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Islands Share ‘The Joke’ and ‘Christmas Tree,’ Two New Singles From Two New Albums

Indie shape-shifter Nick Thorburn, a.k.a. Nick Diamonds, has fronted short-lived but influential weirdo darlings the Unicorns, fashioned a jazzy effort as Reefer with hip-hop producer Daddy…
Evan Siegel / March 25, 2016

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Nick Thorburn on Unicorns Reunion: ‘Don’t Get Your Hopes Up’

Rumors of the Unicorns' resurrection have been slightly exaggerated. In a new podcast interview, group co-founder Alden Penner teased the possibility of a reunion tour,…
Chris Martins / February 13, 2014

Watch Michael Cera and Islands Actually Cover Meredith Brooks’ ‘Bitch’

Last week, Michael Cera appeared in a mockumentary celebrating Islands, whose fifth album Ski Mask is freshly out on Manque. This week, that band's main brain…
Chris Martins / September 30, 2013

Islands Mockumentary Casts Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Bill Hader

Islands released their fifth album Ski Mask on September 17, and it's a record that finds the band looking inward. To wit, early share "Wave Forms"
Chris Martins / September 25, 2013

Islands Consider ‘Becoming the Gunship’ on Pretty Song About Death

When we first heard word of Islands' forthcoming fifth album Ski Mask, it seemed like mastermind Nick Thorburn was in a quitting mood. Early taste "Wave…
Chris Martins / August 5, 2013

Islands Sing About Quitting on ‘Wave Forms’ From Forthcoming Fifth LP ‘Ski Mask’

Islands have a new album in the hopper, and it may be the Los Angeles-based art-pop project's last ... unless. "I feel like we’re kind…
Chris Martins / July 9, 2013

Beck Fields Ridiculous and Probing Questions at L.A. ‘Song Reader’ Event

Someone in the crowd has just asked Beck how he lost his virginity. Note to humans: this is probably not the best way to endear…
Chris Martins / February 22, 2013

Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold.
Anna Hyclak / December 3, 2010

Islands, ‘Vapours’ (Anti-)

Call it Nick Diamonds Gets His Groove Back. Former Unicorn Nick Thorburn went a bit dark and dreary on 2008's Arm's Way, but with Vapours,…
Josh Modell / September 25, 2009

Albums from Mika, Noisettes, Brand New & 11 More!

Here's a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:…
SPIN Staff / September 22, 2009

Islands Unveil New Tunes in Tour Opener

At most gigs, "We're going to play a new song" is code for "If you need a bathroom break, now's the time!"But when the new…
Ray Padgett / August 20, 2009

Human Highway Play First-Ever Live Show

New York City's intimate Cake Shop isn't normally a venue for stand-up comedy, but last night's first-ever set from folksy duo Human Highway -- a.k.a.,…
Larry Fitzmaurice / September 16, 2008

Human Highway

What? If you've ever taken any sort of dreamy downer drug -- recommended Benedryl dosage included -- we can safely assume you're familiar with the…
Travis Wright / August 14, 2008