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.

Songbirds

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.

Music

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.

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.

Festival

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.

Gaslight Anthem go off the rails and Get Hurt

Ready to rock: Brian Fallon, second from left, and the band.

Bernard Zuel Fourteen years of hard graft, has seen New York band Gaslight Anthem's take on classic rock with a punk edge hit the mainstream reports Bernard Zuel.

Festival

Unexpected sun shines over Splendour In The Grass

Splendour in the Grass, 2014. Supplied

Bernard Zuel Fan were not going to let a small thing like the surprise presence of sun, warmth and dry change their Splendour In The Grass habits.

Splendour In The Grass 2014: In search of the next Lorde in the fields of Byron Bay

Could be her time: US singer Sky Ferreira will perform this year.

Bernard Zuel Names can be made and stardom predicted at the Splendour In The Grass music festival, the latest version of which is spread across three days in Byron Bay this weekend.

Clare Bowditch and Adalita conjure winter magic

Same but different: Clare Bowditch and Adalita Srsen are taking their musical differences on tour.

Bernard Zuel If there is going to be a bone of contention on the national tour being undertaken by Clare Bowditch and Adalita Srsen we are assured by one of the participants that it is not likely to be over their...

Hip-hop takes centre stage at National Indigenous Music Awards

Phillip Murray, aka Philly, winner of the triple j Unearthed NIMA for 2014.

Bernard Zuel Indigenous hip-hop emerged as a response to ''the poverty lifestyle'', says former Essendon AFL player and now record label boss Nathan Lovett-Murray, but it could provide the next Australian musical...

Album review

5 Seconds Of Summer's album has the knack for teen pop

5 Seconds of Summer.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel A debut album full of energy shows teenage pop isn't a dirty word in the hands of Australia's 5 Seconds Of Summer

Music

Pulling out of festivals over sickness can have viral consequences

Bernard Zuel Having the Presets replace the withdrawn London Grammar on the Splendour in the Grass bill this weekend may be seen as a good save.

Poll

Fairfax critics pick best albums of the year - so far

Has Jack White ever put a musical foot wrong?

Bernard Zuel Fairfax music critics from Melbourne and Sydney pick their best albums of the year. Check them out, buy them - but please don't download them for free!

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The Preatures glisten like thieves

relaxed Australiana: the Preatures channel history with Glee

Bernard Zuel This Sydney band dip into history for the future

Fiona Joy confronts her 'new age' tag

Classic: Irish singer Enya hit the big time with her ethereal music.

Bernard Zuel You should not call what Fiona Joy does new age music. That's old thinking says the pianist and composer. By Bernard Zuel.

Country twang from across the globe

Bernard Zuel Four women delve into country music, with albums that veer from the middle of the road to 'heading for the ditch'.

Record labels promise to play fair with artists

Singer Adele

Bernard Zuel Independent musicians are promised better treatment in the digital world.

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Lorde is not there yet but you can't take your eyes off her

Captivating: Lorde.

Bernard Zuel Gothic and compelling, Grammy-winning Lorde is still a work in progress