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.
December 2020 New Music Releases
Month gets off to a fast start before settling in for the traditional long winter's nap.
Bill Withers Dies of ‘Heart Complications’ at 81
Singer-songwriter scored a string of ageless '70s-era hits, including "Lean on Me," "Use Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine."
Have Eddie Van Halen’s Health Issues Kept Van Halen Off the Road?
David Lee Roth stoked new conjecture by linking hints of a cancer relapse with his newly confirmed solo shows.
Listen to Tom Petty’s Previously Unreleased Song ‘For Real’
Unheard track arrives in advance of a new two-disc career retrospective called 'The Best of Everything.'
Spider-Man Movies Ranked Worst to Best
Most webslinger lists focus on just the modern-era productions. Not this one.
2018’s Five Worst Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs
As fan voting continues for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2018 induction class, we can't help but wonder how these five key acts were somehow overlooked.
10 Times Houston, Texas Made Indie Rock History
Houston’s connection with early rock and then classic rock is well established, but the city remains an important source of inspiration for alternative and indie bands, too.
Watch the Foo Fighters’ New Video for ‘The Sky Is a Neighborhood’
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins first debuted this song at the Fillmore in May during the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert.
Five Years Ago: Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch Dies, but His Legacy Lives On
When Adam "MCA" Yauch died on May 4, 2012, it marked the end of the Beastie Boys – but not his lasting impact.
Pearl Jam Close Out 2017’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony – Then Jam
Tonight's after-ceremony jam featured “Rockin' in the Free World” by Neil Young, who was set to introduce Pearl Jam before falling ill.
Former Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist James Woolley Dies
James Woolley memorably appeared with Nine Inch Nails at Lollapalooza in 1991, and continued with them through a mud-covered 1994 stop at Woodstock.