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Elvis Costello

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Bassist Gary Peacock refused to play with Elvis Costello (above) at a 2003 gig, angering his fans. Photo: AFP

On October 13, 2003, Konitz and his quartet were playing at Iridium on Broadway, one of New York's major jazz clubs, although Elvis Costello has since described it as "a shoddy little New York dive".

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 4:36pm

Blessed (CD) Lucinda Williams

Alternative country singer Lucinda Williams' Blessed is her 10th studio album. She deals with tough themes with a new maturity, but time hasn't changed her signature brooding tone.

The album opens on a typically ironic note with Buttercup, an attack on an ex. This first single features electric guitar, the rough sound working well against Williams' raw vocals.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

The Best of the First Ten Years

(Hip-O Records)

Elvis Costello is easily the most anthologised artist from the punk/new wave era with good reason.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Where the Mississippi meets the Mersey

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, most lovers of the city's music immediately began fretting about the uncertain fate of their favourite musicians.

I was particularly relieved when Allen Toussaint, who got out just in time, turned up shortly afterwards at the piano on the Late Show with David Letterman.

11 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Elvis Costello Live with the Metropole Orkest

Elvis Costello Live with the Metropole Orkest

My Flame Burns Blue

(Deutsche Gramaphone)

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Costello's aim is still true, so how about an encore

When Diana Krall played the Convention Centre a few months ago, a spare guitar was resting on a stand at one side of the stage, unused. Krall's husband and co-lyricist/composer Elvis Costello was in town, and the extra instrument hinted tantalisingly that he might play an encore.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Elvis Costello

King of America


By 1986, Declan McManus had tired of the new name in his passport, Elvis Costello, and the ambitions he once held for the persona. The poor response to his 1984 album, Goodbye Cruel World, confirmed that the stadiums many envisaged him filling would be left to Billy Joel.

22 May 2005 - 12:00am

Elvis Costello and The Imposters

Elvis Costello and The Imposters

The Delivery Man [Lost highway]

Elvis Costello and the London Symphony Orchestra

Il Sogno [Deutsche Grammaphon]

Elvis Costello suffers because we lack the talent to sing along with him. You don't hear Lan Kwai Fong bands covering Oliver's Army. Drunks don't touch Every Day I Write the Book.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Select private gig for Elvis Costello

It had been a well-kept secret but Deutsche Bank finally cracked under pressure from CitySeen and admitted that Elvis Costello was in town for one night yesterday to perform for its staff at a private function.

18 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Diana Krall

Diana Krall

The Girl in the Other Room


A mixed bag to say the least. With this album, Diana Krall begins to find an authoritative voice of her own on good original material, but unaccountably spends six of 12 tracks performing vastly inferior covers of songs that were definitively interpreted long ago.

25 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

North (Deutsche Grammophon)

Last year Elvis Costello gave us When I Was Cruel, an album that took fans back to his late-1970s soundtracks for jealous men. The song 15 Petals, however, showed more maturity. Each petal was 'for every year I spent with you ... I love you more than you know'.

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am