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Watch Alden Penner And Michael Cera Debut Songs From Their Canadians-On-Mars Concept EP In Brooklyn

During Brooklyn’s Northside Festival earlier this month, founding member of the Unicorns Alden Penner played some of his new material. Penner’s upcoming EP, Canada In Space, is out next week via City Slang; it’s Penner’s second new release of the year following his earlier three-song JUNE 04 EP. We already knew Michael Cera was working… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 24, 2015 - 12:55 pm

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 City Of Quartz, a new solo album under his Nick Diamonds alias. We’ve posted “The Sting” and “Witch Window,” and now he’s shared a new one, “Bohemian Groove.” It’s the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

The Unicorns’ Alden Penner Announces New EP & Tour With Michael Cera

Canadian spaz-pop greats the Unicorns got back together for a few shows last year, and we still don’t know where their reunion will lead. But right now, band member Alden Penner is staying busy on his own. Earlier this year, he collaborated with the flinchy actor (and former Mister Heavenly bassist) Michael Cera on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 9:59 am

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 responsible behind the music for the hit podcast Serial. Prolific regardless of the facet he’s operating in, Thorburn has opted to assume his solo name Nick Diamonds for another solo… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

Alden Penner – “Meditate” (Feat. Michael Cera)

Canadian indie-pop trio the Unicorns broke up more than a decade ago, then reformed last year to support Arcade Fire and headline the Pop Montreal Festival. Right now, it’s still anybody’s guess whether they’ll perform in 2015. In the meantime, Unicorns member Alden Penner is releasing new music on his own in advance of a… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / January 22, 2015 - 1:00 pm

The Unicorns – “Let Me Sleep”

The Unicorns recently reunited to play some shows — their first in a decade — opening for Arcade Fire, and as we reported, those performances have been incredible. Timed with this is a reissue of their sole album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone, which comes with a handful of bonus tracks. We’ve… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 19, 2014 - 3:51 pm

TV Party: The Unicorns Talk I’m Alan Partridge

How old were you when the Unicorns broke up? It was ten years ago, so it would be your age minus ten. Oh my god. Were you even born yet? If you’re taking your age and subtracting ten and getting a number below zero, it’s unlikely that you were even alive during the period of… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / August 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

The Unicorns Reunion @ The Forum, Inglewood 8/1/14

What does one hope for in a reunion show? For the band you loved to be fossilized and perfectly preserved at the time of its demise, like an ancient bug in amber for thousands of years? A perfect copy of what they were in their glory days? Or perhaps it is preferable to have a… More »

By: Molly Bergen / August 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Thank Arcade Fire For The Unicorns Reunion

Arcade Fire have been so big for so long that it’s easy to forget they emerged from the same Montreal underground scene as long-dormant indie-pop quirk-masters the Unicorns, whose Nick Thorburn later went on to form the long-running Islands. In fact, as Thorburn points out in a new interview, the Unicorns actually took Arcade Fire… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm

The Unicorns – “Rocketship” (Daniel Johnston Cover)

After 10 years broken up, the Unicorns are finally back together and touring (and opening for Arcade Fire!), and though we have yet to hear any new original material, they’ve shared a cover of “Rocketship” by Daniel Johnston, one of four bonus tracks on the forthcoming digital reissue of their beloved Who Will Cut OurMore »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014 - 5:29 pm

The Unicorns Announce Reunion Shows Opening For Arcade Fire

Spazzed-out Montreal indie greats the Unicorns, who broke up in 2004, hinted at a possible reunion earlier this year, but when we reported it, frontman (and Islands mastermind) Nick Thorburn emailed us and told us not to get our hopes up. Well, get your hopes up; Unicorns are officially back together. They’ve got a TwitterMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014 - 11:56 am

The Unicorns Reunion Is On

UPDATE: Nick tells us in an email: “Don’t get your hopes up. We are talking right now but that’s as far as it’s gotten. We’ve talked about this kind of thing many times over the years and while it’s true that this is the furthest along it’s gotten, conceptually, it’s still just talk.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2014 - 11:59 am

Nick Diamonds Releases Free I Am An Attic LP

Lead Island, ex-Unicorn, present Mssr. Heavenly Nick Thorburn has made good on his years-old promise to gift us with a free album, despite wondering along the way (and even this morning) about its quality. He’s seemed genuinely uncertain, though after hearing the pretty pair of preview tracks we posted last winter (“Gone Bananas” and “UsedMore »

By: Amrit Singh / July 11, 2011 - 9:35 am

MSGVarsity Rips Off Unicorns

Yeah, good luck with this. We’ve seen lots of commercials ripping off indie bands lately (Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, etc). Now you can add Unicorns to that list. The Montreal band’s “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” shows up in this commercial for MSGVarsity, a TV channel that shows high school varsity sports games (and debates,… More »

By: jessica / March 23, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Islands Played Unicorns & Daniel Johnston Songs For Big Terrific’s Big Show @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There’s a comedy show here in Williamsburg that makes for really good Wednesday diversions. It’s called Big Terrific, it happens in the Cameo Lounge (which sits in back of the Loving Cup on N. 6th Street), there’s a special on all-you-can-drink High Life which is pretty disgusting/convenient, it regularly features all sorts of rising and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 5:53 pm

The ‘Gum Bowl: Photos Of The Tournament

Imagine getting a bunch of your favorite comedians and musicians into a bowling alley, telling them they were there for a good cause, then getting them liquored up and to talk trash on each other while throwing gutter balls for charity. Bring video cameras. And still cameras. Sit back and watch the madness unfold. Yesterday’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Stereogum & Videogum Present: The ‘Gum Bowl

Well this oughta be fun. A few things we love: Charity, bowling, music, and comedy. What we are doing about it: Combining all of them for a very special event. Stereogum and Videogum are partnering with the folks behind the Microsoft KIN to present the inaugural ‘Gum Bowl, bringing together so many of our favorite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Crayola Maintains Indie Cred With Unicorns Tune

As long as Crayola invents new ways to color, it looks like they’ll find more indie bands to pair with their product. It started with Animal Collective’s “Sweet Road” plug of Color Explosion markers, then went to Dan Deacon and his Glow Station. Here we are a year and change later and it’s the Unicor… More »

By: brandon / March 23, 2009 - 9:32 am

Clues (Ex-Unicorns + Ex-Arcade Fire) Prep Debut, Offer Sample, Go On Tour

More specifically, Alden Penner (aka Alden Ginger, aka not Nick Thorburn) and ex-Arcade Firer Brendan Reed plus other Montreal musicians Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner. Supposedly their live shows involve multiple drummers and “a bent Commodore 64,” but I haven’t seen it, so nothing’s verified. The group formed in 2007, laid low by… More »

By: brandon / November 3, 2008 - 1:24 pm

Of Unicorns And Caucuses

Things are a little quiet in the blogosphere today. Is everyone out celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? I sure am — I’ll have you know I have several black Friendsters.

I forgot to mention I braved the blizzard last Wednesday and went to the Unicorns show at Southpaw. The Unicorns are very… More »

By: Stereogum / January 19, 2004 - 12:26 pm