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 ...
 
 
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...
 
 
Paul Corley by Puffas

Oh, The Wind And The Rain!

Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Puzzle Muteson, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Ben Frost at Iðnó on Friday

The Good: "Oh, the wind and the rain!"
The Bad: N/A.
Yesterday, Reykjavík experienced an unusual and memorable weather day. Knowing I’d review Bedroom Community’s Iðnó performance in the evening, I set out to video the windstorm mid-afternoon. Weather documentary a...
 

 
Good Moon Deer by Thorgeir Olafsson

Nostalgia Trips and Bad Dancing

Geir Helgi, Steve Sampling, Nuke Dukem at Faktorý Downstairs on Friday

The room wasn’t packed, and I don’t think his music speaks to everyone. But if you were born at a certain time, probably somewhere between 1985 and 1990, and probably male, the set played out as something of a nostalgia trip.
 
 
Crowd at Faktorý by Skari

Das Flugzeug Fliegt

Bendagram, Captain Fufanu, Elektro Guzzi, Gluteus Maximus, Oculus at Faktorý upstairs (second half) on Friday

The Good: Captain Fufanu, Elektro Guzzi
The Bad: Bendagram
Lucky me and lucky us the lucky people crowding the upper floor of Faktorý on Friday because I can't imagine that any other night had this one beat.
 

 
Lay Low by Ingibjörg Torfadóttir

The Calm After The Storm

Patrick Wolf, Lay Low at Frikirkjan on Friday

The Good: A chance to see the Wolf Boy stripped down
The Bad: Overpowering alterpiece behind the stage
Patrick, I had forgotten that I loved you.
 
 
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Friday Night Taken By The Collar

Boogie Trouble, Low Roar, Hudson Wayne, Langi Seli og Skuggarnir, Pétur Ben, Shiko Shiko, Eclectic Moniker at Harpa Kaldalón on The Good: High energy, rockin', style and panache which had everyone on their feet
The Bad: Some acts failed to completely deliver
It's safe to say that despite it’s ever-thriving music scene, Reykjavík doesn't exactly have a rapid thoroughfare of touring acts. In fact, if you want to hear live music in one minority genre or another, you’d be better o...
 
 
Sísy Ey by Júlía Hvanndal

The Lights, The Fists: Faktorý Main pt. I

Good Moon Deer, Hermigervill, Sisy Ey at Faktorý on Friday

The Good: A solid dance set that got progressively better.
The Bad: The opening act needs to learn how to do more with a Mac.
Faktorý will always be Grand Rokk to me, and not because I'm particularly nostalgic for the good ol' days of 2004, but rather because despite the rebranding, Faktorý still has the same feel of the kind of club you expect to h...