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.
50 Years Ago: Genesis Release First Single, ‘The Silent Sun’
Genesis are rightfully regarded as one of the most innovate and eclectic progressive rock bands of all time.
How Rush Closed Out the ’80s With the Transitional ‘Presto’
Judging solely in superficial terms, 1989's 'Presto' is a minor offering in Rush's massive discography.
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.
The Story of Frank Zappa’s First Solo Album, ‘Lumpy Gravy’
Frank Zappa's first solo album, Lumpy Gravy, was released in May 1968.
Seven Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Reunite for 02 Concert
On December 10, 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited for their first full-length concert in nearly thirty years.
The History of the Beatles’ ‘Rattle Your Jewelry’ Concert
The Beatles took a potshot at the rich and regal during one of their most famous concerts.
40 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Respond to Critics and Strip Off the Excess
Jethro Tull's seventh album, 1974's 'War Child,' was born during a particularly awkward transitional period.
How Jethro Tull Ended the ’70s With the Underrated ‘Stormwatch’
Jethro Tull's 12th studio album concludes with 'Elegy,' a quiet instrumental of pastoral acoustic guitar and melancholy strings. The title is appropriate.
20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Genesis
We've compiled 20 things you might not know about the prog-pioneers Genesis.