(on newsstands May 7, 2013)
On the Cover
Two recent debut releases—Amok by Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace and Ultraísta’s self-titled album—provide endless examples of the sinuous electroacoustic grooves of this cutting-edge yet down-to-earth drummer.
• Daren Pfeifer of Hollywood Undead
• Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
This month we ask Pro Panelists Todd Sucherman, Dafnis Prieto, and Taku Hirano whether there was a particular moment when they realized they were a professional musician.
Up & Coming Justin Brown
His “thing” might be tough to de ne. But that hasn’t prevented him from becoming an important part of the bands of Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, and other jazz luminaries.
Encore The Cars
The debut album by one of new wave’s leading lights percolates with pop-drumming brilliance.
Influences Al Jackson Jr.
Few musicians have helped de ne a musical style as much as he did, with hundreds of records released by the legendary soul-music label Stax.
The veteran heavy-rock band Clutch reconvened with the famed producer/engineer Machine for the new album Earth Rocker. MD was invited to stop by the studio and get a firsthand account of what went down.
Portraits Pierre van der Linden
The Dutch progressive rock group Focus took America by storm in the ’70s with its wild instrumental hit “Hocus Pocus.” A brand-new album finds the band’s drummer playing as unhinged as ever.
New Drum Gear for 2013
Ten pages packed with the coolest equipment introduced at this year’s Winter NAMM Show.
Triplet Gear-Shifter 12-18-24 Exercise, Part 2
In the Pocket
Funk Drumming Training Camp Part 2: More Paradiddles and Musical Bass Drum Pattern
Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic
Double Bass Fills Overlapping Into the Next Phrase, Part 1
Jazz Drummer’s Workshop
Focus on Brushes From Basic Patterns to Advanced Techniques
In the Studio
Seeing Sounds Part 1: All-Purpose Pop/Rock
• ddrum Reflex RSL Powerhouse Drumset
• T-Cymbals La Pasion Turca, Swing King, and Janissary-X Series
• Evans Level 360 G1 Drumheads
• Ancient Tree 6½ x14 Conquistador Stave-Shell Heartwood Snare
• Boso Natural, Dark, and Strata Bamboo Drumsticks
Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond
AN EDITOR’S OVERVIEW
Listen for the Tone by Michael Dawson
Ask a Pro Mike Mangini, Brian Blade
• Leedy Professional Snare
• Mind Matters: The Singer Can’t Sing!
Showcase Featuring Drum Market
• GC Drum-O Finals
• Bonzo Bash
• Sabian Live
Kit of the Month Pop Drumming