Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
When Radiohead Imitated Their Heroes on ‘Pablo Honey’
One of the brainiest, most fiercely creative acts of a generation named their first album after a Jerky Boys reference.
When Pearl Jam Decided to ‘Yield’ to Maturity
After years of battles with Ticketmaster, the music industry and each other, they emerged with a calmer mood and bolder music.
15 Years Ago: Billy Corgan Finds Temporary Salvation in Zwan’s ‘Mary Star of the Sea’
After Smashing Pumpkins called it a day, frontman Billy Corgan found solace in writing more positive, faith-based music for his short-lived band Zwan.
35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Turn Back the Clock on ‘ExtendedancEPlay’
In direct contrast to his band's heavily produced recent work, Mark Knopfler spearheaded this breezy 1983 EP.
15 Years Ago: The Postal Service’s Debut Single Pushes Them to ‘Such Great Heights’
Before it became an indie favorite, was woven into 'Garden State,' and soundtracked so many commercials, 'Such Great Heights' introduced the Postal Service.
30 Years Ago: The Pogues Make Their Masterpiece With ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God…
After a longer-than-expected delay, the Pogues recorded a rollicking, multi-dimensional album that became known as their greatest work.
35 Years Ago: Nena Soars to Pop Stardom with ’99 Luftballons’
When German new wave band Nena released their debut album in 1983, they had little idea of the worldwide success they would score with one of the LP's tracks.
Diffuser’s Top 25 Songs of 2017
We're counting down the best alternative rock and pop songs of the year, including tracks from Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleet Foxes and Spoon.
Diffuser’s Top 25 Albums of 2017
We're counting down the best alternative rock records of the year, from Queens of the Stone Age and St. Vincent to Fleet Foxes and LCD Soundsystem.
40 Years Ago: The Jam Show Growth, Still Slump With ‘This Is the Modern World’
Only a few months after releasing their debut LP, the Jam were back in the studio making the follow-up, which encountered a dour reaction in November 1977.
Up Where They Belong?: How Rockers Transitioned to Adult Contemporary
The phrase “Adult Contemporary” might as well be an epithet to rock fans.
How Lou Reed Became a Top 40 Star With ‘Transformer’
If few consider this his masterpiece, it still appears in conversations of the best rock albums ever made.