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.
55 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Finally Finds His Voice on ‘Up-Tight’
A song he cowrote, the first original to be released as a single, turned his fortunes.
May 2021 New Music Releases
Highlights include a long-awaited album from a first-timer and a long (really long, actually) player from a longtimer.
Toto Share ‘Till the End’ From Pending Live LP With New Lineup
Concert was recorded during a pay-per-view livestream performance in November.
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Announces New Memoir, ‘The Lives of Brian’
"I've gone from choirboy to rock 'n' roll singer," he says. "And now I've gone and written a bloody book about it."
April 2021 New Music Releases
Spring has sprung – at least in the aisles of your local record shop.
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.
March 2021 New Music Releases
Neil Young looks back, while members of the Beatles, Kiss and Iron Maiden offer new sounds.
35 Years Ago: Electric Light Orchestra Blow Apart on ‘Balance of Power’
The dark and downbeat album proved to be perfectly named.
Top 10 Secret Beatles Collaborations
Maybe they were trying to avoid hassles relating to label affiliations. Maybe they were just being silly.
February 2021 New Music Releases
This month quickly picks up steam before culminating with a signature last Friday overstuffed with new sounds.