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.
30 Years Ago: How ‘Trompe le Monde’ Pointed to Pixies’ Split
They inspired countless bands then quickly vanished.
40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Rescue ‘Start Me Up’ From Obscurity
Nearly half a decade passed before they wisened up.
Doobie Brothers Albums Ranked Worst to Best
They remain an intriguing dichotomy of a band.
Top 10 Ringo Starr Songs Written by the Other Beatles
The best examples of how Fab Four bandmates helped animate their drummer's quirky personality.
55 Years Ago: How ‘Moods of Marvin Gaye’ Changed Everything
He actually revealed himself as more than the typical Motown factory drone well before 1971's 'What's Going On.'
Underrated Paul McCartney: The Most Overlooked Song From Each LP
With a discography stretching across 25 rock albums, there are still plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
Top 10 Post-‘Pet Sounds’ Beach Boys Songs
Before this album, principal architect Brian Wilson and a group of family and friends had moved from strength to strength.
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.
40 Years Ago: Nick Mason’s Solo Debut ‘Fictitious Sports’ Takes a Surprising Turn
He had left 'The Wall' behind before Pink Floyd finished mixing the troubled project, determined to reengage with music again.
50 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Makes a Statement With ‘Where I’m Coming From’
His legacy-securing streak of five milestone albums between 1972-76 didn't come out of nowhere.
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.
Miles Davis’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Connections
His link with the genre began at the turn of the '70s, during heralded shows with Neil Young and Grateful Dead.