sat 20/12/2014

Russ Coffey

russ.coffey

Russ Coffey's picture
Bio
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: 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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

latest in today

theartsdesk at the Dubai International Film Festival

Few festivals involve such contrasts as Dubai's, where Emirati showboa...

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, BBC One

Musical novelty act just about justifies an hour's featherweight enter...

Widowers' Houses, Orange Tree Theatre

A timely revival of a timeless satire

DVD: The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Little comes as expected in Guillaume Nicloux’s wry, eccentric French comed...

Classical CDs Weekly: Jean Barraqué, Haydn, Mozart, Michael...

French modernism, classical piano concertos and a delectable collection of...

Serial Finale: Cul-de-Sacs and Curveballs

The gripping podcast ended on an inconclusive note, but the human drama was...

Big Eyes

Tim Burton's latest leaves you, well, wide-eyed

Un Ballo in Maschera, Royal Opera

Shining moments and star voices in mostly drab Verdi

Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice

Lashings of intrigue but poor pacing mars this pilot episode

We Made It: Factum Arte

Using 3D technology to revolutionise the way we care for cultural heritage