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.
The Story of Genesis’ First Post-Peter Gabriel Tour With Phil Collins
After Genesis' charismatic, costume-wearing frontman Peter Gabriel left to pursue a solo career in 1974, Phil Collins accidentally stumbled into his destiny.
When David Gilmour Began His Post-Pink Floyd Tour for ‘On an Island’
David Gilmour's 'On an Island' felt like a self-consciously laid-back attempt to scale down from his work with Pink Floyd.
Top 10 Chris Squire Yes Songs
The only constant for Yes is change – and up until his 2015 passing, Chris Squire himself.
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.
Revisiting Genesis’ First Single, ‘The Silent Sun’
Genesis are rightfully regarded as one of the most innovate and eclectic progressive rock bands of all time.
45 Years Ago: Rush Release First LP With Neil Peart, ‘Fly by Night’
'Fly by Night' is technically the second Rush album -- though, from a creative standpoint, it's the true starting point of the band's genius.
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.
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.
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.