Skálmöld by Rúnar Sigurður Sigurjónsson

Techno Vikings, Hot Chicks & Annoying Kids

Bárujárn, Hljómsveitin Ég, Skálmöld, Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán at Gamli Gaukurinn on Sunday

So, were you one of those fools who decided to pay all that money and venture all that way to Laugardalshöll to take part in the shiny dolphin wanking fest that was the Sigur Rós concert? Ha! Shame on you! The real music love...
Saytan by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

Instrumetal And Experimetal // And With A Growl, It Was Over…

Two Tickets to Japan, Saytan at Amsterdam on Sunday

So Iceland Airwaves 2012 comes to a close. The festival where everything that could go wrong went wrong. A festival that was lacking in breathtaking new discoveries and crazy live performances. But it was also a festival where ...
Boogie Trouble by Aníta Eldjárn

Once More, With Feeling // Intoxicate Me Now

Jón Þór, Elín Ey, Sometime, Boogie Trouble at Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar on Sunday

The Good: We are here and the time is now
The Bad: Some drunk guy talking loudly on his phone at the back of the club during a quiet acoustic set.
Every Airwaves Sunday I remember this again. That Airwaves works because Reykjavík is in essence a glorified festival ground; it is a play pen, a crib—it is safe, secluded, and full of young people who think they can do just...


The Bear, The Wolf, And The Unveiling of Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós at Laugardalshöllin on Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Good: Brennisteinn!
The Bad: No signal.
Once in autumn-nighttime, a bear and a wolf strode through a forest. As they walked, bear heard music so beautiful that she said: “Sister wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?” “It’s not a bird at all; that is Sigur...
Legend by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Post-Apocalyptic Disco

Asonat, Sometime, Legend, Sykur, Thorunn Antonia, Bendsen, Úlfur Úlfur, Emmsjé Gauti at Faktorý on Saturday

The Good: LEGEND. They owned the night.
The Bad: An old favorite phoned it in.
There are some nights when you look at the line-up at a venue and know pretty much what to expect. I thought that was the case Saturday night at Faktorý, but I was proven wrong. And I’m glad I was. With acts that ranged ...

Bypass by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

My House. Faktorý Downstairs.

Bypass, Houskell, Pedro Pilatus, Hermigervill DJ Set at Faktorý Downstairs on Saturday

The Good: Salsa robots and contemporary dance are all the rage in Reykjavík apparently.
The Bad: Saturday night around 10pm, I walk into Faktorý, Sunday jazz bar, weekend electronica venue and it's empty. Like, actually empty.
Saturday night around 10pm, I walk into Faktorý, Sunday jazz bar, weekend electronica venue and it’s empty. Like, actually empty. Well, okay the musicians and the bartender are there. I can understand this, with a pletho...
Ásgeir Trausti by Siggi

Oh, Boy (bands)! : Harpa Norðurljós Pt. II

Ásgeir Trausti, Vacationer, Boy at Harpa Norðurljós on Saturday

It seems like everyone here for Ásgeir Trausti’s set is actually here to listen. I’m guessing as much because, for the first time at this year’s festival, I’m hearing a lot of shushing. “You’ve never seen him play ...
Guðríð Hansdóttir by Simon Steel

Kaldalón Attacked By Canadian Gay Pirates!!!

Guðrið Hansdóttir, 1860, Kira Kira, Woodpidgeon, Siinai, Mr.Silla at Harpa Kaldalón on Saturday

The Good: Woodpigeon soared like an Eagle, Guðrið Hansdóttir moved us to tears
The Bad: 1860 failed to pick us up
The first half of Harpa Kaldalón’s Saturday line-up felt incredibly random, as if the organizers pulled names out of a bag. I spent most of the night alternating between being deeply moved, annoyed, and confused. GUÐRI...