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).
Indie rock’s favorite merry prankster — the Bizkit-covering, self-violating, gap-toothed, boy-king Mac DeMarco — has another collection of chewy guitar-pop treats to share. And for his next trick: normalcy. The Canadian-born and New York-based songwriter has always played harder with sincerity on record than his public persona would suggest; he’s growing up, getting… More »