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.
December 2021 New Music Releases
More awesome releases than usual mark this holiday season.
45 Years Ago: Queen Scale R&B Gospel Heights With ‘Somebody to Love’
No. 2 U.K. smash shared the layered complexity of "Bohemian Rhapsody" – but with a church pew-rattling soulfulness.
U2’s ‘Achtung Baby': A Track-by-Track Guide
Album provided a hard shove against whatever you thought you knew about the band.
Hear Unearthed Song Featuring George Harrison and Ringo Starr
Beatles stars stopped by Suresh Joshi's sessions while on a break from recording "Hey Jude."
50 Years Ago: Hiding Away Helps Led Zeppelin to Greatness on ‘IV’
Their best studio album is one that was, quite literally, the most lived in.
How Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’ Crushed on Joni Mitchell
Robert Plant said this song "might be a bit embarrassing at times lyrically, but it did sum up a period of my life when I was 22."
When Led Zeppelin’s ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ Took Hippies to Tolkien
Robert Plant longed for the freedoms of the rural Welch countryside – or, maybe, Middle-earth.
Bruce Springsteen to Release ‘Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts’
Full footage of the E Street Band's entire set has never been officially issued.
October 2021 New Music Releases
The month boasts five Fridays, making for an overstuffed slate of notable rock releases.
40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Rescue ‘Start Me Up’ From Obscurity
Nearly half a decade passed before they wisened up.