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Nick Digital with artist Ragnheiður Harpa and singer Rakel Mjöll.

Nicky Digital Captures The Chaos of Iceland Airwaves

Nicholas Rhodes, aka Nicky Digital, is a party photographer, it-boy and moustache role-model based in New York City. You may have seen him industriously snapping the best gigs and parties at Airwaves last October. We caught up ...
by John Rogers
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soley

A Walk On The Mild Side

Just off Laugavegur behind some tall red doors lies Gamla Bíó, a grand seated theatre with a high balcony circle and a spotlit stage. Despite being in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, it feels like a secret somehow; an atmosp...
by John Rogers
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Iceland’s Dance Music Scene Is Awesome: Amsterdam Pt. 2

Good Moon Deer have a tough slot. They’re charged with enlivening the purgatorial atmosphere of Amsterdam, with the city alive and jumping just outside of its grubby windows. Headliners are hitting the stage in most venue...
by John Rogers
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Oyama Shake Harpa, Plug Pulled Due To Volume

Emerging Icelandic shoegaze stars Oyama had to stop their performance in Harpa yesterday due to being too loud for the venue. During a particularly fragile passage of classical music, their distorted noise-rock was audible thro...
by John Rogers
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Vök

Grapevine Talks To… Vök!

Since following in the footsteps of Samaris by winning the Icelandic battle-of-the-bands competition, Vök have become an in-demand trio making moody, catchy electronic pop.  We caught up with them at Kex for a chat bout their...
by John Rogers
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Good Moon Deer Spawn Weird Improv

Guðmundur Úlfarsson is one half of Reykjavík duo Good Moon Deer. Just as they release another blast of their energizing noise online via this fancy subsite, we challenged him to put the band’s uncategorizable sound int...
by John Rogers
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Boogie Trouble

Boogie Trouble Bring Icelandic Disco Fans Out Of The Closet

For all those who think all Icelandic music has a twinkly, swooning kind of sound, the richness and variation of the local acts on display at Airwaves will come as something of a surprise. As well as metal, techno, pop, hip-hop...
by John Rogers
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Sólstafir

Grapevine Talks To… Sólstafir!

We asked each band in this video interview series to pick a location that seemed personal or special to them in some way. Some chose their own homes, some their favourite bars or cafes; a practice room or much-loved record shop...
by John Rogers
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Shiny Darkly’s Little Earth

Shiny Darkly are a young Danish trio playing echoey, intense rock ‘n’ roll that’s been favourably compared to Suicide, Jesus & Mary Chain and The Cure, and the Modern Gothic of The Horrors and Savages. We ...
by John Rogers
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Killing Time For Rökkurró

If you saw our interview with the newly reconstituted and rejuvenated Rökkurró the other day, you might be curious to know they’ve released the first track in their new configuration. It’s called “Killing Ti...
by John Rogers
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Crowd at the Prins Póló show at Iðnó by Hörður Sveinsson

Life Is Wonderful! Grapevine’s FANCY Iceland Airwaves 2013 Compilation Is Here!

Wow, guys. Just think how much time, energy, effort and resources it takes to create a finished music recording. I mean, there’s the instruments – the years of learning, the borrowing and buying, the stringing, tuni...
by John Rogers
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Zola Jesus (US)

Zola Jesus Embraces The Cold

Zola Jesus, aka Nika Roza Danilova, went a long way in a short time. From art-school-solo-project beginnings, her early lo-fi recordings grabbed the attention of an international audience hungry for artistically-minded pop, an...
by John Rogers
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Júlía from Oyama

Grapevine Talks To… Oyama!

Oyama are a young Reykjavík quintet who’ve been picking up plaudits for their dreamy and distorted shoegaze sound. Their self-released EP “I Wanna” came out last year, and they’ve been in hibernation fo...
by John Rogers
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Iceland Airwaves Insider: Haukur S. Magnusson

If you’re a regular reader or at all familiar with the Reykjavík scene, you probably know of Haukur S. Magnusson. Reykjavík Grapevine’s editor-in-chief  is something of a face about town during Iceland Airwaves, ...
by John Rogers
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VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON

Bedroom Community Announce Festival Schedule, Including Hallgrímskirkja Show

Bedroom Community is probably Iceland’s best-known record label, renowned for a roster that smashes the mould of contemporary classical music. So, it’s exciting for everyone to see that they’re going to have a...
by John Rogers
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Grapevine Talks To… Nolo!

Nolo are Ívar and Jón, and their recently appointed drummer, Hörður. Since their debut album, which was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize, they’ve released a steady stream of winning lo-fi pop songs, including thei...
by John Rogers
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