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.
40 Classic Rock Songs With #$&%-ing Curse Words
The music of youth rebellion was bound to say something naughty, right?
April 2021 New Music Releases
Spring has sprung – at least in the aisles of your local record shop.
How the Beatles Ditched Psychedelia With ‘Lady Madonna’
Fats Domino-inspired U.K. chart topper served notice that 1967's technicolor dream was over.
How R.E.M. Threw Out the Rule Book Then Became Superstars With ‘Out of Time’
Gutsy and creatively free, 'Out of Time' did things other R.E.M. albums hadn't.
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.
10 Years Ago: R.E.M. Draw to a Close on ‘Collapse Into Now’
They didn't fall apart amid the usual rock-band squabbles; they left the world's stage on their own terms.
5 Reasons Fela Kuti Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
His sharp mixture of traditional West African sounds, soul, R&B and jazz formed the foundation of Afrobeat.
Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dies at 73
He was a quiet figure who became one of the genre's founding fathers.
5 Reasons the Go-Go’s Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
There was time when an all-female group didn't write its own songs or play its own instruments.
40 Years Ago: Billy Idol Leaves Generation X For Solo Stardom
He took their manager, their producer and their final single, which he remixed into a U.S. dance hit.
40 Years Ago: The Who Score a Final Hit With ‘You Better You Bet’
This was one of the few moments during the early '80s when Pete Townshend shared a truly great track with the band.
Deluxe Reissue of ‘The Who Sell Out’ to Include 46 Unheard Songs
There will also be a two-LP stereo vinyl package, a two-CD/two-LP mono vinyl version, a two-CD edition and a digital release.