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 2023 New Music Releases
Recent months have been defined by box sets and expanded reissues – but this one is different.
40 Years Ago: A Black Rock Icon Shapes David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’
Hint: It wasn't Nile Rodgers.
How Rock Music Was Reshaped on the Morning of 9/11
The tragedy cast a long shadow on the rock world and, in the days that followed, that shadow only lengthened.
40 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Breaks in America but Hates It
He wanted a hit. That is until he got one.
33 Famous Rock Star Mug Shots
Are you really a rock star if you haven't been arrested?
Rolling Stones Album Ad Details Confirmed by UK Newspaper Editor
Their last album of original material dates back to 2005's 'A Bigger Bang.'
45 Years Ago: Hall and Oates Turn a Corner on ‘Along the Red Ledge’
The gold-selling LP showed where the duo was headed – but they weren't quite there yet.
Joni Mitchell’s ‘Archives Volume 3′ to Focus on Classic ’70s Era
Change of scenery to British Columbia's Sunshine Coast provided new inspiration after 1971's 'Blue.'
45 Years Ago: The Police Break Out With ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’
And you thought it was "Roxanne"?
September 2023 New Music Releases
There are a few new LPs, but the month is dominated by massive reissues and intriguing live sets.
All 84 Eagles Songs Ranked Worst to Best
They made their legend in a veritable blink of an eye.
August 2023 New Music Releases
Alice Cooper offers some fresh material, while Neil Young dusts off some unreleased stuff.
Journey Co-Founder George Tickner Reportedly Dies at 76
He played on their self-titled debut and then contributed important songs to the next two LPs.
Most Disappointing Albums: More Than 100 Times Rock’s Biggest Bands Let Us Down
They aren't always an artist's worst record.
The Worst Song on Every Genesis Album
They were a band of many eras, with each of them capable of producing a real stinker.
John Mellencamp, ‘Orpheus Descending': Album Review
Determination and hope from the best of his turn-of-the-2010s material return.
July 2023 New Music Releases
Look for a pair of key live dates, some star-studded projects and the latest from one of the heirs to rock's throne.
1972’s Best Rock Albums
Over the course of a strikingly diverse 12-month period, these bands hit upon just the right mixture of creativity, gumption and timing.
Why the Doobie Brothers Are Covering Steely Dan’s ‘Pretzel Logic’
Patrick Simmons talks to UCR about how Tom Johnston's absence has impacted their set list.
The Worst Song From Every Eagles Album
Each LP made room for that one inherently skippable track.