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.
Classic Rock Artists Who (Allegedly) Ripped Somebody Off
Musicians appropriate ideas from everywhere, sometimes to the point where a court of law calls it stealing.
October 2023 New Music Releases
Recent months have been defined by box sets and expanded reissues – but this one is different.
40 Years Ago: A Black Rock Icon Shapes David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’
Hint: It wasn't Nile Rodgers.
How Rock Music Was Reshaped on the Morning of 9/11
The tragedy cast a long shadow on the rock world and, in the days that followed, that shadow only lengthened.
40 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Breaks in America but Hates It
He wanted a hit. That is until he got one.
33 Famous Rock Star Mug Shots
Are you really a rock star if you haven't been arrested?
Rolling Stones Album Ad Details Confirmed by UK Newspaper Editor
Their last album of original material dates back to 2005's 'A Bigger Bang.'
60 Years Ago: Paul McCartney’s Dad Questions Early Beatles Hit
They took weeks constructing the song, between stops as Roy Orbison's opening act, then hours recording it.
45 Years Ago: Hall and Oates Turn a Corner on ‘Along the Red Ledge’
The gold-selling LP showed where the duo was headed – but they weren't quite there yet.
Joni Mitchell’s ‘Archives Volume 3′ to Focus on Classic ’70s Era
Change of scenery to British Columbia's Sunshine Coast provided new inspiration after 1971's 'Blue.'
45 Years Ago: The Police Break Out With ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’
And you thought it was "Roxanne"?
September 2023 New Music Releases
There are a few new LPs, but the month is dominated by massive reissues and intriguing live sets.