Every year, an hour west of London, 80,000 music fans gather for the Reading Festival, one of the most legendary annual events on the summer concert circuit, and this weekend's edition boasted another lineup of heavy-hitters, from indie heroes like Arcade Fire and Phoenix, to pop-punkers Paramore and Blink-182 (above), to British rockers the Cribs and a just-reunited Libertines.
Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »