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GusGus

GusGus, Iceland's leading techno-/soul band saw the light of day for the first time in 1995, during a break in the making of the shortcut "Pleasure". Initially GusGus was as a multimedia collective that combined sexually tinged dance music with visual arts and shorts made by the group's members. A self-titled debut album appeared on their Kjól & Anderson imprint in conjunction with the screening of "Pleasure" and immediately caused a buzz on the scene in their native land.

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Bloodgroup

Bloodgroup was formed in 2006 by Halez, Lilja, Raggi and Janus during some boring winter days on the east coast of Iceland. After a few months of writing noticiable and catchy electronic dance pop, the group played at Iceland Airwaves festival. They recieved praise for a great live show, along with their terrific melodies and beats that seemed to get even the harshest metalheads to do the dance. The group evolved and got even better each time the went on stage, and are now considered one of the best live acts in Icelandic music.

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Iamthemorning

iamthemorning is a neo-classical vocal indie band from Russia. Full band consists of piano, vocals, guitar, bass-guitar, drums and string quartet and sounds like prog-rock with arrangements, influenced by Russian Classical Music heritage and various ethnic motifs. The sound may vary, as the band can play both acoustic sets (grand piano, vocals, string quartet) - and then it turns to fragile neo-classical (thought, rather gloomy) collective, and prog-rockish sets when fragility of neo-classical concept is being empowered by sophisticated rhythm section and jazzy guitar.

Read more about Iamthemorning on Last.fm.

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Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir

18-years old Yohanna (Johanna Gudrun Jonsdottir) will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2009 with song "Is It True?" written by Oskar Pall Sveinsson, Christopher Neil and Tinatin Japaridze. Yohanna is singing since 8 years old. Her debut International album Butterflies and Elvis was released late 2008 and got good reviews.

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Momentum

Having long since conferred knighthood in Iceland as the tightest and hardest working metal band in the metal scene today, Momentum has honored its name and never stopped to rest in their search for a musical identity.
With two grandiloquent thematic extended play-albums under their belt, their new full length album ventures beyond the realm of musical labeling: a realm mirrored in the psychedelic cover art of the front man, and the mixed colors of the ever growing crowd attending their shows.

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Hjaltalín

The band Hjaltalín began as a one-act thing in the music scene of MH, a Reykjavík gymnasium that is renowned for harboring musicians. Things have evolved since then, personnel changed, and the band has actually changed course regarding musical styles in the meantime, although the band is certainly hard to categorize with influences ranging from modern indie rock to 60’s pop music to classical music. http://www.myspace.com/hjaltalinband

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Sigur Ros

Sigur Rós (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsɪːɣʏr ˈroːus] ( listen)) is an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic, classical, and minimalist elements. The band is known for its ethereal sound, and frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals and use of bowed guitar.
Genres Post-rock
Dream pop
Experimental rock
Ambient

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Dip

Dip is the name for six different bands. 1.) An alternative rock band from Japan that formed in 1991. (dip with a lower case d)
2.) A Japanese visual kei band that formed in 2005 (dip with a lower case d)
3.) A power pop band from the United Kingdom.
4.) A D.I.Y. psychedelic and progressive indie band from South Florida, 1996-2000.
5.) Experimental drum and sample group from Reykjavík,Iceland.(Jónsi from Sigur Rós sings in one song
'Skyscraper Heart' calling himself Frakkur)

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