When the four English lads of Mumford & Sons walked onstage at Coachella last month to play their winning acoustic ballads to more than 40,000 concertgoers, indie-rock's latest trend reached critical mass: The new Americana sound had become arena-friendly, chart-topping gold.
In SPIN's June issue, on newsstands now, we explore Americana music's unexpected commercial and cultural renaissance, and highlight the best artists in that homegrown retro scene, including Mumford, Steve Earle & Will Sheff of Okkervil River, the Felice Brothers, and the Civil Wars (clockwise, from top left).
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »