Bernard Zuel

Bernard Zuel

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.


John Murry should talk less and let the songs shine

Bernard Zuel A bit too much talk when the songs have the best stories

Gig etiquette

Kate Bush plea: Put that phone down, you're missing the show

Is it asking too much to refrain from taking photos on a mobile phone during a gig?

Bernard Zuel Kate Bush wants fans not to film during her concerts. Is she asking too much? Is she too late?

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Mullum Music Fest

The holy and the riff raff headline this year's Mullum Festival

Bernard Zuel Rock, Americana, funk and French all part of the Mullum Festival lineup this year

Songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke rises to 'scary" opera challenge

Kate Miller Heidke

Bernard Zuel Singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke enjoys testing herself and leapt at Opera Australia's The Rabbits project.


Meredith music festival 2014: Leave your feathers at home

Bernard Zuel A 'no dickheads' policy at Meredith bans offensive behaviour including wearing Native American headwear.

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Troye Sivan's EP shows he may be more than a one hit wonder

Troye Sivan.

Bernard Zuel With a second iTunes hit, this time at number one, and recent worldwide chart debuts for an EP which has only come out today, Australian teenager Troye Sivan may be about to transcend the tag of...

The Shortlist album reviews: August 15-21

Gorgeously minimal: They Want My Soul by Spoon.

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Spoon, the Forrest McDonald Band, Tiny Hearts and King Creosote for a spin.


Why listening to Guy Pearce's music could get you laughed at in traffic

Guy Pearce

Bernard Zuel Actor turns singer. Yes, another one. Guy Pearce isn't the first and he isn't the worst.

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Angus and Julia Stone: Putting the numb into number one

Angus and Julia Stone .. looking happy at number one but is it too boring?

Bernard Zuel It's the biggest selling album in Australia this week and it's dull.


Albert Productions, the label behind AC/DC, rocks up 50 years

Loyal: Albert Productions, the label of AC/DC, backed them from day one.

Bernard Zuel Albert Productions, the record label behind AC/DC, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats and so many more, have shaped Aussie rock by backing their signings to the hilt.

CD reviews: Rodrigo and Gabriela, Lorin Maazel, Angus & Julia Stone

Acoustic Latin rockers: Rodrigo and Gabriela.

John Shand, Barney Zwartz, Bernard Zuel This week's CD reviews run from Latin Rock to classical to pop.

CD Reviews: Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams, Gaslight Anthem

Smooth: Jenny Lewis' third solo album, Voyager, displays an unaffected but personal delivery.

Bernard Zuel Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams and Gaslight Anthem have something in common: they are at the halfway point between comfortable career and precarious existence, between purely commercial and ideologically...


I Love Rock'n'Roll: Jake Hooker, 61, dies but his song lives on

Jake Hooker.

Bernard Zuel The song which reignited Joan Jett’s career began life as a B-side for a little remembered Anglo-American rock band of the mid ‘70s.

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Leave Keira Knightley alone: The Begin Again star isn't the only actress-singer who can't really sing

Only a bit wavery: Nicole Kidman with Ewan McGregor in <i>Moulin Rouge</i>.

Bernard Zuel Keira Knightley has copped stick for playing a singer despite not having a great singing voice, but she's far from the first, or the worst.


Doc Neeson's last recording finds him walking in the rain

<i>Walking in the Rain</i> ... Doc Neeson's last studio recording gets released.

Bernard Zuel There's a chance for one more hit for the Angels' Doc Neeson, two months after his death.

inthemix names Flume the most influential person in dance music

Flume: The most influential person in Australian dance music.

Bernard Zuel Barely into his 20s and with one album behind him, Sydney producer Flume has been named the most influential person in Australian dance music.


Stereosonic gives official nod to ticket scalping

Ticket scalping OK'd by Stereosonic festival.

Bernard Zuel You can sell your unwanted festival tickets for as much or as little as you want with the approval of organisers.

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It was Jenny Lewis' pop songs which kept her up at night, not a baby

Jenny Lewis: ''When you're a ginger, you're a walking target.''

Bernard Zuel Neither mother nor pop star, Jenny Lewis writes about American life brlliantly

Kate Miller-Heidke expands her horizons

Songwriter for hire: Kate Miller-Heidke enjoys writing for others as well as herself.

Bernard Zuel Four albums in and Kate Miller-Heidke is not just comfortable writing and performing but is growing more confident as a songwriter for hire.


Splendour in the Grass review: the young and the reckless

Lily Allen performs on stage at Splendour In the Grass 2014.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel If Splendour In The Grass 2014 were a movie, it would probably be The Year (before) My Voice Broke.