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'
Composed and recorded in London, Toronto, Prague and Abilene (Texas), with the involvement of a small host of worthy musos, most of whom have form with Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, British Sea Power and Patti Smith.
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.