About this site

The Diffraction is a publication that aims to report on the live music industry to the benefit of attendees, bands, and venues alike. It’s a delicate ecosystem. We aim to cover the big and the small, with a clear understanding that there are real differences between a local DIY show, the Taylor Swift juggernaut, and the Phish/jam band experience. We will do our best to cover these meaningful differences. 

Its proprietors are Keith O'Brien, a writer and consultant, and Brian Ries, a writer and consultant, who previously ran the popular Phish-related newsletter Jam Sandwich.

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