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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.
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45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ Album Released

Even though it was only Pink Floyd's second album,  'A Saucerful of Seconds' is the literal sound of a band in transition, clinging to its past even as it plunges forward into the unknown. The album -- released 45 years ago -- is often overlooked by casual fans. It isn't a front-to-back masterpiece like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Wish You Were Here,' and it lacks a distinctive radio classic. But it's a crucial album in the band's sonic evolution.

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35 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel’s Second Solo Album Released

Peter Gabriel's second solo album boasts one of rock's most iconic cover photos: the singer and songwriter, gazing directly into the camera, literally scratching apart his visage. It's an appropriate metaphor for the record itself: For the first time since leaving Genesis, it truly felt like Gabriel was obliterating his old image and reinventing himself as a songwriter and sonic craftsman.

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40 Years Ago: King Crimson Release ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic’

King Crimson's fifth studio album, 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic,' is a pinnacle of progressive rock, even though its music is nearly unclassifiable. Now 40 years after its original release, it remains a genre unto itself -- a mish-mash of heavy and soothing, beautiful and unsettling, experimental and melodic.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Announce Record Store Day Exclusive Box Set

 

This year's Record Store Day (April 20) is shaping up to be a classic rock extravaganza (emphasis on 'extra'): From Cream's triple-vinyl live set to David Bowie's string of singles to Paul McCartney's live EP, some of rock's most legendary acts are digging deep into their respective vaults and unleashing goodies.

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King Crimson Announce Record Store Day Exclusive

If you love vinyl, semi-frivolous bonus tracks, and classic rock, this is gearing up to be one monster of a Record Store Day. So far, artists like David Bowie, Cream, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones have all announced exclusive RSD releases, and now prog-rock's elder statesmen, King Crimson, are throwing their hat in the ring with the fittingly-titled 'Going Schizoid with King Crimson.'

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Rush, ‘The Anarchist’ — Song Review

One of many things that makes Rush so consistently rewarding is that they stick with what they do well --  more than likely, Geddy Lee won't form an electronic side project any time soon, and it's a safe bet Alex Lifeson won't switch over to steel guitar. 'The Anarchist,' the anthemic third single from the excellent 'Clockwork Angels,' is a perfect example of Rush reveling in the many things Rush do well.

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Five Classic Genesis Albums to be Reissued in Audiophile Vinyl Format

Genesis fans: rejoice! Especially if you have a whole lot of extra cash. EMI is re-issuing five of this legendary prog-rock band's first six studio albums (leaving out their rightfully despised debut, 1969's 'From Genesis to Revelations'), all in fancy "180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl" format.

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