thousand…

Sykur: Being Insane Is A Good Thing!

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The lead singer of Sykur, Agnes Björt Andradóttir, is clearly mental. But in a good way.

A Note On Replication And Adaptation

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Apparently there has been some controversy — and some misunderstanding — regarding my recent comment about certain Icelandic bands and…

Reykjavík Grapevine’s Podcast: Airwaves Monday Edition

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Poof! Five days packed with music, party and Grapevine Airwaves Podcast is now over. What a blast! As we say…

Icelandic Soul Is Life Of The Party

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The decision to spend the last night of Airwaves at Gamli Gaukurinn was one of the better ones I made…

Surf Gaze Tutu Metal

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Amsterdam, Sunday, the final night. Passable pub, can’t complain but for the 2k ISK double Jameson. Suggestion: use that money…

Samaris: The White Swan Performance

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For many, Iceland Airwaves is about discovering new and exciting bands and being surprised with performances. My Airwaves experience usually…

Those Magnificent Men in Their Kraftwerk Machine – Harpa Eldborg

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It’s been over 40 years since they released their first album, and even the oldest songs haven’t aged much. Not many bands can say that about their catalogue, especially in the electronic genre.

Saturday Night Live

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SÓLEY At first glance, one would not think Sóley is a very tough person. For her set at Gamla Bíó…

A Downer Crowd, Icelandic Bro-Hop And Synth Driven Lolita Fantasies

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The evening started quietly at Hressingarskálinn on Saturday evening, not a lot of commotion going on as venue opener Jara took the stage….

A Walk On The Mild Side

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Just off Laugavegur behind some tall red doors lies Gamla Bíó, a grand seated theatre with a high balcony circle…

The Big Sleep At Harpa Kaldalón

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Kira Kira, an experimental noise band fronted by Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, opened up Harpa Kaldalón with a song I imagine…

Different Flavours Of Electronic

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VÖK Vök is a young band, formed only earlier this year. Already within that short time they’ve managed to win…

Too Much Polish, Not Enough Passion – Iðnó pt. 2

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No, you don’t need hand gestures to accompany each vocal flourish, and no, you don’t need to tell the crowd to move closer to the stage (pet peeve of mine, that one). And you might want to consider spitting your gum out before you take the stage.

Very Solid! – Iðnó pt. 1

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It was an early start at Iðnó on Saturday. The band Vigri went on stage just after seven o’clock and…

Jon Hopkins Destroyed My Face

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An unedited conversation about the bands I saw last night, which ended up being a ridiculous amount of fun. Not…

“Oh, and FOKK YOU MATTI!!!!!” – Amsterdam Pt. 2

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IN THE COMPANY OF MEN As I arrive at Amsterdam to do the second part of the METAL NIGHT FROM…

Icelandic Metal Is Alive And Well – Amsterdam Pt. 1

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Trust The Lies is a young, upcoming metalcore band. They are obviously well rehearsed for the occasion, with all melodic…

This Was Special For Mykki Blanco

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One of the most notable shows of Airwaves 2013 was about to begin, featuring Nolo, Ghostigital, Mykki Blanco, Gold Panda,…

“…Then The Bass Came In” – Harlem Pt. 2

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Venue impressions: very hand painted, intimate feel. Feels like a lot of DIY loft venues I’ve been to in NY,…

Like Sticking Your Head In Warm Ambient Goo – Harlem Pt. 1

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ARNI² Fresh from their blistering set last night (where they apparently played nowt but banging hardcore techno), Árni Grétar and…

Reykjavík Grapevine’s Podcast: Airwaves Sunday Edition

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Wohoo! It is Sunday! We made it! Almost. Your audio-loving friends, the omniscient Grapevine Airwaves Podcast Team, has been rolling…