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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

CD: King Creosote - From Scotland with Love

That King Creosote’s latest album was indirectly commissioned as part of this week's Commonwealth Games celebrations immediately qualifies it as one of the more interesting musical pieces to be...

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CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Maybe they really just don’t make ‘em like they used to. The latest in 2014’s prestigious roll-call of bus-pass rockers is Judas Priest - back minus one original guitarist (relative youngster Richie...

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CD: Jon Allen - Deep River

If you're not familiar with Jon Allen, here's a few facts: he possesses a fine gravelly voice, and nimble fingers. More than anything, though, Allen has an uncanny knack for penning a good tune. He...

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Calling Festival, Clapham Common

First there was Hyde Park Calling, then it was Hard Rock Calling and now, re-located in Clapham, it’s just the Calling Festival (presumably the organisers thought Clapham Common Calling ...

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CD: David Gray - Mutineers

Few albums can evoke a period quite like David Gray’s White Ladder. The way this unofficial soundtrack to the year 2000 interwove acoustic guitars and drum machines even kicked off a decade-long...

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CD: Mastodon - Once More ’Round the Sun

Traditionally, reviewers of Mastodon albums employ the language of the avant-garde to describe the sophistication behind all that ear-splitting noise. Recently, however, their sound has changed. The...

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CD: Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

According to Chrissie Hynde's press release, Stockholm has a kind of Abba-meets-John Lennon vibe. That may seem like the kind of gobbledegook statement you'd expect from an artist going solo but at...

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Emmylou Harris, Brighton Dome

Sometimes it feels as though modern music has lost its magic – that the more that's produced the more ordinary it seems. Last night, however, down the Bohemian end of one British seaside town, the...

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Drive-By Truckers, Shepherd's Bush Empire

“We're gonna hit the road harder than we've hit it in a long time… There's no bullshit going on.” So said Drive-By Truckers’ co-frontman Patterson Hood last February. From the grin he wore while he...

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CD: Fish - A Feast of Consequences

Back in the Eighties fans of Fish (of Marillion) considered his groovy wordbending to be art. Others begged to differ. Lloyd Cole and Atzec Camera-types would rubbish him as a slightly preposterous...

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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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