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Sykur by Galina Alexander

Bleeding Money And In Sugar Filled Young Dreams

Kiriyama Family Technically proficient throughout, this young band underpin everything they do with interesting rhythms, the female voice added much needed soul when used. On this showing it seems like the band members were too...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Going Out With A Bang

There were eight shows of varying quality and styles showcased at Gamli Gaukurinn on the big Saturday night. First up were Skepna, a rock band that just released a self-titled album. I had listened to said album several times a...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Wistaria at Hressó by Páll Hilmarsson

An Acceptable Night Out In The Cold – Hressó Pt. 1

Sitting down in a booth at Hressó, like so many times before, I raised an eyebrow as a female led group joyfully played through pop songs on stage, smiling from ear to ear – this didn’t sound at all like what I imagined Sv...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Colour Me Impressed – Iðnó Part Two

Belgian outfit Girls In Hawaii ran a very tight ship in the packed Iðnó, regularly engaging with the crowd and getting them to swoon from side to side. During their performance, the indie-rock band showed that they had a mul...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Metz at Harpa by Jim Bennett

Muck Me, I’m Glad We Metz

The lovely Torontonians made sure to shred, rip, tear and murder everything they could in the most efficient manner imaginable with the time allotted to them. And like true Canadians, they politely bade the attendees “a great...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Dr. Spock by Iona

The Gentle Lineup Upset By Rock N Fucking Roll

All in all, the night had its ups and its down and served very well as a welcome to new guests and first timers. The unexpected addition of Dr. Spock definitely stole the show, however.
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Þjóðleikhúsið

Þjóðleikhúskjallarinn

The basement of the National Theatre of Iceland has served a variety of functions through the years, most notably as a meeting place for the Reykjavík chapter of the Social Democratic Alliance on January 21, 2009, wherein they...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Hressó

Hressó

The bar recently underwent a bit of a facelift with snazzy colourful cushions replacing worn leather booths. There are plenty of seats here during the day, but they clear half of them out on late weekend nights and during Airwa...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Harlem

Harlem’s walls are essentially a permanent exhibition of some of the best contemporary Icelandic artists. Fittingly, young artists and art students make up a considerable chunk of the crowd. They engage in intensive table...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Gamla Bíó

A film theatre turned opera house, Gamla Bíó is the go-to place for the Icelandic Opera troupe. During the Reykjavík Airwaves, it also turns into a lively venue for the gigs worthy of sitting down to. Thursday 19:10 1860 20:...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Sumie Nagano (SE)

Sumie Nagano (SE)

Call it modesty, call it shyness if you wish, no matter which, Sumie has always been careful about sharing her artistic creations with the world. She produced her first solo recordings at home, featuring her own vocals and guit...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Sun Glitters

Sun Glitters (LU)

Sun Glitters sound is an ocean of lush melodies, pitch-shifted vocal samples, ghostly digi-diva choirs, warm bass melodies driven by alternately dense and relaxing beatwork combinations between downtempo and wonky beats. Novemb...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Svartidauði

Svartidauði

”All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity.” As the Mayans predicted the release of Svartidauði’s debut full length, ‘Flesh Cathedral,...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Sykur

Sykur

Icelandic electro outfit Sykur got their first international release with EP ‘Mesopotamia’ on April 29th of this year. It didn’t take long for Wall of Sound head honcho Mark Jones to snap them up upon first hearing. The s...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Captain Fufanu

Captain Fufanu

Captain Fufanu are the youngsters Kaktus & Gulli, who have been checking out the crowd reaction in front of the stage and making tunes since 2008. They are a household name in Iceland’s club culture and are well known...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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Carmen Villain (NO)

Norwegian/Mexican Carmen Villain is the latest signing on Smalltown Supersound (Lindstrøm, Neneh Cherry, Annie). Her debut album ‘Sleeper’ was released early in 2013 to great reviews. The sound is tempestuous, psyc...
by Gabríel Benjamin
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