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.
Why Genesis Had to Keep Shedding Members: Exclusive Interview
For Genesis, chart success really was a matter of addition by subtraction.
There Won’t Be a Supergroup Featuring Genesis’ Tony Banks: Exclusive Interview
Though he has certainly worked with lots of famous folks, Tony Banks calls supergroups "a little off-putting."
Why Genesis’ Tony Banks Left Progressive Rock Behind: Exclusive Interview
Tony Banks' music has been dotted with oboes and cornets since releasing 2004's 'Seven' – not synthesizer solos and tom-tom fills.
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.
How Rush Scaled Back and Hit Big With ‘Permanent Waves’
It's only fitting that Rush's first LP of the '80s marked a distinctive new chapter for the prog-rock giants.
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 a Fan Ended Up Playing Drums With the Who
A fan named Scott Halpin sat in with the Who on Nov. 20, 1975 after Keith Moon passed out.
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.
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.