Ryan Reed is a freelance music/culture writer/editor. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Relix Magazine, Revolver, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Revisiting Styx’s Underrated Major-Label Debut, ‘Equinox’
Band's fifth album marked a pivotal transition point, both in its music and career.
Watch Steve Hackett Play New Acoustic Song ‘Casa del Fauno’
Track appears on guitarist's upcoming LP 'Under Under a Mediterranean Sky.'
How Rush Went Pun-Wild With ‘Moving Pictures’ Cover
Art director Hugh Syme's vision for the band's eighth LP crystalized as soon as he heard the title.
Wolfgang Van Halen Sets First Mammoth WVH Show
Former Van Halen bassist's new band will make stage debut at fest scheduled for October 2021.
Neil Peart’s ‘2112’ Drum Kit Heading to Auction
Drummer-lyricist also played Slingerland set on 'Fly By Night' and 'Caress of Steel.'
How Rush Wrangled Rabbits for Quirky ‘Presto’ Cover
Art director Hugh Syme talks to UCR about the prog-rock trio's playful cover to the 1989 LP.
Wolfgang Van Halen Opens Up About Late Father’s Health Battles
Lung cancer and brain tumor were among issues Eddie faced.
How Tom Petty Caught ‘Full Moon Fever’ With Jeff Lynne: Exclusive Book Excerpt
New book focuses on singer-songwriter's relationship with Los Angeles, including the numerous collaborators he found there.
Why Rush’s Minimalist ‘Signals’ Cover Earned an ‘Irate’ Reaction
The cover of Rush's ninth LP was so uncharacteristically simple and dry, the band's manager was apparently puzzled to the point of anger.
Why Mammoth Changed Their Name to Van Halen
They went by something slightly less subtle before adopting the band's now-iconic moniker.
Underrated Rush: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Despite being hailed as prog-rock giants, they still managed to have many under-the-radar tunes.
Why Tom Petty’s Band Initially Hated ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’
"What’s funny is that when Tom wrote this song, when he first showed it to me, the chorus was, 'Hey, Indiana girl, go out and find the world,'" says Mike Campbell.