Posts Tagged ‘Review’


Confusing, Lovely, Twerking, Pre-Flight Entertainment

I will hand it to the six Icelandic guys in wifebeaters known as UMTBS for performing on a very high energy level to a room of full of tired and hungover people, and enjoying doing it. They shredded, they shrieked, they press...
by Árni Árnason

Metz at Harpa by Jim Bennett

Muck Me, I’m Glad We Metz

The lovely Torontonians made sure to shred, rip, tear and murder everything they could in the most efficient manner imaginable with the time allotted to them. And like true Canadians, they politely bade the attendees “a great...
by Gabríel Benjamin


Anna Von Hausswollf by Siggi

Music You Can Sit To

As the set continues Hausswolff and her band prove themselves masters of texture, which ranges from ominous, to somber, and finally hopeful. They're not in a hurry to get there though. They know a journey is in the traveling, n...
by Þórir Bogason

Saytan by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

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

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 ...
by Ragnar Egilsson


Guðríð Hansdóttir by Simon Steel

Kaldalón Attacked By Canadian Gay Pirates!!!

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...
by Bob Cluness

Phantogram by Siggi

Chilly Winds Don’t Blow

“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...
by Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir


Crowd at Faktorý by Simon Steel

Rangling And Raving at Faktorý Upstairs

At times throughout last night at the Faktorý upstairs stage, it felt less so a case of how amazing the artist was, but more which period of Aphex Twin’s career the artist most respected. At other times it felt like a flat o...
by thomas

Thorunn Antonia by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Come Get Yr Fill: Deutsche Bar, Night One

Myrra Rós makes the kind of music that makes you want to close your eyes. Not because the band is terrible looking (they’re all cute!), but because it’s the sort of blissed out, mellow folk pop that causes people to stand...
by Kirsten O'Brien



Back On The Stage With Rökkurró: We Just Had To Play Iceland Airwaves

Their first show in over a year Rökkurró are back for Iceland Airwaves with new energy and an acoustic set, but with the future yet to be decided By Steffan Lykke Møller / Photos by Pat Moriearty Recently, you haven’t ...
by Rebecca Louder

Trouble by Aníta Eldjárn

Extreme Chillin’

There is a constant underlying agitation in Jafet Melge's set. It surfaces, but for the most part it comes out either attacking or barely stifled in the end of segment, and all of this is wonderfully entwined with some nice bac...
by Aðalsteinn Jörundsson


Rich Aucoin at NASA by Alexander Matukhno

Sunday Night at NASA: The End of it All (for now)

The night starts like this: I am manhandled by the door man (looking for weapons? What the fuck?). I get in and it’s crowded and I’m tired. I fell off my bike earlier and my knee hurts. Basically, sorry to say it,  I am no...
by Bergrún Anna Hallsteinsdóttir

Æla at Amsterdam by Arnar Halldórsson

Night Of The Living Dead

I had the great fortune to have two headlining bands to look forward to tonight, and a few opening acts I’d never heard of and hoped might pleasantly surprise me. The night ended on a much higher note than I expected, and...
by paul


Reykjavík! at NASA by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Why Sunday is the Best Night of Airwaves

Despite the fact that, come the fifth and last day of Airwaves each year, I make my way—kicking and screaming—to my last assignment, by the time it comes to writing the final review, I always feel a bit sentimental for Sunday.
by Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir

Mammút at Gaukur á Stöng by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

Mannheim Outlingers Do It Waaaay Better!

ORPHIC OXTRA Bob: Yup the Balkan klemzacore of Orphic Oxtra. That first song was rather long wasn’t it? Sindri: Well they have an hour set so they’re taking their time aren’t they? B: Where is that piano though? I can hea...
by Bob Cluness


Legend at Gaukur á Stöng by Iona Sjöfn

Dazed, Derived, Darkness & Dancing

So far I’ve had pretty good luck this Airwaves. Every night I’ve been to has been cohesively programmed and well planned. Having carefully studied the schedule for days and days before the festival, I knew this was an anoma...
by Rebecca Louder

Ghostdigital at Faktorý by Hvalreki

Dance Dance Resolution

Saturday was my night to cut a rug. I resolved to do so while drinking… heavily, but responsibly! 20:00 Tonik Understandably, these boys had a tall order to fill – first group of the night, playing to a crowd of about ...
by Christopher Czechowicz