Ryan Reed is a freelance music / pop culture journalist / editor. Besides Diffuser.fm, he currently contributes to Rolling Stone, Paste, Billboard, eMusic, The Phoenix, Metro Pulse, Blurt, Relix, American Songwriter, and many other outlets. He's also an adjunct English and Communications professor. When he's not writing or teaching, he's probably recording his own music, record shopping, playing with his Brittany Spaniel (Tegan), eating copious amounts of chicken wings, or drinking girly beverages.
46 Years Ago: Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Released
Traffic are rightly remembered today as titans of jazz-rock and soul -- but on their 1967 debut album, 'Mr. Fantasy,' released 46 years ago this month, Steve Winwood and company were busy riding the psychedelic coattails of 'Sgt. Pepper.'
16 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘BBC Sessions’ Released
For many diehards, Led Zeppelin were even more mind-blowing onstage than they were in the studio. With 1997's 'BBC Sessions,' that argument was strengthened considerably, as it showcased the most powerful quartet in rock music at their most playful and hard-hitting.
36 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release ‘Aja’
'Aja,' Steely Dan's sixth studio album, which was the artistic pinnacle of the '70s jazz-rock movement, turns 36 years old this week.
50 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Carry on With ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’
The band's second album featured little input from its damaged original leader Syd Barrett.
35 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel’s Second Solo Album Released
Peter Gabriel's second solo album boasts one of rock's most iconic cover photos: the singer and songwriter, gazing directly into the camera, literally scratching apart his visage. It's an appropriate metaphor for the record itself: For the first time since leaving Genesis, it truly felt like Gabriel…
Yes Announce ‘Yestival’ Quadraphonic Prog Festival
If there's one band epic enough to deserve their own music festival, it's Yes, and they'll host one Aug. 3rd at Camden, New Jersey's Susquehanna Bank Center.
40 Years Ago: David Gilmour Releases His First Solo Album
As any crate digger can attest, it's easy to judge a rock album by its cover.
40 Years Ago: Genesis Release Career-Boosting ‘ … And Then There Were Three … ‘
How exactly did Genesis, progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil?
Rush, ‘The Anarchist’ — Song Review
One of many things that makes Rush so consistently rewarding is that they stick with what they do well -- more than likely, Geddy Lee won't form an electronic side project any time soon, and it's a safe bet Alex Lifeson won't switch over to steel guitar. 'The Anarchist,' the anthemic third single f…
Five Classic Genesis Albums to be Reissued in Audiophile Vinyl Format
Genesis fans: rejoice! Especially if you have a whole lot of extra cash. EMI is re-issuing five of this legendary prog-rock band's first six studio albums (leaving out their rightfully despised debut, 1969's 'From Genesis to Revelations'), all in fancy "180 Gram Aud…
28 Years Ago: Yes Quickly Lose Momentum With ‘Big Generator’
For Yes, following the smash '90125' was no easy task. Perhaps inevitably, 1987's 'Big Generator' was both a critical and commercial disappointment.
That Time Peter Gabriel Got Personal on ‘Us’
As any Peter Gabriel fan knows, the singer works at a snail-like pace.