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.
How ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ Become Traffic’s ‘Milestone’ Song
"I knew it wasn't just a good piece or a good track for a record."
All 183 Yes Songs Ranked Worst to Best
Yes have survived because they've been willing to endlessly adapt. But which experiment worked best?
Fleetwood Mac Set List Primer: 5 Rare Songs From New Tour
To get all fans on the same page, let's recap the five rarest rarities from the band's current tour.
5 Songs We’d Love to See Fleetwood Mac Play at Their Tour Opener
Questions linger about the revamped Mac. Will they blacklist all Buckingham material? And if so, how they fill the gaps?
The History of Yes Live Albums
In their tumultuous half-century of existence, Yes have released 16 live albums. That's way too many live albums.
Why Genesis Had to Keep Shedding Members: Exclusive Interview
For Genesis, chart success really was a matter of addition by subtraction.
Why Genesis’ Tony Banks Left Progressive Rock Behind: Exclusive Interview
Tony Banks' music has been dotted with oboes and cornets since releasing 2004's 'Seven' – not synthesizer solos and tom-tom fills.
How Yes Broke Up After ‘Drama’ Drama
We look at what the members of Yes did during their temporary break-up following 1980's 'Drama.'
How Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Defined a New Era of British Blues
Fleetwood Mac announced their freedom from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with this self-titled debut.
The History of John Rutsey and Rush
His last gig with the band came on July 25, 1974 at the Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.
The Day Syd Barrett Visited Pink Floyd During the ‘Wish You Were Here’ Sessions
Syd Barrett's tortured spirit was already hovering over Pink Floyd, even before he unexpectedly crashed the sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' on June 5, 1975.
How Frank Zappa Broke Every Rule With His Solo Debut ‘Lumpy Gravy’
Zappa really wasn't a "rock" musician. That fact is cemented on 'Lumpy Gravy,' first solo album.