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.

Vivid Festival 2015: Future Classic future proof the Opera House

Bernard Zuel A decade of groundbreaking electronic music will be marked on the harbour shores.

Sex and electronics

Daniel Johns review: Contradictions make for a sensual blend of man and machine

Daniel Johns.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Not perfect but entrancing first outing for a new version of the one time front man for Silverchair.

Shortlist reviews: Eilen Jewell, Lazy Eye, June Low, Gang of Youths, Black Cab

Gang Of Youths: <i>The Positions</i>.

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Eilen Jewell, Lazy Eye, June Low, Gang Of Youths and Black Cab for a spin.

The Darkness have the riffs, the jokes and the Viking hordes

Bernard Zuel This time the pop-metal parody comes with heavy-duty quality.

Protests against Iggy

Thousands demand Iggy Azalea be stripped of her Billboard awards in petition

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Recording artist Iggy Azalea attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Bernard Zuel Is it timing or racism or talent that has led to a petition attacking the Australian rapper?

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Rock at the footy

Cold Chisel to play the rugby league grand final and Hanging Rock

Cold Chisel will play the National Rugby League grand final.

Bernard Zuel Rock at the Rock and at the footy for a legendary band.

Not so vivid

Morrissey review: Sometimes the world really is full of crushing bores

Celebrated English miserablist Morrissey, former lead singer of the iconic Smiths, is to play four nights at the Sydney Opera as headliner for Vivid 2015.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Where were the best songs? Not on this setlist.

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Guy Sebastian told 'Forget Australia, the world's your oyster'

Success: Guy Sebastian at the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Bernard Zuel Avoid the tall poppy syndrome and go where the action is.

Emmylou Harris and her eternal partnerships

Emmylou Harris (right) and her most recent collaborator, Rodney Crowell.

Bernard Zuel The great collaborator has a new/old partner in song.

Path to success

What Guy Sebastian must do next to make the most of Eurovision

Platform: Guy Sebastian's Eurovision entry has won him international exposure.

Bernard Zuel Building on the publicity splash will take a lot more hard work for Australia's first Eurovision entrant.

Lauryn Hill and Miguel to join Soulfest 2015

Lauryn Hill

Bernard Zuel Festival gets a boost, rock bloke goes solo and ska returns.

Softly softly no more, Melody Gardot turns up the volume and the groove

Melody Gardot.

Bernard Zuel The musical accents not the only thing to change for a singer who once only sang softly.

Sufjan Stevens review: Finding great joy from great sadness

Sufjan Stevens

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel It was simple but it was transforming.

CD reviews: Bernie McGann, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Rogers and the Bamboos

The Rules of Attraction.

Bernard Zuel Old jazz, new jazz soul, happy sad pop and a rock voice joins a funk band.

Daniel Johns finds his voice

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Bernard Zuel The singer songwriter talks to Bernard Zuel about his new album Talk, and the thread behind some of the tracks, revealing he couldn't have expressed some of its content outside a song format.

Daniel Johns' Talk review: a new musical home post-Silverchair

Daniel Johns.

Bernard Zuel  The new sound may shock but Daniel Johns has been building to this for years.

Shortlist album reviews: Infinity Broke, Elodie, Moon Duo, Bernie Hayes and Mew

Elodie: Silent Bridge

Bernard Zuel We take new releases fromInfinity Broke, Elodie, Moon Duo, Bernie Hayes and Mew for a spin.

Hermitude review

Hermitude review: Dark Night Sweet Light sounds like a No. 1 album

Bernard Zuel A fifth album could be the first No. 1 for the Australian Music Prize winners from the Blue Mountains.

No rapper's delight

Jay Z 'used me' says performance artist Marina Abramovic

Jay Z.

Bernard Zuel Did one of the biggest names in entertainment break his promise to an artist whose work he copied?

Hair metal farewell

Motley Crue review: struck dumb by a man called Alice

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Upstaged in their farewell, a hair metal lesson is learned.