DIIV by Birta Rán

Fucking The Pain Away, Surf Punk And Nice Guys

My Bubba & Me, Mo Kenney, Skúli Sverrisson, Ólöf Arnalds, I Break Horses, Diiv, Valdimar at Iðnó on Saturday

On Saturday night, the salt was no longer thick in the air. Thank God. We had stopped fearing for our lives and the wind had calmed to a mere breeze. We could freely walk the streets without fear of decapitation by a loose piec...
Dr Spock by Siggi

A Night of Grit and Momentum Inside The Temple Of Doom

Muck, Dimma, Plastic Gods, Jesuslesfilles, Dr. Spock, Brain Police, Strigaskór nr. 42, Momentum at Gamli Gaukurinn on Saturday

The Good: Energetic crowd, gender balanced crowd
The Bad: The mood-killing security staff infiltrating the dance floor.
Iceland Airwaves, you manage to surprise me. Similarly to last night, this line up is not genre specific. Sure, it’s not as wild card-y as yesterday was, this one leaning on rock and beers a bit more. A lot more, shall we...
Ghostdigital by Thorgeir Olafsson

Cult Leaders and Circus Sideshows

Stereo Hypnosis, Epic Rain, Ghostigital, Bloodgroup, Ghostpoet, Ojba Rasta, Elektro Guzzi, Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán at Deutsche Bar on Saturday

Stereo Hypnosis kicked off the night at Þýski Barinn for a thin crowd, and they never got worse but they never got better either. They essentially played the same song for their entire set; it was a slow and steady noise, an...

Friends by Alísa Kalyanova

Dirty Projectors Whip Up A Masterpiece

Prins Póló, Kwes, Sin Fang, Friends, Dirty Projectors at Reykjavík Art Museum on Saturday

The Good: A strong lineup of homegrown & international acts at a venue in the heart of downtown - so was able to nip out for a few songs of Æla and Ghostigital between bands
The Bad: 750kr for a stubby beer can is kinda harsh on the wallet
Prinspóló have been going a long while now, and in that time they have perfected an Icelandic version of the lo-fi college-rock sound, a bit like the sweet-hearted early days of Yo La Tengo. They’re innately loveable, b...
Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason by Ingibjörg Torfadóttir

Divination: Sun (reversed), Moon

Daníel Bjarnason, Ben Frost, Daughter at Fríkirkjan on Saturday

The Good: Great news! There will be life after the apocalypse.
The Bad: The ship will sail inverted.
THE SUN, REVERSED (POSITION: SITUATION) “In Slavic mythology, the Zorya are a trinity of sister goddesses who attend to the sun god, whose chariot rides through the sky every day, bringing light and warmth. The sun represents...

Sindri Eldon & the Ways by Alísa Kalyanova

Rocking Out At Amsterjam!

Myrká, Benjamín, Þórir Georg, Æla, Technical Kidman, Croisztans, Sindri Eldon & The Ways at Amsterdam on Saturday

The storm that battered Reykjavik on Friday claimed its fair share of victims – the roof to a downtown building, one person’s bike this reviewer saw whipped over a sea wall – but it’s not about to claim ...
Acts on at Harpa tonight are quite varied, with Apparat Organ Quartet bringing the electronic...

Gary Wolstenholme photo diary from Nov 2

Gary Wolstenholme is the Photo Editor at Drownedinsound.com, curating http://drownedinsound.com/in_photos . He likes an ale or three, good food and live music ,although much of the live music he sees is through a lens. He can o...
Mammút by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

River Gods

Nolo, Útidúr, Rubik, Mammút, The Vaccines at The Reykjavík Art Museum on Friday, November 2. 2012

The Good: Kata, the singer - a self-proclaimed river god – melts minds into liquid with her uniquely elastic vocals that get into your heart and jump out through your throat.
The Bad: Hold the phone. Iceland is over indie-rock?
Hold the phone. Iceland is over indie-rock? As the night went on at The Reykjavík Art Museum, I noticed that I could have been doing jumping jacks, the venue never filled, and the infamous queue was non-existent. The stormy we...