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.
35 Years Ago: ‘The Lost Boys’ Resets the Vampire Genre
Joel Schumacher's film smashed Hollywood's tired Transylvanian tropes with a dirt biker's chortle.
40 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Punch Back With ‘Hang Fire’
Single boasted a hard-eyed relevance that was worlds away from their most recent work.
Led Zeppelin Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best
There have been vanity projects, weird detours and huge disappointments – but also some of the best LPs of the succeeding eras.
Little Richard, Rock Pioneer, Dies at 87
Hits like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" were influential to many, especially the Beatles.
Rush Drummer and Lyricist Neil Peart Dies
The band completed their final tour in 2015.
August 2018 New Music Releases
The month's key new music releases include a pair of Alices, some former Black Crowes and a slew of cool reissues.
Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues to Enter Rock Hall
The fans nailed it again, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 honorees.
See Photos as Brian Johnson Walks Away From Spectacular Car Crash
Brian Johnson's roll-over car crash happened this past weekend during a celebrity race at the Silverstone Classic in the U.K.
Gregg Allman Dies
Gregg Allman, the smoky-voiced B-3-playing Southern rock legend who soldiered on after his sibling's motorcycle crash nearly derailed the Allman Brothers Band, has died.
Listen to Robert Plant’s Rare Solo Performance of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’
Robert Plant hasn’t performed "Kashmir" since Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion. More interestingly, he apparently has never covered it as a solo artist.
The Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best
This list traces a supernova career, but the Cars started out on a much smaller scale.
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.