Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
15 Rock Classics Improved by Nicky Hopkins
The greatest session man ever? Hopkins' keyboard work on songs by the Who, Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones makes a pretty good case.
True Blue: The Band Behind the Blues Brothers
A guide to the many talented musicians who backed "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues.
Keep Me In Your Heart: The Last Songs of 30 Legendary Artists
A look back at the final studio-recorded songs from some of rock’s most well-known artists.
40 Years Ago: Billy Idol’s Generation X Release Their Debut Album
The backlash began before Generation X had even put out their first album.
The Day the Beatles Got Their First No. 1 … Or Did They?
When Beatlemania took hold across Britain in 1963, the country’s media struggled with the reason for their rampant popularity.
50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Seattle Homecoming Ends in Embarrassment
One morning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix found himself in a familiar place: onstage, with a microphone, in front of a horde of teenagers. But he wasn’t able to play.
15 Years Ago: Billy Corgan Finds Temporary Salvation in Zwan’s ‘Mary Star of the Sea’
After Smashing Pumpkins called it a day, frontman Billy Corgan found solace in writing more positive, faith-based music for his short-lived band Zwan.
Diffuser’s Top 25 Songs of 2017
We're counting down the best alternative rock and pop songs of the year, including tracks from Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleet Foxes and Spoon.
Why Paul Simon’s ‘Songs From the Capeman’ Became Such a Protracted Failure
Paul Simon may have put more effort into 'The Capeman' than any other project in his long career.
15 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Reads the ‘Riot Act’
On the band's seventh studio album, Pearl Jam mixed melodic rockers with experimental sounds while dealing with tragedy.
In Defense of… R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’
For years, R.E.M. has been dragged through the M.U.D. over this pop hit. We defend the song's place in the band's rich catalog.
Up Where They Belong? How Rockers Transitioned to Adult Contemporary
The phrase “Adult Contemporary” might as well be an epithet to rock fans.