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 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.
When Syd Barrett Visited Pink Floyd During 1975 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.
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.
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.
How Rush Explored New Territory on ‘Hold Your Fire’
This 12th album is one of the legendary prog-rock trio's most overlooked efforts.
How Pink Floyd Carried on With ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’
The band's second album featured little input from its damaged original leader Syd Barrett.
How Steve Hackett Re-Introduced Himself With ‘Please Don’t Touch’
Steve Hackett had already dabbled in solo work, but 'Please Don't Touch' feels more like his proper debut.
Revisiting David Gilmour’s First, Self-Titled Solo Album
As any crate digger can attest, it's easy to judge a rock album by its cover.