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 2020 New Music Releases
Month gets off to a fast start before settling in for the traditional long winter's nap.
Top 80 John Lennon Songs
The Beatles star was slow to reveal himself. Once he decided to get real, however, the floodgates opened.
Led Zeppelin Finally Appear to Have Won ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case
U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear arguments, leaving in place a lower-court ruling that found no copyright infringement.
20 Years Ago: Radiohead Completely Deconstruct Rock With ‘Kid A’
Gone were the conventional verse-chorus-bridge structures of their earliest successes.
Bon Jovi Doesn’t Shy Away From Criticism Over Political ‘2020’
New album was ready for release when the quarantines began, giving the band plenty of time to rethink tone and content.
Rod Stewart Covered Tom Petty, but He Wasn’t Really a Fan
His update of a 'Wildflowers'-era leftover reached the Top 10 on the adult-contemporary chart in 1995.
Listen to Cheap Trick Cover David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’
Band again turns to history for inspiration.
Doobie Brothers Send Bill Murray Hilarious Letter in Song Dispute
They're claiming copyright infringement over the use of "Listen to the Music" in a commercial for golf clothing.
Who Wrote the Most Beatles Songs?
It's a rundown that promises a photo finish.
October 2020 New Music Releases
Latest edition of Record Store Day's RSD Drops offers another round of exclusive and limited-edition finds.
Pink Floyd Album Art: The Stories Behind 19 Trippy LP Covers
The images work to frame their impish humor, wild imagination, sharp commentary and flair for the absurd.
Record Store Day Returns With First of Three ‘RSD Drops’
A novel coronavirus changed everything this year, including this huge annual vinyl sale.