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.
30 Years Ago: Rush Explore More New Territory on ‘Hold Your Fire’
Hold Your Fire, Rush's 12th album, is one of the legendary prog-rock trio's most overlooked efforts.
45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ Album Released
Even though it was only Pink Floyd's second album, 'A Saucerful of Seconds' is the literal sound of a band in transition, clinging to its past even as it plunges forward into the unknown. The album -- released 45 years ago -- is often overlooked by casual fans. It isn't a front-to-back masterpiece …
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.
The Story of David Gilmour’s Debut Solo Album
As any crate digger can attest, it's easy to judge a rock album by its cover.
The Story of Hawkwind’s Live ‘Space Ritual’
Like many other '70s rock greats, British space-rock pioneers Hawkwind built their legacy onstage rather than in the recording studio.
The Story of Genesis’ Career-Boosting ‘ … And Then There Were Three … ‘
How exactly did Genesis, progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil?
ELP Announce Record Store Day Exclusive Box Set
This year's Record Store Day (April 20) is shaping up to be a classic rock extravaganza (emphasis on 'extra'): From Cream's triple-vinyl live set to David Bowie's string of singles to Paul McCartney's live EP, some of rock's most legendary acts are digging dee…
King Crimson Announce Record Store Day Exclusive
If you love vinyl, semi-frivolous bonus tracks, and classic rock, this is gearing up to be one monster of a Record Store Day. So far, artists like David Bowie, Cream, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones have all announced exclusive RSD releases, and now prog-rock's elder statesmen, …
Revisiting King Crimson’s Prog-Rock Pinnacle, ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic’
King Crimson's fifth album, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, is a pinnacle of progressive rock, even though its music is nearly unclassifiable.
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…