(Available digitally May 27, 2014; on newsstands June 3, 2014)

On the Cover

Omar Hakim

The past couple years have seen him take the superstar EDM duo Daft Punk to (old) school and also put out his most fully realized solo statement to date.
-by Robin Tolleson

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July 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine Featuring Omar HakimJuly 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Table of Contents Featuring Omar HakimFEATURING

Hitting the Stage
Tama’s 40th Anniversary Celebration The buzz at NAMM.
-by Mike Haid

What Do You Know About…? John “Twink” Alder
Recollections of rock’s wildest days.
-by Will Romano

Great Drum Covers
Classic album art with the drums front and center.

Shirazette Tinnin
The woman behind one of this year’s most compelling debuts.
-by Ken Micallef

Anup Sastry
The drummer with Intervals is all about drama and detail.
-by Ben Meyer

Gerald Cleaver
A multidisciplinary master moves forward with purpose.
-by Ken Micallef

Get Good: Being the New Guy
Famous fill-ins Todd Sucherman and Simon Phillips share what they’ve learned from the experience.
-by Mike Haid

A Different View Arturo O’Farrill
“I told the drum soloists that it was about making a statement—being an activist on their instruments.”
-by Jeff Potter

Up & Coming – Valentino Arteaga Of Mice and Men’s raging rhythmatist.
-by Stephen Bidwell


Off the Record Ricky Lawson
Classic Yellowjackets Tracks
-by Mike Casano

Basics Balance Builders
Simple Exercises to Increase Control
-by Jayson Brinkworth

Strictly Technique Rhythm and Timing
Part 5: Single 8th-Note Triplet Partials and Bonus Exercises
-by Bill Bachman

Around the World Afro-Cuban Bell Independence
Progressive Exercises for Freeing Up the Limbs
-by Powell Randolph

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Syncopation Revisited
Part 2: 3/4 Applications
-by Steve Fidyk


Shop Talk
• Slingerland Radio King Drumsets

Product Close-Up
• Canopus Stave Bubinga Drumset
• Grover Pro Custom Snare Drums
• Scymtek Xtreme and Modern
Series Cymbals
• Gator Protechtor Evolution Series
Snare Case

Electronic Review Alesis DM7X Drumset

Gearing Up
Capital Cities’ Channing Cook Holmes

New and Notable


• The Spice of Life
-by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform


Ask a Pro – Tobias Ralph, Alan Dawson

It’s Questionable The Doctor Is In: High Blood Pressure
and Drumming

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


In Memoriam Ricky Lawson, Sam Ulano

Kit of the Month – Ticket to Ride

and more!