Reykjavík! by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Hypnosis And High Times: Deutsche Bar Pt. II

Blouse, Moonface with Siinai, Reykjavík!, Dream Central Station at Deutsche bar on Friday

The Good: Moonface's hypnotic tunes, the thoroughly fun set by Reykjavík!, the fact that everything ran on time.
The Bad: Snoozy sets by Blouse and Dream Central Station; how freaking hot it got when Deutsche Bar was packed.
At Deutsche bar on Friday, the late gigs offered the kind stylistic pileup I've come to expect from an Airwaves lineup.
 
 
Tilbury by Puffas

Getting Through Those Winter Blues: Deutsche Bar Pt. I

Japanese Super Shift and the Future Band, Nelson Can, Borko, Tilbury at Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar on The Good: Nelson Can dominate the room, while Borko enraptures with his classic compositions.
After a day of almighty winds trying to sweep every person, vehicle and road sign off into the sea, a night of good, solid, rousing music is what we need to warm us through again, and Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar is set to prov...
 
 
Endless Dark by Skari

A Tapestry Of Odd Ends. A Mosaic Of Unlikely Line-Up Mates. A Night Of Yawns And Yeahs

Just Another Snake Cult, Saytan, Kool Thing, Moss, The Vintage Caravan, Thee Attacks, Endless Dark, We Made God at Gamli Gaukurinn on Friday

The Good: Just Another Snake Cult, Jimmy Attack, bleeding for rock
The Bad: Being told to know my place, polite psychology post grads
When looking at the line-up I could have sworn someone with a split personality put it together. One is sweet, the other bitter. One is light, the other dark. One is odd, the other pedestrian.
 

 
Ólafur Arnalds by Skari

Exitmusic, Ólafur Arnalds Bewitch Airwavers At Norðurljós

Ahearwater, Exitmusic, Ólafur Arnalds, For a Minor Reflection, Monotown at Harpa Norðurljós on Friday

Before I hear Monotown for the first time tonight, someone describes them to me as sounding “like an ABBA B-side”. While that’s not an entirely accurate summary, it does at least place them in a ballpark where...
 
 
FM Belfast by Rúnar Sigurður Sigurjónsson

Ending On A High

Apparat Organ Quartet, Me and My Drummer, FM Belfast, Hjálmar & Jimi Tenor, Half Moon Run, Kiriyama Family at Harpa Silfurberg on Friday

Harpa's interiors are as grandiose as its beautiful façade would suggest. A small, bridged entrance gives way to high ceilings, epic stairwells and huge music halls but it still somehow feels very intimate, or perhaps that is ...
 

 
Beneath by Hlynur Hafsteinsson

They Played With Murder In Their Eyes, And Darkness In Their Souls

Svartidauði, Atrum, Heavy Medical, Angist, Wistaria, Beneath, Celestine, Gone Postal at Cafe Amsterdam on Friday

The Good: Nearly all of it, but Angist were absolutely brilliant
The Bad: Wistaria didn't quite hit it. And ruined shoes....
If a band like SVARTIDAUÐI had been booked to play at Airwaves a few years ago, they would likely have played to only a few people, with curious onlookers holding their ears and running a mile when their nasty black metal soun...
 
 
Phantogram by Siggi

Chilly Winds Don’t Blow

Samaris, Phantogram, Sóley, Purity Ring at Reykjavík Art Museum on Thursday

The Good: Samaris
The Bad: Phantogram
“Holy fucking Christ,” I said without hearing myself say it, the words sucked right out of my mouth. It was not just the wind—violent, subarctic, merciless—that assailed me from all directions and angles, rendering it e...
 
 
Of Monsters and Men by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

“Good Work, Gang!”

Of Monsters and Men, Bloodgroup, Dikta, Jamie N Commons, Lara Runars at Harpa Silfurberg on Thursday

The Good: Bloodgroup made up for the dissappointment of Purity Ring being moved venues
The Bad: Missing the northern lights in the sky outside
This evening Lára Rúnars gives the sense of a pop star ‘dressed down’ with a loose fitting dress and brandishing a bottle of beer. It feels good to have a native star on this large stage in a beautiful venue and s...