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  • Steven Drozd’s main gig is multi-instrumentalist for the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips. The group’s latest album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Drozd also appears with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, plus members of Nashville band Linear Downfall...

    The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 2 with Steven Drozd

    Steven Drozd’s main gig is multi-instrumentalist for the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips. The group’s latest album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Drozd also appears with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, plus members of Nashville band Linear Downfall...

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  • Want to hear music from the artists featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our December 2014 Spotify Playlist kicks off with legendary D.C. go-go band E.U.’s hit “Da Butt,” […]

    Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s December Issue

    Want to hear music from the artists featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our December 2014 Spotify Playlist kicks off with legendary D.C. go-go band E.U.’s hit “Da Butt,” […]

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  • Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars” from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!

    Gregg Bissonette “Mars” Lyric Video

    Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars” from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!

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  • The December issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Up & Coming article on Night Verses’ Aric Improta. This video features Improta and the band playing a live version of “Time Erases Time,” originally released on the band’s 2013 album, Lift Your Existence.
 To check out a special interactive multi-camera version of the video, look below....

    Night Verses’ Aric Improta: “Time Erases Time” Live Interactive Drum Cams

    The December issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Up & Coming article on Night Verses’ Aric Improta. This video features Improta and the band playing a live version of “Time Erases Time,” originally released on the band’s 2013 album, Lift Your Existence.
 To check out a special interactive multi-camera version of the video, look below....

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  • Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the Warning Will Robinson! track “After All,” which we present here in two mixes, one with drums and one without so you can play along....

    Gregg Bissonette “After All” Chart and Drum Groove Video

    Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the Warning Will Robinson! track “After All,” which we present here in two mixes, one with drums and one without so you can play along....

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  • Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies....

    Jonathan Joseph: Tracking Soul Legend Betty Wright’s Living…Love…Lies

    Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies....

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  • What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers...

    The Essence of Progressive Drumming

    What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers...

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  • Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale....

    Brad Wilk Dashes Expectations With the Last Internationale

    Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale....

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  • Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

    Influences: Bill Stevenson

    Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

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  • Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality....

    Encore: Adam Wade on Shudder to Think’s Pony Express Record

    Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality....

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  • Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....

    Influences: Harvey Mason

    Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....

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  • Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, "Drummer Wanted."

    Dean Zimmer: Drummer Still Wanted

    Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, "Drummer Wanted."

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  • Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, turned heads with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and sophisticated pop vocalist Gino Vannelli. Next year marks a decade since Craney’s death, so this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on his exceptional talent....

    A Tale of Two Tull Drummers: Doane Perry and Mark Craney

    Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, turned heads with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and sophisticated pop vocalist Gino Vannelli. Next year marks a decade since Craney’s death, so this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on his exceptional talent....

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  • Brian Reitzell, drummer (Redd Kross/Air) and soundtrack multi-talent (Marie Antoinette, 30 Days of Night, TV’s Hannibal) has recently moved into the wild world of video game music, while continuing to guide the soundtracks of major films by directors like Sofia Coppola and collaborating with adventurous rockers like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Beck main man Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Brian....

    The Modern Drummer Podcast
    Episode 1 with Brian Reitzell

    Brian Reitzell, drummer (Redd Kross/Air) and soundtrack multi-talent (Marie Antoinette, 30 Days of Night, TV’s Hannibal) has recently moved into the wild world of video game music, while continuing to guide the soundtracks of major films by directors like Sofia Coppola and collaborating with adventurous rockers like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Beck main man Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Brian....

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  • A band’s fortieth anniversary might find the members in victory-lap, let’s-slow-it-down-a-notch mode. Not so with Blondie. To mark the big four-oh, the group is touring extensively and has released a double-disc package titled Blondie 4(0)-Ever, featuring a collection of new songs called Ghosts of Download along with the album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, which comprises new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. Drummer Clem Burke isn’t slowing down either, with multiple side projects (the Empty Hearts, the Split Squad, the International Swingers) and a John Varvatos ad campaign to occupy his “downtime.” Here, as an online addition to MD’s September 2014 Influences piece, Blondie’s timekeeper fills us in....

    Influences: Blondie’s Clem Burke

    A band’s fortieth anniversary might find the members in victory-lap, let’s-slow-it-down-a-notch mode. Not so with Blondie. To mark the big four-oh, the group is touring extensively and has released a double-disc package titled Blondie 4(0)-Ever, featuring a collection of new songs called Ghosts of Download along with the album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, which comprises new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. Drummer Clem Burke isn’t slowing down either, with multiple side projects (the Empty Hearts, the Split Squad, the International Swingers) and a John Varvatos ad campaign to occupy his “downtime.” Here, as an online addition to MD’s September 2014 Influences piece, Blondie’s timekeeper fills us in....

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  • In this video few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming....

    VIDEO! A Ringo Tribute: With a Little Help From Our Friends

    In this video few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming....

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  • In this video <em>Modern Drummer</em>'s Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the <em>Modern Drummer</em>/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, his unique drumming technique, his view on double drumming, and more. The interview is shown here in it's entirety for the first time.

    Video! Drumming Great Jim Keltner Q&A Session at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

    In this video Modern Drummer's Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, his unique drumming technique, his view on double drumming, and more. The interview is shown here in it's entirety for the first time.

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  • Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us....

    Anup Sastry Videos:
    “Ephemeral” and “The Escape” by Intervals

    Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us....

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