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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.
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Six Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Reunite for 02 Concert

The past six years have been incredibly fruitful for Led Zeppelin after decades of inactivity. Recently, the hard rock icons have announced a new reissue campaign, received the Kennedy Center Honors, and released the live CD/DVD package, 'Celebration Day,' which features the band's heavily anticipated reunion performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on Dec. 10, 2007. Perhaps it's only a side-effect of this recent Zeppelin whiplash, but it's crazy to think it's been six whole years.

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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 like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Wish You Were Here,' and it lacks a distinctive radio classic. But it's a crucial album in the band's sonic evolution.

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45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Lumpy Gravy’

Frank Zappa is often regarded as one of the most brilliant, idiosyncratic musicians in rock music. But, looking back at his eclectic, monstrous body of work as a composer, guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader, Zappa really wasn't a "rock" musician. That fact is cemented on 'Lumpy Gravy,' Zappa's first official solo album, which was released 45 years ago today (May 13, 1968).

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40 Years Ago: King Crimson Release ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic’

King Crimson's fifth studio album, 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic,' is a pinnacle of progressive rock, even though its music is nearly unclassifiable. Now 40 years after its original release, it remains a genre unto itself -- a mish-mash of heavy and soothing, beautiful and unsettling, experimental and melodic.

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King Crimson Announce Record Store Day Exclusive

If you love vinyl, semi-frivolous bonus tracks, and classic rock, this is gearing up to be one monster of a Record Store Day. So far, artists like David Bowie, Cream, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones have all announced exclusive RSD releases, and now prog-rock's elder statesmen, King Crimson, are throwing their hat in the ring with the fittingly-titled 'Going Schizoid with King Crimson.'

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45 Years Ago: Genesis Release First Single, ‘The Silent Sun’

Genesis are rightfully regarded as one of the most innovate and eclectic progressive rock bands of all-time. But -- a couple late-era Phil Collins belters aside -- they're not remembered as cookie-cutter pop balladeers. Timing is everything: On Feb. 23, 1968, these British lads got off to an awkwardly uncharacteristic start with debut single, 'The Silent Sun,' the most saccharine, lightweight ditty in their entire discography.

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