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Ryan Reed is an Adjunct English Professor, English Department Graduate Assistant, and freelance music critic/journalist with degrees in English and Journalism. In addition to serving as an Associate Music Editor/Music Writer with PopMatters, he contributes reviews, feature stories, and other work to Billboard, Paste, American Songwriter, Boston Phoenix, Relix, Blurt, Metro Pulse, Cleveland Scene, and a handful of others.

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Features

Monday, January 24 2011

Cellos, Peaches, Cool Cufflinks: An Interview with Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn

Recording their album in a peach field, unleashing secret Genesis influences, and more: speaking to PopMatters, Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn spills all about the recording of the group's acclaimed new album The Orchard ...


Tuesday, November 2 2010

Coming Full Circle (Accidentally): An Interview with Kevin Drew & Charles Spearin

What is currently one of the most sprawling, dynamic indie-rock bands out there once started as a series of small bedroom recordings between Broken Social Scene members Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin. PopMatters talks to both of them about their beginnings ...


Thursday, September 9 2010

"You're Your Own Combustible Fire": A Conversation with the Most Serene Republic

Swiping movies scores from Jon Brion? Smoking up with Michael Bublé? Crafting album titles out of Lewis Carroll-inspired word games? Vocalist Adrian Jewett talks to PopMatters about his band's Juno nomination, it's never-ending stream of EPs, and finally getting a Jewish drummer.


Tuesday, August 31 2010

Permanent Vacation: An Interview with the Young Veins

Just as his former band, Panic! at the Disco, was reaching their highest peaks of emo girl adoration and chart success, Jon Walker and co-writer/guitarist Ryan Ross split the band striking out on their own as The Young Veins


Thursday, August 19 2010

Stumbling Upon Something Different: An Interview with Ratatat

Ratatat has honed a sound equally suited to the likes of indie kids, art rockers, and hip hop heads, which explains why they've opened for Interpol, remixed Bjork, collaborated with Kid Cudi, and added legitimate mixtapes to their resumes over the course of their careers.


Reviews

Friday, June 8 2012

St. Vincent: 22 May 2012 - Knoxville, TN

Though it could be the coldest performance I've ever witnessed, it also might be the most beautiful.


Wednesday, April 4 2012

Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance

Though Spooky Action does find guitarist-vocalist Lockett Pundt carrying over some of his more song-like sensibilities from Deerhunter, he's still far more committed to reverb than hooks.


Monday, November 28 2011

The Musical Box: 1 November 2011 - Louisville, KY

Genesis is alive and well.


Monday, October 10 2011

Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567

Two possible outcomes: fresh perspectives that breathe new life into these often difficult tracks... or a straight-up snoozefest.


Thursday, September 29 2011

Thrice: Major/Minor

Inevitably, many Thrice diehards have openly craved a return to the band's rougher roots. Basically, cutting the bullshit and getting back to basics.


Ear Pwr: Ear Pwr [21.Jun.11]
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Deluka: Deluka [25.May.10]
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