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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

Future Islands, Roundhouse

It’s been just over a year since Future Islands’ Samuel T Herring famously gyrated, and chest-thumped his way through the band's latest single on American TV. The show was Letterman and the...

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CD: Laura Marling - Short Movie

The best singer-songwriters, you might say, survey life's experiences with a forensic eye. That’s certainly true of Laura Marling. Her new album Short Movie  chronicles the singer's recent...

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George Ezra, O2 Academy, Brixton

Well, the vocals were certainly formidable...but what else would you expect? As a teenager George Ezra says he would listen for hours to his dad’s Leadbelly albums, whilst gazing at sleeve notes that...

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CD: Scorpions - Return to Forever

The past few years have seen a glut of successful rock comebacks – in fact, acts like Judas Priest, Kiss and Saxon are rocking as hard now as they ever did. Unfortunately, for every group that has...

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CD: The Unthanks - Mount The Air

The Unthank sisters may be best known for hauntingly bleak songs about dead babies and bald women but, it turns out, they’re not just about misery. Nor are they afraid to experiment. Their latest...

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CD: Steve Rothery - The Ghosts of Pripyat

The more I listen to Steve Rothery the more convinced I am he possesses one of the fattest, juiciest guitar tones around. Indeed one could argue Rothery should be seen as one of the more interesting...

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Die Antwoord, O2 Academy Brixton

After three albums the question remains: is Die Antwoord more than a just a clever joke or is the act simply a caricature of South Africa’s trashy “Zef”-side? The guys and gal behind "Ninja and Yo-...

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Album of the Year: Beck - Morning Phase

Some say the albums that endure the longest are those that comfort us in our dark nights of the soul: LPs such as Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. So what’s an artist to do when...

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CD: Gemma Hayes - Bones and Longing

Since Gemma Hayes' Mercury nomination in 2003, the Irish singer-songwriter has largely experienced the familar indie fate of meagre commercial returns but increasing cult appeal. How appropriate then...

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CD: Simple Minds - Big Music

These days, it's not just those of a certain age who remember Simple Minds early days. Fans and critics alike have been reappraising the group's New Wave phase. The band too. Jim Kerr recently...

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CD: Yusuf/Cat Stevens - Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Every rock fan knows Cat Stevens' story: how, during the early Seventies, the son of a Greek café owner conquered the world’s charts with classics like “Wild World” and “Father and Son” but...

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CD: Billy Idol - Kings and Queens of the Underground

Online comments for the preview stream of Kings and Queens of the Underground have been disappointing. So poor, in fact, they could have you checking Mr Idol’s new autobiography, Dancing With Myself...

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Björk: Biophilia Live

From David Attenborough’s spoken introduction to the blonde, robed backing singers, Biophilia Live sees Björk in full experimental flow. Indeed, sometimes the film seems almost as if documenting...

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CD: Johnny Marr - Playland

According to Johnny Marr people with gigantic egos are generally miserable. Jokes about Morrissey aside, it follows Marr must be a pretty contented guy. For what other guitarist with his reputation...

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CD: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Over the years Weezer’s greatest skill has surely been to stimulate the inner schoolboy in us. Who, for instance, could deny hits like “Beverley Hills” paint a charming and cheeky picture of being...

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Kate Bush, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

Ms Bush walked on in a black, tasselled tunic with the slight air of an aging hippy. Her feet were bare and her tousled hair was half tied-back. And that – for anyone who had managed to avoid the...

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