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Iceland Airwaves Preview: Just Another Snake Cult Interview (Listen)

We’re heading to Iceland Airwaves! Tune in to WCRX and WCRXFM.com TOMORROW, beginning at 2 p.m., for a rebroadcast of our Iceland Airwaves preview. Students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course will travel to Iceland to cover the festival, Icelandic culture and more, beginning Nov. 5.  Follow their journey here. Check out a preview story below.

Just Another Snake Cult have produced and recorded the entirety of their music in band leader Þórir Bogason’s (known to his fans as Thor) apartment. This lo-fi, psychedelic-pop music is a must-see at Iceland Airwaves. Listen to Thor talk about the creative process, and be sure to catch Just Another Snake Cult at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Novermber 8th on the Harpa Kaldalón stage at Iceland Airwaves 2014.

ICYMI: Listen To WCRX’s Iceland Airwaves 2013 Preview Show With Icelandic Music And Culture Stories


We’re en route to Iceland! Follow Columbia students’ journey on the ground, which begins October 30, on the Iceland Airwaves 2013 blog.

WCRX 88.1 FM hosted a two-hour special Iceland preview show to highlight stories about the country’s rich culture and history. Host Brendan Taylor sat down with three students from Columbia College Chicago‘s “Covering International Festivals: Iceland” class to talk about the short audio pieces that the class put together in addition to playing songs from artists that will be performing at the 2013 Iceland Airwaves Festival. Here are a few of the bands that were played during the two-hour show: Hymnalaya, Dikta, Boogie Trouble, Asgeir, Lay Low, Nolo, Kajak, Apparat Organ Quartet, Borko, and Halleluwah.

Also included in the two-hour special were six preview pieces showcasing different parts of Icelandic culture, ranging from literature to Norse mythology to films to food. Click on the links below to listen to the show in its entirety.

Hour 1 of Iceland Preview Show:

Hour 2 of Iceland Preview Show:


Discover Lolla 2013: Preview


The schedule has been announced, tickets have been sold, and with 80 days until Lollapalooza it’s about time you started planning your method of attack.  Don’t worry WCRX FM is prepared to be your personal festival assistant. From The Killers and Kendrick Lamar to Steve Aoki and The Art Department we shall leave no new artist left behind. Welcome to Discover Lolla 2013.


d-prydeFirst up  D-Pryde a 19-year-old Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter
often compared to a cross between Drake (is it the way he turns ‘about’ cleverly into ‘auboot’?) and Eminem. Coming off the buzz of his 2012 mixtape “Flagship”  Pryde is embarking on his first national headlining tour this summer & release a brand new EP.

Check out his cover of Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce” and pencil him into your Friday schedule.

Lianne La Havas

lianneGrabbing inspiration from the likes of Jill Scott, Prince, and Stevie Wonder, our next stop on the Lolla discovery train is  Lianne La Havas. After catching major airplay in the states with her single “Is Your Love Big Enough” this UK import is a rare live concert experience you won’t want to miss. A truly raw and agressive voice will prove that not everyone needs exploding pyrotechnics and acrobats for a memorable Lolla show. Lianne is a great example of balance in an artist, exhibiting friendly yet polished tracks in a  complex mannor.

Pacific Air

pac airPreviously operating under the Koko moniker, Southern California brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon renamed their musical project Pacific Air. Spicing reinvention into their music, the brothers played tribute to their former selves on the EP “Long Live Koko“. Six months later we have “Pacific Air” and a band who is ready to release their debut album “Shut Up“. The lead single “Lose my Mind” is all you could ask for in California pop. Its a cold sarcastically named drink in front of a beautiful beachfront sunset. Or in our midwestern case, its an Old Style and a crisp Chicago sky. 

The Bright Light Social Hour

BLSSThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Their first full length album dropped in 2010 and they haven’t looked back since. They have performed in front of thousands of new fans, most notably at SXSW 2012, Wakarusa Festival and opening for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Current plans include producing their second album on their own in Austin Texas.  They certainly dont mind you pulling up a patch of Lolla lawn and watch them cavort on stage as they have been chronicling their recent adventures.  Bright Lights Social Hour has released a series of self-produced tour documentaries depicting their life on the road. 

Keys N Krates

keys-n-krates1We’ve landed on one of our personal favorite acts in this years line-up.  Keys n Krates are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. They recently wrapped up their first BBC Radio 1 mini mix, dropped the super hot “Lucid Dreams EP” and remixed everyone from Kanye West to Zedd.  The Canadian trio comprised of Adam Tune on drums synth David Matisse on keys, and internationally award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables. We have no doubt “Treat Me Right” will be the festival anthem of the summer.