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.
April 2021 New Music Releases
Spring has sprung – at least in the aisles of your local record shop.
How the Beatles Ditched Psychedelia With ‘Lady Madonna’
Fats Domino-inspired U.K. chart topper served notice that 1967's technicolor dream was over.
Lou Ottens, Inventor of the Audio Cassette, Dies at 94
"I got annoyed with the clunky, user-unfriendly reel-to-reel system," the Dutch engineer once admitted.
40 Years Ago: Billy Idol Leaves Generation X For Solo Stardom
He took their manager, their producer and their final single, which he remixed into a U.S. dance hit.
Tanya Roberts Confirmed Dead at 65 After False Initial Report
Roberts' death was confirmed following an earlier incorrect report.
How Rockers Remembered John Lennon in Song
They inevitably channeled grief over his murder into their craft.
December 2020 New Music Releases
Month gets off to a fast start before settling in for the traditional long winter's nap.
Top 20 Weirdest Beatles Songs
An intriguing pattern emerges, as Paul McCartney dominates this list.
Lindsey Buckingham Returns With an Exclusive Streaming Concert
He's been sidelined since early 2019 when a procedure damaged his vocal cords during open-heart surgery.
25 Years Ago: Pierce Brosnan’s ‘GoldenEye’ Revives James Bond
Was 007 even relevant in a post-Cold War age?