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.
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.
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.
February 2021 New Music Releases
This month quickly picks up steam before culminating with a signature last Friday overstuffed with new sounds.
Tanya Roberts Confirmed Dead at 65 After False Initial Report
Roberts' death was confirmed following an earlier incorrect report.
45 Years Ago: Journey Try to Shake Things Up on ‘Look Into the Future’
The band was already at a crossroads after just one jammy studio project.
2021 New Music Releases
Time off the road amid the pandemic apparently gave rockers plenty of space to complete studio recordings.
35 Years Ago: ‘Spies Like Us’ Falters When It Gets to the Spy Part
This action comedy actually began life as a sort of homage to the legendary 'Road' pictures starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
25 Years Ago: Pierce Brosnan’s ‘GoldenEye’ Revives James Bond
Was 007 even relevant in a post-Cold War age?
10 Worst Eagles Songs
They scored four No. 1 albums and five No. 1 singles, but not every track went the distance.
How Duane Allman’s Death Changed Everything for Joe Walsh
First came an important shift in playing style, and then a signature song.