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Islands Announce New Album and Tour Dates, Share Video for New Song “Life’s a Joke”

And That’s Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs Due Out August 25

Jun 21, 2023

Canadian indie rock band, Islands, have just announced the release of their new studio album And That’s Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs, and shared a music video for their new song, “Life’s a Joke.” More

May 13, 2021

After five years in the making, Islands are releasing their long-awaited new album, Islomania, on June 11 via Royal Mountain. More

Islands Share New Song “Set the Fairlight”

Islomania Due Out June 11 Via Royal Mountain

Apr 15, 2021

Islands are releasing their first new album in five years, Islomania, on June 11 via Royal Mountain. Now they have shared another song from it, “Set the Fairlight.” More

Watch: Islands - “The Weekend” Video

Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? Both Out Now via Manqué Music

May 19, 2016

Islands just released two new albums on the same day, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, both via Manqué Music. Now the band has shared a video for Taste track “The Weekend.” Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979 directed the clip, which was shot on an iPhone in Bogotá and Santa Marta, Colombia. Watch it below, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Apr 02, 2014

Despite having just released Ski Mask last fall, Islands’ Nick Thorburn recently premiered a new song on Exclaim! TV. More

Listen: Islands - “Hawaii”

New Album Ski Mask Out Now

Dec 16, 2013

Earlier this fall Montreal pop group Islands’ released their brand new album Ski Mask. More

Sep 17, 2013

This week and next sees the release of a number of notable new albums. More

Islands Announce New Album, “Ski Mask”

Share First Single, "Wave Forms"

Jul 09, 2013

Islands have announced the release of their fifth studio album, Ski Mask. More

Watch: Island - “Hallways” Video

Playing the Graveyard Shift

Feb 23, 2012

In the video for his track “Hallways,” featured on his latest album A Sleep & A Forgetting, Islands frontman Nick Thorburn takes on his toe-tapping piano pop tune with a backing band of skeletons. More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar‘s Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83, The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including Beirut, Anna Calvi, EMA, Florence and the Machine, Gang Gang Dance, Neon Indian, PJ Harvey, R.E.M., SBTRKT, Slow Club, St. Vincent, Summer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Listen to New Islands Song, “This Is Not a Song”

From Forthcoming Album, A Sleep & A Forgetting Out February 14

Dec 05, 2011

Islands has been quiet since the release of their last album, Vapours in 2009. With a new album set to release on February 14 via ANTI-, the band has released the first single from A Sleep & A Forgetting, and it’s confusingly called “This Is Not a Song.” More

Sub Pop Signs Mister Heavenly, Featuring Members of Modest Mouse, Islands, and Man Man

Supergroup Announces Album, Tour Dates with Passion Pit

Nov 29, 2010

Nick Diamonds of indie rock outfits Islands and Unicorns, Man Man’s Honus Honus, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse fame have teamed up to form Mister Heavenly. The trio have just signed to Sub Pop, with an album due in 2011 and tour dates with Passion Pit in the works. More

Enter to Win Tickets to Sunset Junction

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Aug 06, 2009

Subscribe or Renew between August 5th and August 20th and enter to win A PAIR OF TICKETS* to Sunset Junction in Los Angeles on August 22-23rd! (*No hotel or airfare provided.) The line-up includes Conor Oberst & The Mistic Valley Band, Built to Spill, Islands, Local Natives, and others. More

Islands Unveil Album Artwork, Fall Tour

Pass That Vicks® VapoRub®!

Jul 27, 2009

You’re staring at the steamy cover for the new Islands longplayer, Vapours, coming out September 22nd on ANTI-. More

Islands’ Ready Third LP For September 22nd

Former Islands/Unicorn Member Jamie Thompson Is Back!

Jun 20, 2009

Montreal’s Islands have already made two albums of schizophrenic pop music and on September 22nd, Anti- will release their third musical hallucination, Vapours. Of course, the latest Islands’ full-length comes at us from the adventurous mind of former Unicorn and current Human Highway hombre, Nick Thorburn, aka Nick Diamonds. More


2016 Artist Survey: Nick Thorburn of Islands

Thorburn on 2016's Best Albums, Trump, Memorable Fan Encounters, First Kisses, and Scary Movies

Feb 14, 2017

For Under the Radar‘s 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. More


Jun 18, 2021

Considering the fractious circumstances surrounding the breakup of The Unicorns—the project which made way for the formation of Islands in 2005—you could hardly have blamed Nick Thorburn for quietly putting his main musical focus out to pasture. That’s exactly what happened once the Montréal band released a pair of polar opposite records in 2016. More