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: Fleetwood Mac Release Self-Titled Debut
Led by guitar wizard Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac announced their freedom from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with their self-titled debut.
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.
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.
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.
15 Years Ago: George Harrison’s Final Album Released
George Harrison's understated and deeply beautiful 'Brainwashed,' the former Beatle's 11th and final solo album, was released on Nov. 18, 2002..
16 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘BBC Sessions’ Released
For many diehards, Led Zeppelin were even more mind-blowing onstage than they were in the studio. With 1997's 'BBC Sessions,' that argument was strengthened considerably, as it showcased the most powerful quartet in rock music at their most playful and hard-hitting.
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.
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.