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 Yes Live Albums
In their tumultuous half-century of existence, Yes have released 15 live albums. That's way too many live albums.
Cruise to the Edge 2018: Review
Yes' annual floating retreat, Cruise to the Edge, has been a vehicle for both celebration and mourning – as much a memorial service as a music festival.
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.
Jethro Tull, ‘A Passion Play: An Extended Performance’ – Album Review
Jethro Tull have released a re-mastered and expanded edition of their 1973 album, 'A Passion Play.'
Yes, ‘Heaven & Earth’ – Album Review
We reviewed 'Heaven and Earth,' the new album by Yes.
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.
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 …
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 scratches apart his visage. It's an appropriate metaphor for the record itself: For the first time since leaving Genesis, it truly felt like Gabriel …