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 History of Fleetwood Mac’s Self-Titled Debut
Led by guitar wizard Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac announced their freedom from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with their self-titled debut.
The Story of ‘Fly by Night,’ Rush’s First Album With Neil Peart
'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.
The History of John Rutsey and Rush
We look at the important contributions made by John Rutsey during his brief tenure as Rush's first drummer.
The Story of Frank Zappa’s First Solo Album, ‘Lumpy Gravy’
Frank Zappa's first solo album, Lumpy Gravy, was released in May 1968.
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.
How Jethro Tull Ended the ’70s With the Underrated ‘Stormwatch’
Jethro Tull's 12th studio album concludes with 'Elegy,' a quiet instrumental of pastoral acoustic guitar and melancholy strings. The title is appropriate.
46 Years Ago: Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Released
Traffic are rightly remembered today as titans of jazz-rock and soul — but on their 1967 debut album, ‘Mr. Fantasy,’ released 46 years ago this month, Steve Winwood and company were busy riding the psychedelic coattails of ‘Sgt. Pepper.‘ It’s a fascinating o…
11 Years Ago: George Harrison’s Final Album, ‘Brainwashed,’ Released
Celebrating its 11th anniversary this week is George Harrison‘s understated and deeply beautiful ‘Brainwashed,’ the famed guitarist and former Beatle‘s eleventh — and, tragically, final — studio album. Though ‘Brainwashed’ is indeed a collectio…
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. The now 15-y…
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. After 1976’s ‘Royal Scam,’ a solid, guitar-centric album that nonetheless met a lukewarm critical response, studio ma…
How Rush Explored 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.