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.
Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour review: as sweet as it was calculated, Swift executes a near-perfect show
Bernard Zuel For 72,000 fans at ANZ Stadium, a polished Taylor Swift dished out an extended moment of ecstasy.
Picking the Swift posse
Bernard Zuel When Taylor Swift takes to the stage she likes to do it in the company of her talented and famous friends.
Trying to stay relevant
Bernard Zuel What happens when you take a break and find the world hasn't waited for you? Three artists with different approaches to timing find three different answers to the question of relevance.
This week's fresh sounds
Bernard Zuel We dive into new albums from Jaala, Eden Mulholland, Bring Me The Horizon, Ought and Josh Ritter.
Australian music's silver night
Bernard Zuel Forget Taylor Swift, if you can, for Perth and Tasmania ruled the world this year. The music industry's awards night reflected the domination of two independent Australian artists.
A yule-time Kylie
Bernard Zuel Raising Frank Sinatra from the dead and putting the disco into Christmas are all part of a regular day's work for Australia's biggest pop star at this time of year.
Pioneers finally return
Bernard Zuel Two of the most important names in the resurrection of that uniquely American mix of country, folk and blues, have not been sighted here in more than a decade.
Band, sweat and quiet tears
Bernard Zuel When the word genius is easily used for those we shout about, it's easy to forget the brilliance of the quiet ones.
Four new albums rated
Bernard Zuel, Matt Shea, Jake Cleland, John Shand Exploring pop, hip hop, rock and jazz.
Soothing the savage protest
Bernard Zuel When the protests got ugly, the police turned up the music. Was love all around or could you predict a riot?
First chance to hear in Australia
Bernard Zuel Dark, mysterious, art rock and funky, and only available here for now.
New sounds from your neighbourhood
Bernard Zuel We take new releases from King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, TQ, Mustered Courage, Robert Burke and Aine Tyrrell for a spin in our special all-Australian selection.
Bernard Zuel and Craig Mathieson From the international breakthrough of eight-time nominee Courtney Barnett to Tame Impala's warped psychedelia and Meg Mac's rise, it's been a great year for home-grown music.
The biggest album of the year
Bernard Zuel Going higher, louder and bigger than anyone else gives us more of everything. Just like Adele's favourite decade.
An unlikely star explored
Bernard Zuel A lyrical film about a singer who disappeared as mysteriously as he appeared, but left a body of work to be explored.
Classic pop/rock returns
Bernard Zuel ELO, is it them you're looking for?
Hall of Fame
Bernard Zuel Tina Arena wilts under pressure from no one any more as she enters the ARIA hall of fame.
Hilarious, smart, loud and all things rock'n'roll in this two hour show.
Bernard Zuel Were those audience members dressed in wigs, tights and aged hair-metal T-shirts serious? Hark people.
Three new albums
Jenny Valentish, Bernard Zuel, John Shand There's more to pop than big hooks and more to Texas than the blues.
Five fresh albums
Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Philadelphia Grand Jury, Neon Indian, Dan Kelly, Algiers and De la Motte for a spin.