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.

Protege turned mentor

The many lives of Conor Oberst, boy wonder turned grand old man of folk rock

Bernard Zuel Almost without us noticing, Conor Oberst has already had a career three or four times longer than your average musician.

CD reviews: Ryan Bingham, Robin Williamson, Imagine Dragons, Haydn's Masses

Stolid pop rock: Imagine Dragons.

Bernard Zuel, Barney Zwartz, John Shand CD reviews: Imagine Dragons' fire-breathing pop rock.

Bruised ego

Kanye West apologises to Beck over Grammy Awards 2015

Beck watches Kanye West, who pretended to take the stage after Beck won album of the year at the Grammys.

Bernard Zuel Kanye West says sorry to Beck on Twitter after his impertinent and widely mocked 'intervention' at the Grammy Awards.


Foo Fighters review: This great live band rocks ANZ Stadium in Sydney

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel It may not look like anything special but a Foo Fighters show never fails to thrill.

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Rufus Wainwright on the eight songs that defined him

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Bernard Zuel A retrospective tour finds the piano-playing songwriter in a reflective mood as he picks the key songs of his career

Album reviews: Jessica Pratt, Machine Macine, David Lee Kendall and Hammerhead

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Jessica Pratt, Machine Machine, David Lee Kendall and Hammerhead for a spin.

Nominations list

Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett watch Sia Furler, Sheppard vie for APRA award


Bernard Zuel Having three or even two songs on the shortlist for the APRA Awards' song of the year has not helped either Chet Faker and Courtney Barnett make it to the nominations list for the prestigious award.

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Being bedside

Bobby Brown's tour of Australia postponed after Bobbi Kristina Brown hospitalised

Entertainer Bobby Brown, right, stands outside of Emory Hospital in Atlanta where his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is being treated,

Bernard Zuel R&B singer Bobby Brown has postponed his tour of Australia til May as he focuses on the life-threatening medical condition of his daughter.

Star power

Megan Washington review: She's bloody (and glittery) marvellous

Look over there: Megan Washington finds pop gold

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Star quality overcame sound problems like song quality overcame radio indifference

Music reviews: Rumer, Blow and more

Presence by Blow

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Shortlist album reviews: Marcus Holden, Rhys Muldoon, Super Raelene Bros and The Funky Side of Goldband

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Marcus Holden, Rhys Muldoon, Super Raelene Bros and The Funky Side of Goldband for a spin.

Getting domestic with First Aid Kit's Klara Soderberg

Bernard Zuel First Aid Kit, the best Swedish folk rock band with two sisters and a hankering for a mythical American landscape, aren't strangers to Australia.

Motley Crue announce final tour of Australia

Motley Crew performing at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium in 2013.

Bernard Zuel Mötley Crüe, the umlaut-sporting hair metal band better known these days for a hilariously disgusting, or disgustingly hilarious, biography called Dirt, have announced a farewell tour of...


Lou Reed hated the Doors, didn't rate the Beatles but liked himself

Lou Reed may have died in 2013, but his thoughts on music are still circulating.

Bernard Zuel An old interview that recently surfaced has revealed that, according to the Velvet Underground frontman, the Doors 'were just painfully stupid' and the Beatles were 'rubbish'.

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Gospel legend's farewell

A fresh page in the gospel according to Pops Staples

Bernard Zuel Mavis Staples knew there would be a right time to release the last recordings of her father, the gospel legend. That time is now.

Central Coast hillbillies

Kasey Chambers live review: It's on for young and old

As distinctively Nullabor-via-Gosford as ever: Kasey Chambers.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel The familiar given a fresh face for the country star.

Classic songbooks

Paul Simon and Sting live review: Better together and with less of the jazz

Polish and looseness: Sting and Paul Simon.

Bernard Zuel Paul Simon and Sting kicked off their show with verve, pleasure and a big, rich sound. However, Sting emerged as the more polished performer.

Reviewed: Bob Dylan, Public Service Broadcasting and more

The Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise

Bernard Zuel, John Shand The latest from Bob Dylan, The Microscopic Septet, Public Service Broadcasting and The Cellar and Point.

Hinds bring rock from the garages of Madrid

Hinds: Carlotta Cosials, Ana Perrote, Ade Martin, and Amber Grimbergen.

Bernard Zuel This Spanish quartet are on their first world tour before they've even released an album