The Barr Brothers by Siggi

A Touch Of Canadian Promise: Harpa Norðurljós Pt. I

RÖKKURRÓ, The Barr Brothers, Agent Fresco at Harpa Norðurljós on Saturday

The Good: The Barr Brothers unleash their sublime and experimental folk compositions.
As the final night of the festival (unless you’re one of the lucky ones to be heading to see Sigur Rós) gets underway, we head to Harpa Norðurljós to hear some of Iceland’s finest music, and a touch of Canadian p...
 
 
Rangleklods by Thorgeir Olafsson

I Only Do Girls I Just Barely Like: Harpa Silfurberg Pt. II

Retro Stefson, Rangleklods, Gus Gus, at Harpa Silfurberg on Saturday

The Good: The tastier beats by Rangleklods and Gus Gus
The Bad: Lack of top-shelf songwriting, rude crowd members, the fact we're all one day closer to death
Someone find Retro Stefson a cruise ship to rock! The set by Icelandic collective – whose members included two backup dancers, a woman wearing (and playing) a keyboard, a guest percussionist, and a hype man who ended up shirt...
 
 
Benni Hemm Hemm by Thorgeir Olafsson

Does Size Really Matter? Harpa Silfurberg Pt. I

Harpa Silfurberg on Saturday

The Good: Benni Hemm Hemm has a big heart to go along with his big band
The Bad: The Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band was a little too big
The old proverb goes that it’s not the size that matters, but how you use it. It works for music as it does for sex. You can do just as much with a kazoo as you can with a symphony if you know what you’re doing. That’s no...
 

 
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...