London-based sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow, who trade under the name 2:54, released their debut album last week.
From Saturday, The Independent will include an indispensable new guide to arts and culture, Independent Radar.
'People might think it's a maternal connection, but I see her in a more romantic way'
R.E.M's 15th album could trade places with almost any of the previous 14.
Kevin Shields' first sustained original work since My Bloody Valentine's last record, 1991's Loveless, is entirely in the service of Patti Smith's long poem in memory of her early lover, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of Aids.
She fell silent when her husband died. But at 61, Patti Smith is back – in an intimate documentary about her remarkable life.
The stuff comes out of her without filter, not so much stream of consciousness as unconscionable torrent: crossness, self-pity, indignation, wit, vision, witchy vituperation, vivid regret, terror.
Dead Air is the nom de disque of Rainy Orteca, the guitarist whose stints with the likes of Lou Reed, Joan Osborne and Antony & The Johnsons led to her current position as Joan Wasser's right-hand gal in Joan As Policewoman.