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I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

This week at the IFC Center in NYC, Oscilloscope Labs presents the opening run of its latest critically acclaimed film, Only The Young. (Get tickets here, film folk. It looks nice!) It focuses on three charming teens teetering on adulthood in an economically depressed town, and its directors (Jason Tippet and Elizbeth Mims) and producer… More »

This week, we ran into a bit of a problem as it pertains to this list: For some reason, YouTube embed aren’t rendering when we put them in. We’re not sure why that is, but we’re looking to fix it. (And if any readers know anyone at YouTube or Google who could help us out,… More »

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Nick Diamonds – “Specimen Days” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Specimen Days" was left off City Of Quartz, Islands/Unicorns/Serial dude Nick Thorburn's latest solo release under his Nick Diamonds alias. But the song is out…
Chris DeVille | September 4, 2015 - 10:43 am

Nick Diamonds – “Bohemian Groove”

The Unicorns/Islands frontman and Serial music composer Nick Thorburn always has a few things in the works. And right now, he's getting ready to release…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Nick Diamonds – “Witch Window” (Stereogum Premiere)

Aside from fronting the rather iconic Montreal band Unicorns and releasing several albums with his cult-favorite art-pop act Islands, Nick Thorburn is also the man…
Caitlin White | April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

Islands & Idiot Glee – “Are You Sleeping?” (Harry Nilsson Cover)

Harry Nilsson is one of those musicians whose influence far outstrips his fame. His music feels like a sacred trust among the initiated, which is…
Chris DeVille | April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

Watch Islands Perform New Song “Snowflake” On Exclaim! TV

While getting ready to play a show in Toronto, Islands met up with Exclaim! TV to debut a brand-new song live. It's called "Snowflake," and…
Miles Bowe | April 2, 2014 - 11:40 am

Islands – “Hawaii”

Nick Thorburn recently put out the new album Ski Mask with his group Islands, and now he's got another bit of new music. "Hawaii" is…
Miles Bowe | December 16, 2013 - 10:48 am

Islands – “Wave Forms” Video

Canadian art-poppers Islands' video for "Wave Forms," the first single from their new album Ski Mask, stars Cory Zacharia, the subject of the 2008 documentary…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Watch An Islands Mockumentary Starring Michael Cera, Bill Hader, And Jon Daly

Islands, the longstanding indie-pop enterprise fronted by ex-Unicorns member Nick Diamonds, just released a new album called Ski Mask, which Thorburn touts as "like a…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Stream Islands Ski Mask

Nick Thorburn is probably still better-known for Unicorns than for anything else, but he’s now cranked out five albums in seven years with his art-pop…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Islands – “Becoming The Gunship”

Islands, the Canadian art-poppers led by former Unicorn Nick Thorburn, are preparing to unleash their new album Ski Mask upon the world. The first single…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2013 - 9:23 am

Islands – “Wave Forms”

Islands, the project led by former Unicorn Nick Thorburn, stays forever busy. Their last album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is only a year old,…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Stepson (El-P & Nick Diamonds) – “Movie Tit”

El-P and Islands' Nick Diamonds are no stranger to collaboration -- most recently, see "Stay Down" from El's excellent Cancer For Cure, or that screengrab…
Amrit Singh | November 30, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Spotify In The USA: One Year Later

In 2011, the Internet exploded with subscription-based streaming services. Google, iTunes and Amazon all wanted a piece of that magic digital jukebox in the sky.
Lauretta Charlton | July 16, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Fat Tony & Tom Cruz – “Bad Habits” (Feat. Bun B & Nick Diamonds)

Today, the brand new Brooklyn-based label Young One announced its formation, and it's already got a small but seriously impressive roster: Bay Area cloud-rap pioneers…
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Watch El-P & Nick Diamonds Play Letterman

At this point, it's pretty expected for every big indie rock type to make the late-night rounds whenever a new record drops. But there's still…
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

The Magic – “Mr. Hollywood”

"Mr. Hollywood" is the debut single from the Magic, a group that consists of Islands brothers Geordie and Evan Gordon, who hail from Guelph, Ontario…
Corban Goble | April 27, 2012 - 10:37 am

Islands – “Hallways” Video

In the video for Islands’ jumpy, jittery quasi-pop song “Hallways,” frontman Nick Thorburn is surprised to find himself singing for a band of marionette skeletons,…
Tom Breihan | February 23, 2012 - 10:10 am
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