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.
How Chuck Berry Overcame Royalty Ripoffs and Racists: Exclusive Clip
Watch a preview of upcoming episode of PBS' 'In Their Own Words' focusing on the rock pioneer.
35 Years Ago: Van Halen Leave Planet Earth on ‘Love Walks In’
This wasn't Sammy Hagar's first song about aliens, but it was by far the biggest.
August 2021 New Music Releases
The month is capped by a pair of key 50th-anniversary reissues, but there's new stuff to get excited about, too.
45 Years Ago: David Coverdale Quits as Deep Purple Disintegrate
Pieces started falling off long before the band finally came crashing down in the '70s.
July 2021 New Music Releases
Record Store Day's second RSD Drops event of the year highlights the list.
June 2021 New Music Releases
There's very good news for fans of Styx – and the latest installment of RSD Drops, with a slew of exclusive and limited-edition finds.
Alice Cooper Leads Star-Packed 2022 Monsters of Rock Cruise
Slate of artists includes Queensryche, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Skid Row and L.A. Guns, among many others.
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.
May 2021 New Music Releases
Highlights include a long-awaited album from a first-timer and a long (really long, actually) player from a longtimer.
Why Van Halen Didn’t Change Band Names When Sammy Hagar Joined
David Lee Roth's replacement eventually helped the group to four consecutive chart-topping albums.
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Announces New Memoir, ‘The Lives of Brian’
"I've gone from choirboy to rock 'n' roll singer," he says. "And now I've gone and written a bloody book about it."
40 Classic Rock Songs With #$&%-ing Curse Words
The music of youth rebellion was bound to say something naughty, right?