Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in newspapers, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
35 Years Ago: The Fixx Stayed True, Then Hit It Big Anyway on ‘Reach the Beach’
The Fixx's meteoric breakthrough didn't arrive courtesy of some sweeping overhaul.
30 Years Ago: Prince Replaces ‘The Black Album’ With ‘Lovesexy’
Prince's 'Lovesexy' lived up to the dichotomy inherent in its title.
35 Years Ago: The Replacements Begin to Find Themselves on ‘Hootenanny’
The Replacements had begun to turn away from their early punk aesthetic, setting themselves up for stirring new successes. Unfortunately, trouble loomed.
Arctic Monkeys Aren’t Previewing Songs From Their New Album
Fans won't be getting any early samples of Arctic Monkey's upcoming sixth studio album.
Why We Struggled to Say ‘Goodbye’ to Prince: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
We said goodbye when there was still so much left to say. We said goodbye in the most shocking, saddest of ways.
Prince Gives Warner Bros. More Than They Asked For With ‘Come': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
This was the point when Prince's insurrection – begun the year before when he famously changed his name – became real.
45 Years Ago: Bob Marley Breaks Out With the Wailers’ ‘Catch a Fire’
'Catch a Fire' launched Bob Marley's international career, while also cracking the foundation of his band.
35 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s Small-Scale Ambitions Come Up Big on ‘Murmur’
Their debut album was perfectly titled: R.E.M. did indeed arrive like a murmur, something you heard in passing more than really saw coming.
25 Totally Crazy Music Conspiracy Theories
Insane, and maybe untrue, stories about famous people have been around for ages.
How Neil Finn’s Friendship With Mick Fleetwood Led to a Gig With Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn's sudden appearance in Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup seemed to come out of left field, but it really didn't.