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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Monday, January 24 2011
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, June 8 2012
Though it could be the coldest performance I've ever witnessed, it also might be the most beautiful.
Wednesday, April 4 2012
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
Genesis is alive and well.
Monday, October 10 2011
Two possible outcomes: fresh perspectives that breathe new life into these often difficult tracks... or a straight-up snoozefest.
Thursday, September 29 2011
Inevitably, many Thrice diehards have openly craved a return to the band's rougher roots. Basically, cutting the bullshit and getting back to basics.