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. If you want to contact him for any reason, send an e-mail to rreed6128[at]hotmail.com.
Cellos, Peaches, Cool Cufflinks: An Interview with Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn | 24 Jan 2011 // 4:00 PM
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 ...
Coming Full Circle (Accidentally): An Interview with Kevin Drew & Charles Spearin | 2 Nov 2010 // 5:00 PM
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 ...
St. Vincent: 22 May 2012 - Knoxville, TN | 8 Jun 2012 // 12:20 AM
Though it could be the coldest performance I've ever witnessed, it also might be the most beautiful.
Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance | 4 Apr 2012 // 6:00 PM
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.