1. Jónas Sigurðsson: Live from the Little House of Music

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    Musician Jónas Sigurðsson and his band Ritvélar Framtíðarinnar, have built a steady following in Iceland based on their magnificent live performances.

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    • Dikta: Live from the Little House of Music

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      Dikta, an Icelandic verb meaning “to compose or make something up,” remains immersed in the same passionate and soulful atmosphere it was formed in, inspiring their melodic alternative rock sound. After their debut album in 2002, the four-piece band released their first album in English in 2005 called Hunting for Happiness, expanding their European audience. Dikta filled every venue and played every festival in Iceland and opened for The Kooks during their 2011 European tour before releasing their third album, Get it Together, through the German indie label Smarten-Up Records and Rough Trade Records. Prior to releasing the album in Germany, Get it Together reached platinum sales in their home country and received four awards at the Listener’s Choice Awards.

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      • Prins Polo: Live from the Little House of Music

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        Prinspóló is the brainchild and former alter ego of Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson from Breiðholt. He worked on a farm as a child where he studied singing with a walkman and a shovel. The few moments he has to himself he changes his bottled up feelings into songs and puts them on tape.

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        • Sóley: Live from the Little House of Music

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          Also a member of the Icelandic indie acts Seabear and Sin Fang, Sóley Stefánsdóttir performs delicate electronic pop on her own as just Sóley. Inspired by Scandinavian acts such as Sigur Rós and Múm, she began making music in her teens, and studied piano and composition at the Icelandic Art Academy in 2007. During that time she also played and sang with Seabear and Sin Fang, though at first she was afraid to sing too close to the microphone. She overcame that fear with experience and began work on her solo project, issuing her debut EP, Theater Island, on Morr Music in 2010. The following year, her first album, the more fleshed-out We Sink, arrived.

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          • Hjálmar: Live from the Little House of Music

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            Hjálmar are the reggae kings of Iceland, known for their old-school roots reggae with strong Icelandic influences (the so called lopapeysu-reggae).

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            • Valdimar: Live from the Little House of Music

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              The band Valdimar vas formed in 2009 by two long time friends from Keflavik Iceland. Starting out as a duo the band quickly expanded and is now counting six fulltime members plus a 3-4 people brass section. Their debut album Undraland was released in 2010 and was widely celebrated both by critics and the public. Four singles from the album made it to the top ten charts and their biggest hit so far, Yfirgefinn, was one of the most played songs of 2011. The music builds up from being soft and intimate to an exciting hair-raising, heart-stirring energy often with all ten members on stage playing full blast, making their live performances an unforgettable experience. The genre can be described as an electro indie mix with roots in Americana, even though fans find defining the genre of Valdimar simply irrelevant.

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              • Ásgeir Trausti: LIve from the Little House of Music

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                Icelandic singer-songwriter, Asgeir Trausti, may only be 20 years old but last summer he already made his mark on the Icelandic music scene with his two singles, Sumargestur and the smash-hit Leyndarmal. Both singles belong to his debut album Dyrd i daudathogn, released in September. A digital presale on Icelandicmusic.com, a week before the release of the album, broke all records and showed clearly that Asgeir Trausti had already created a name for himself. Born and raised in the countryside of Iceland, Asgeir Trausti comes from a family of musicians. He trained on classical guitar but was aiming for a career in sports when he suddenly made a U-turn after being encouraged to take his music more seriously. He took his demos to producer Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson and several months later his debut album was released in Iceland with great critical acclaim. The album has so far only been released in Iceland but an English version of it is in the making with lyrics written by American musician John Grant. When performing, Asgeir Trausti’s friend Julius joins him on stage for the lighter version but for a full-blown version Asgeir Trausti is backed-up by a band made up of experienced Icelandic musicians, including three from reggae band hjálmar.

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                • Hermigervill : Live from the Little House of Music

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                  Armed with a treacherously unpronounciable artist name, Hermigervill has been making waves on the Icelandic music scene for quite a while with his unique electronic sound, which works equally well in your living room as it does on packed dancefloors.

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                  • Lay Low: Live from the Little House of Music

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                    Her live shows have seen her reach round and hug a room of 200 people using only her voice in acapella. Seeing LAY LOW perform is unique as it is comforting. Musically playful, she spins new yarns out of her songs, exudes warmth and radiates sincerity that amounts to a sincere and personal experience. Lay Low has toured with Iceland‘s new darlings of pop, Of Monsters and Men on their tours in the US and Europe this year. Her latest single from the upcoming album, ‘The Backbone’ has a poetic resonance with Neil Young and P.J. Harvey; a lick of Nancy Sinatra’s husky attitude and a dose of Portishead’s dirty acid trip. Get a dose of pure charm at this year’s Airwaves and catch Lay Low in concert for a musical hug you won’t forget.

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                    • Pétur Ben: Live from the Little House of Music

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                      Known for his unique style of guitar playing and simple songwriting Petur Ben has been a sought after collaborator and producer. He stepped into the limelight with Mugison when Murr Murr became a hit and won them song of the year on the Icelandic Music Awards. The year after he walked home with the award for best alternative album for his debut album Wine For My Weakness. Petur has kept his hands busy working with friends such as Ragnar Bragason for whom he’s done three film scores and Kippi Kaninus who in turn also plays in Petur’s band. Last year he did an album with Eberg called Numbers Game. This year however his long anticipated second solo album Gods Lonely Man will finally see the light of day. The first single brings Velvet Underground to mind but the rest of the album takes that feeling of abandonment and runs with it in every possible direction.

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