Seattle folk outfit Fleet Foxes have recorded the year's most beautiful album with Helplessness Blues (out May 3), landing them on the cover of SPIN's May issue. For the photo shoot, Dan Martensen traveled to the band's hometown to capture them in their element: Bear Creek Studios, where frontman Robin Pecknold and Co. recorded part of the record.
"It's this thrown-together bohemian cabin and I dove right into their habitat," Martensen says. "The photos have a behind-the-scenes vibe. This is Fleet Foxes in their foxhole."
Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has won twice. After a hell of an '80s run, he spent the '90s in Hollywood and released distracted albums before 2003’s superb Population Me marked his return. The revelation was 2012’… More »