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.
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.
Prince Finds Hope Among Crushing Loneliness on ‘My Computer': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Rather than working on new music, always his principal hobby, Prince instead ends up online one quiet Sunday night.
R.E.M. Takes a Bite out of Dogma on ‘Exhuming McCarthy': The Story Behind Every ‘Document’…
R.E.M.'s most topical album yet just kept getting more intense.
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.
35 Years Ago: Yaz Becomes a Shooting Star With ‘Upstairs at Eric’s’
Yaz was a product of happenstance, created by two very different figures who barely knew each other. Yet, somehow it worked.
Billy Corgan Announces New Solo Album ‘Ogilala,’ Shares First Single ‘Aeronaut’
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman's most recent solo album was 2005's 'TheFutureEmbrace.'
R.E.M. Gets Loud, Gets Political, but Stays Weird on ‘Finest Worksong': The Story Behind E…
As R.E.M. sprinted toward a long-developing commercial breakthrough in 1987, they came to more fully understand their own powers as a band.
Prince Looks Back As He Races Forward on ‘Delirious': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's 1983 Top 10 hit "Delirious" that was both retro and completely new, both commercial and slyly experimental.
30 Years Ago: XTC Is Saved by the Dukes of Stratosphear’s ‘Psonic Psunspot’
The Dukes of Stratosphear were more than an endlessly fun XTC offshoot band.
20 Years Ago: Morrissey Loses a Court Battle, Then Loses His Way on ‘Maladjusted’
Morrissey was a musician without a sound, a citizen without a country, and man outside the mainstream by the time 'Maladjusted' arrived.