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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

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...

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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...

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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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CD: Anja McCloskey - Quincy Who Waits

She's never liked labels, but this time round Anja McCloskey’s categorisation as “alternative folk” really seems misleading. Sure, there may still be the prominent use of accordion and her unusual...

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10 Questions for singer Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula, despite her exotic-sounding name, is a quintessentially British artist. Not just because of where she comes from – Birmingham – but also how she stays humble and understated while...

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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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