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).
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 »