Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
October 2022 New Music Releases
Beatles reissue arrives with new albums from the Cult, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Todd Rundgren and Skid Row.
35 Years Ago: Roger Waters Breaks Up ‘Radio K.A.O.S.’ to No Avail
Pink Floyd mastermind ended up releasing four singles from the LP but none charted.
Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Remix Wouldn’t Be Here Without Peter Jackson
Producer Giles Martin wasn't sure four-track-era LPs like this one could be properly reissued. Then came 'Get Back.'
45 Years Ago: Why Doobie Brothers Stumbled With ‘Livin’ on the Fault Line’
They suddenly had a blank canvas, with none of the biker-boogie band constraints from their early years.
September 2022 New Music Releases
New material from a pair of metal titans is joined by a long-delayed remix.
Motown Songwriting Legend Lamont Dozier Dies at 81
He helped shape popular music in the '60s with Brian and Eddie Holland.
Top 10 Jeff Porcaro Rock Songs Without Toto
Sense of feel and metronomic timing combined to create a foundation that perfectly matched any song he was handed.
Journey Albums Ranked Worst to Best
Some Journey lineups were respected but low-selling, while others were bestsellers who got critically ignored. But which one was best?
35 Years Ago: ‘The Lost Boys’ Resets the Vampire Genre
Joel Schumacher's film smashed Hollywood's tired Transylvanian tropes with a dirt biker's chortle.
55 Years Ago: Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games’ Stumbles, Despite Jimmy Page
There was freedom in the air. Just not in throwback producer Mickie Most's sessions.
30 Years Ago: George Harrison’s ‘Live in Japan’ Celebrates a Brief Return
Concert recording seemed to herald a new era for the typically reclusive former Beatle.
50 Years Ago: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Put It All Together on ‘Trilogy’
Album emerged from a period of recapitulation, like the classical music that informed so much of their work.