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 Genesis’ ‘Pure Prog’ Era Ended With ‘Spot the Pigeon’
It's easy to forget 'Spot the Pigeon,' but that's fine with Genesis: Most of them wish it didn't exist.
Yes’ Geoff Downes Talks ‘Drama’ Tour, Cruise to the Edge and More: Exclusive Interview
This is a strange time in Yes history.
45 Years Ago: Captain Beefheart Looks Backward With Experimental Blues-Rock on ‘Mirror Man…
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's fifth album was a step both forward and backward.
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.'
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.
The History of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Bombastic Debut
Emerson, Lake & Palmer fused rock and classical on their self-titled debut, which was released on Nov. 20, 1970.
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.
That Time Led Zeppelin Went Back to the Clubs to Debut Songs From ‘IV’
Led Zeppelin came up with a throwback solution to the impersonal character of a Fall 1970 arena tour.
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.
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.