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 Farnham and Olivia Newton-John review: Bagpipes, hits and daggy dads

Bernard Zuel A collective 100 years of pop on one stage.

Short CD reviews: White Shadows, Alabama Shakes, Sensaround

Bernard Zuel Electro pop and improvisation from Australia, soul rock from the USA

Sad songs say so much for Sufjan Stevens, the Unthanks and Villagers

Conor O'Brien of Villagers.

Bernard Zuel New albums from Ireland, England and the USA tap into a well of sadness and beauty.

The magic that happens when Pnau and the Vines meet in a crowded studio

Craig Nicholls of White Shadows.

Bernard Zuel Over the top in the studio, serene pop on record. A collaboration between two Australian bands doesn't skirt excess, it revels in it.

Shortlist album and DVD reviews: And the Kids, the Cope Street Parade, Ryley Walker, Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl's <i>Sonic Highways</i>, featuring the Foo Fighters.

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways series, And The Kids, Cope Street Parade and Ryley Walker for a spin.

Old time fun

Pokey LaFarge review: Dressed up for swing, boogie-woogie and old-time fun

Pokey LaFarge

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel There's no great depression in the old school sounds of this middle American.

Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions review: sharing the limelight, spreading the love

Your host, Paul Kelly

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Sharing the stage and his songs, the great songwriter had plenty of people shining.

CD reviews: Dwight Yoakam and Tango Saloon

Tango Saloon, Suspicion.

Bernard Zuel, John Shand New releases by Dwight Yoakam and Tango Saloon reviewed.

What's in a name?

Is Black Sabbath over? Yes. No. Maybe

Sharon Osbourne may have goofed by announcing Ozzie Osbourne's band Black Sabbath will give a farewell concert in Japan.

Bernard Zuel There are mixed messages about a farewell concert for one of the giants of metal.

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Perry Keyes a master storyteller in a league of his own

Bernard Zuel You've got to love Sydney, its warts, beauty, football and heartbreak, says a great storyteller.

Album reviews: Lower Dens, the Prodigy, Super Best Friends, Song Fwaa, Kris Morris

The Prodigy: <i>The Day Is My Enemy</i>.

Anthony Carew, Bernard Zuel, Paul Smith, John Shand We take new releases from Lower Dens, the Prodigy, Super Best Friends, Song Fwaa and Kris Morris for a spin.

Double header

Alabama Shakes and Charles Bradley review: soul, sweat and selling power

Bernard Zuel Two hits of soul power from charismatic singers.

Northern Soul

Dancing your life away in a Northern Soul town

<i>Northern Soul</i> highlights the fact that gloom was not the only emotion up north.

Bernard Zuel Sweat, dance moves and style show that not everything was grim up north in this music-filled film

Pokey LaFarge's old-time music is more real than his name

Bernard Zuel Making the past sound like the present means a musical future for this young old timer.

Diana Krall - Wallflower

Bernard Zuel Occasionally, Diana Krall is more often seen, and is at her best, as a very fine jazz musician/singer and interpreter.

Future is past

Future Music Festival is over: It will not return in 2016, says Mushroom Group

A festival goer dances in the foam during the 2015 Future Music Festival in Sydney.

Melanie Kembrey, Peter Vincent and Bernard Zuel Under-performing ticket sales blamed for the the end of the Future Music Festival.

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If ya want my body...

Rod Stewart review: He's having at least as much fun as you are

Rod Stewart from 'The Hits Tour' in 2014. Photo supplied

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel The hits, footballs and brothel creepers - all you might want from a pop rock legend's show.

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Solo career

Noel Gallagher lost millions of dollars looking for a new oasis

Bernard Zuel Going solo doesn't come cheaply finds the man from Manchester who defined the 1990s.

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Annoying gig habits

Are selfie sticks about to be banned from music festivals?

Holding up your phone is now normal behaviour at gigs. A selfie stick takeover seems inevitable.

Bernard Zuel There's no need to stop at annoying selfie sticks when there are so many other annoying things at gigs to ban.

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Beach Boy Brian Wilson returns with Zooey Deschanel and Kacey Musgraves, among others

Optimistic: Brian Wilson.

Bernard Zuel No Beach Boys for Brian Wilson on this album but he's not flying this thing alone - expect some unexpected guests.