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.

Sydney's best ever gigs

Sydney's 10 best ever gigs from Cold Chisel and Divinyls to Kylie and INXS

The original INXS.

Bernard Zuel Some of the greatest musical moments this city has seen.

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Alt.country gems

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tift Merritt review: The other side of Americana

Not Texan or male - still quality: Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel This pair brought country, soul, folk and something in between.

Who was at the Last Stand?

Cold Chisel take another Last Stand for Sydney Entertainment Centre's final shows

He was there and has the T-shirt: Cold Chisel (from left) Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Prestwich and Phil Small, during the Last Stand tour.

Bernard Zuel Big claims, last stands and fond farewells at a world famous room.

New Cold Chisel album

A new Cold Chisel album tops off a busy year

Cold Chisel: New music and more shows at an old venue.

Bernard Zuel One more Entertainment Centre show and one more (at least) record.

Teenage kicks: The Strypes get hard lessons from Arctic Monkeys

Yes, it's rock: The Strypes (from left) Peter O'Hanlon, Ross Farrelly, Evan Walsh and Josh McClorey.

Bernard Zuel The Strypes' retro-feel is fast disappearing, and guitarist/songwriter Josh McClorey is OK if that means that some of the older crowd might move on.

More shows by the harbour

Tame Impala join Florence and Chet Faker on the Opera House forecourt

Singer Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.

Bernard Zuel We might be calling it RockVember as three big acts set up on the harbour's most famous spot in November.

I predict a riot

The late late show of Guns N' Roses gets another spin

Axl Rose

Bernard Zuel There was tardy, there was very very late and then there was Axl Rose.

Fresh new music reviewed

New album reviews: Lindi Ortega, Quarter Street and Szymon

Bernard Zuel A talent cut short, new Latin sounds from Melbourne and fresh, sharp country with a touch of the '70s.

Country soul hospitality

Tift Merritt's southern hospitality offers sensual songs and soup

Y'all come in for dinner: Tift Merritt, hostess and singer.

Bernard Zuel The only thing Tift Merritt does to excess, it seems, is generosity. The last time we spoke, the country soul singer made a blanket invitation to visiting Australians in New York to drop in for soup.

The Basics: The Age of Entitlement

Bernard Zuel The Basics aim at a lot of targets in this album, but none actually land.

Swiping beats listening

How sex is killing the live music scene thanks to Tinder and Grindr

Concert scene.

Bernard Zuel Clubs and bars aren't the favoured spot for hook-ups any more and music is suffering.

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Sharp words over mining

Waleed Aly shuts down Steve Price on The Project over 'greenies'

Waleed Aly delivers his verdict on the five times the system let Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran down.

Bernard Zuel Was the Price right or just grumpy?

Just being Miley

Miley Cyrus says being Hannah Montana made her hate her body

Miley Cyrus

Bernard Zuel The Wrecking Ball singer has a theory on why girls, stars or not, are still asking am I not pretty enough?

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Oops!

Hunger Games: Expletive revealed in new Mockingjay - Part 2 poster

What did you say? Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the final <i>Hunger Games</i> instalment.

Bernard Zuel A new poster promoting the final instalment in the Hunger Games franchise has been removed after it was seen to include a four-letter profanity.

Classic rock lives

Holy Holy find classic rock the best revenge

Bernard Zuel Doing old fashioned rock in new fashion ways is working for this tri-state band.

Middle-aged blues

Review: Josh Pyke, Shane Nicholson and James Reyne - white man's dreaming

Bernard Zuel What happens if you rule the world but no one wants to know your troubles?

Heartland pop songs

James Bay review: Standing room only for rising UK star but empty head space

That crowd is following me - James Bay is filling rooms with ease, but isn't touching hearts.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel He's got the hits and the crowds, now he needs the depth.

Live music

A $16 billion riff: live music earns triple what it costs Australia

Fear Factory fans.

Bernard Zuel Live music is good for the country says new research.

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Whose idea is it?

Marvin Gaye's family claim makers of TV show Empire stole their idea

Bernard Zuel An Empire state of mind. But whose mind?

Know your product

Sony Pictures talks up Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead, but isn't sure who he is

Master class: A David Redfern portrait of Miles Davis.

Bernard Zuel Is that a trumpet in your hand or are you just happy to be in pictures?

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