(on newsstands January 7, 2014)

On the Cover

Marky Ramone

He’s the original punk-rock drummer—but his career actually started years earlier, in the beloved proto-metal band Dust. And he’s still as tough as nails.

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• The Devil Wears Prada’s Daniel Williams
• Electronic DJ and drummer Robert DeLong

Woodshed – Mike Froedge’s Open Sky Studio
The drummer/engineer’s facility in downtown Atlanta stands apart with tons of atmosphere—and mountains of drums.

Encore – Heart, Little Queen
The passion and power of drummer Michael Derosier

Setting Sights – Jamey Haddad
Paul Simon’s percussionist  finds sonic solutions with a new line of Crescent cymbals.

Portraits – Squidly Cole
He’s a link between old and new Jamaican sounds, touring with Jimmy Cliff as a teenager in the ’80s and riding the cutting edge of modern reggae hybrids today.

Influences – Danny Seraphine
Chicago’s founding drummer made rock safe for jazz.

Modern Drummer Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – A photo essay covering MD’s latest foray into live performance and instruction.

Andrew Cyrille – Shattering conventions and redefining rhythms in the now.

Classical Roots – Part 5: Steve Reich
The influential composer has opened pathways to rhythmic creativity that simply didn’t exist before.

Up & Coming – John Clardy
The drummer felt he’d hit a ceiling—until he hooked up with the art-rock band Tera Melos.

What Do You Know About…? – Melvin Davis
“I was a very adventurous person—I would try everything.” And today the Detroit soul legend’s experiments are  finding a whole new audience.

First Person – Scott Devours
What happens when an opportunity to play with the Who drops in your lap? You grab that bull by the horns, that’s what!


Strictly Technique
• Shifting Gears 3 Paradiddle Exercises for Strengthening Subdivisions

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic
• Flamacue Variations 26 Ways to Apply the Standard Rudiment to the Drumset

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop
• Approaching Standards Musical Practice, Part 3: Language and Vernacular

Off the Record
• Classic Studio Performances Simon Phillips on Pete Townshend’s “Give Blood”


Product Close-Up
ddrum Paladin Walnut Speakeasy Drumset
Zildjian A Series Cymbals
• Kenner B.O.B. Maple/Hickory Drumsticks
• MagneTone Player and Concert Series Snare Drums
• Stageworks Nonslip Pedal Mats
• Auralex HoverDeck Isolation Riser and HoverMat Portable Acoustic Barrier

Electronic Review
• Korg NanoPAD2 USB Controller

Gearing Up
The Cult’s John Tempesta

Collectors Corner
• WFL Twin Strainer Snare

New and Notable


• The Experience of a Lifetime by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform

Ask a Pro – Dave DiCenso, Phil Rudd

It’s Questionable: Doubles on Shakers?

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique Taking the Reins

Backbeats – KoSA 18

Kit of the Month – Gift Rapping

and more!