Arts and Entertainment Will.i.am onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.

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You write the reviews: Elvis Costello, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

This concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was one of only two shows that Elvis Costello will perform in the UK this year. He has been spending most of his time recently recording the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... and scoring the Twyla Thorpe ballet Nightspot for the Miami City Ballet. His latest "rock" album, Momofuku, meanwhile, has received some the best reviews of his career.

Album: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Momofuku (Lost Highway)

Recorded as an offshoot of sessions for a Rilo Kiley album, Momofuku has an impromptu quality lacking in Elvis Costello's more considered recent work. Rattling from style to style as Costello aims at one target after another, there's a brusque impatience about the album, which in some cases transfers to the listener: frankly, it's hard to raise two hoots of interest in songs like the McCartneyesque trifle "Mr Feathers", the schematic "Stella Hurt" or the melodrama "Go Away".

Album: Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Momofuku, (Mercury)

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He's newly married to the jazz singer Diana Krall, celebrating his 50th birthday and about to release his best album in years. And, admits the sardonic Elvis Costello, he is finally happy. But Craig McLean soon discovers it's perhaps best not to mention Britain ('insignificant'), critics ('patronising') or ex wives ('I can't live in the past')

Woodward determined to regain honour

It might be reasonable to assume that England would rather be anywhere but here today, to borrow one of Elvis Costello's more celebrated lyrics. Reasonable, but wrong. According to Clive Woodward, the World Cup-winning coach and long-time believer in the contrary approach to life, his ailing team are both relieved and delighted to be facing a rampant new set of All Blacks for the second week running. "We need more of this kind of thing, not less," he pronounced, on the eve of his seemingly thankless visit to Eden Park.

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