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Russ Coffey

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Russ directed the award-winning documentary Hookers For Jesus and has also written on serial killer Dennis Nilsen, the Church of Scientology and been a contemporary music critic for the Daily Telegraph and The Times.

Articles by Russ Coffey

theartsdesk Q&A: Eels' frontman Mr E

Mark Oliver Everett, AKA Mr E, is the voice and brain behind US alt-rock heroes, Eels - a band that has been described as "frank, thunderous, and unusually uplifting”. That's some achievement given...

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CD: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

In the five or so years since Paolo Nutini’s last release, the profile of the tousle-haired Scotsman has hardly diminished. Ladies, of all ages, continue to find his raspy voice seductive whilst his...

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Celebrating Jon Lord, Royal Albert Hall

Jon Lord may have tickled his last ivory in 2012, but last night his spirit lived defiantly on. The great and the good from both heavy and contemporary music gathered in his memory. It was for a...

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CD: Wilko Johnson/ Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Talk about not going gentle into that good night. In the year or so since Wilko Johnson announced he had terminal cancer, he has stunned doctors and fans alike by giving a string of blistering...

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CD: Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything

They've been indie and they've been (quite) pop, but this time the band has firmly nailed its colours to the art-rock mast. The Take Off and Landing of Everything is a subtle, reflective...

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CD: Mike Oldfield - Man on the Rocks

After years of similar-sounding instrumental albums many Oldfield fans may have been expecting Tubular Bells 4 this time round. But his return to the Virgin label starts with a more intriguing...

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Limp Bizkit and Friends, 02 Academy, Brixton

Other than for die-hard fans, expectations for this Limp Bizkit tour have been, well, pretty limp. Nu-metal has been on the wane for years, and Limp Bizkit have aged the worst. Small wonder: surely...

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CD: Beck - Morning Phase

One of the unwritten rules of pop music is that a surfeit of talent doesn’t necessarily lead to the most affecting tracks. The rhythmic complexity of Beck’s 2008 opus Modern Guilt, was, for instance...

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Lloyd Cole and the Leopards, Shepherd's Bush Empire

Last night Lloyd Cole arrived on stage with a similar suede-and-corduroy air to that of his Eighties college-rock hits. Yet something was different. Over the last few years he has developed a real...

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Video Exclusive: Judith Owen's Ebb & Flow

Judith Owen has form for hanging around with the hairiest of musicians. Her husband is, of course, one Harry Shearer AKA Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls. Lately, however, Owen has been hanging out with a...

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Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

As fans of Dylan’s Bootleg series will testify, “odds and ends” albums may require a small modification of expectations. High Hopes falls into a similar category: it’s a collection of 12 re-...

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Album of the Year: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

“Maybe I needed to grow up a little first/ Well it looks like I hit a growth spurt”. So goes MMLP2’s opening track and over the course of the next hour it becomes apparent this is no idle brag. The...

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Sinéad O'Connor, Royal Festival Hall

The words “breathe, breathe, pray, breathe” were written in 10-inch letters at her feet. She wore sunglasses to help with her shyness. But if O’Connor was struggling with the pressure of being up on...

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CD: Susan Boyle - Home for Christmas

Few were surprised this week, when Susan Boyle revealed she had been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Some used this knowledge as an opportunity to have another go at Simon Cowell's and his role in putting...

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CD: One Direction - Midnight Memories

Oozing like “liquefied sucrose,” whilst offering “a Ritalin-buzzed rictus of happiness” was how theartsdesk described One Direction’s 2012 offering, Take Me Home. That, however, was a year ago, and a...

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CD: Rebecca Ferguson - Freedom

Rebecca Ferguson’s first album, Heaven, blew in like a summer breeze in the freezing winter of 2011. What made the Liverpudlian’s debut stand out was not so much the quality of her voice – although...

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