Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.
Bernard Zuel Nick Murphy, aka Chet Faker, prefers it when his soul is on display.
Bernard Zuel Jeff Beck, one of the great names of English guitar, a man who walked in the same shoes - in the Yardbirds - as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page but forged his own sometimes fractious, but never-repeating...
Bernard Zuel In Look of Love, the biggest-sounding, most overtly accessible song on The Brink, an unashamedly accessible second album from Sydney band the Jezabels, there's lust among the airy guitars, soaring...
Bernard Zuel Don't worry, you aren't the only one seeing the name of Rodney Crowell's new album, Tarpaper Sky, and wondering what a tarpaper sky looks like.
Bernard Zuel Lindi Ortega's plans for the evening are being slightly delayed by this conversation. The part-Irish, part-Mexican singer of a kind of juiced-up old-school country is preparing to go out to watch an...
Bernard Zuel The pop phenomenon has a hands-on approach to her career.
Bernard Zuel What a bad week for lovers of red, red wine. If it wasn't enough that a bottle of the stuff ended the career of Barry O'Farrell, now a band which sang about it, UB40, has been accused of causing...
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Bernard Zuel AC/DC are as good an example of the changing face of Australia in the second half of the 20th century as any restaurant, coffee bar or car dealer's yard.
Caroline Zielinski and Bernard Zuel AC/DC may be announcing their retirement as soon as Tuesday, according to media reports. The famous rock band, which formed in 1973, is one of the most popular and highest-grossing bands of all time.
Bernard Zuel Jason Isbell and Tift Merritt
Bernard Zuel As with his mentor, inspiration and drinking companion Johnny Cash, there is something of the grand old man of music and letters about Kris Kristofferson these days.
Bernard Zuel As with his mentor, inspiration and drinking companion, Johnny Cash, these days there is something of the grand old man of music and letters about Kris Kristofferson.
Bernard Zuel Nick Murphy remains partially hidden in plain sight behind his impressive beard and the nom-de-production of Chet Faker.
Bernard Zuel Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega performs sad songs because they can make people feel better.
Bernard Zuel Rather than revelling in despair, Jason Isbell's latest album is about embracing adulthood and the responsibility that goes with it.
Bernard Zuel That Jason Isbell has made one of the most attractive sad records you'll hear in Southeastern might suggest someone revelling in despair. In fact, it's the opposite for the Alabama native.
Bernard Zuel Lorde may have her Grammy-award winning song Royals but that doesn't necessarily make her a fan of the kings and queens of Westeros.
Bernard Zuel Oh dear, poor London Grammar. The young English trio may be one of the most talked about groups in Britain but they may have been given the kiss of death.
Bernard Zuel I was asked a fair question during this show by someone who had left her near-death-with-lurgy bed on the northern beaches to be here: 'How could anyone be at this gig and not be happy?'
Bernard Zuel We recognise the ubiquity of the internet; the curiosity of those on it and the insatiable need to be constantly stimulated which supposedly marks the benighted generations.