(Available digitally November 26, 2014; on newsstands December 2, 2014)

On the Cover

Dave Weckl

On a pair of distinct new projects, the legendary fusion drummer states his ambitions loud and clear. By Ilya Stemkovsky.

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Hitting the Stage Michael Blair at Norway’s Træna Festival

Encore Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Catching Up With… Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin /// Lady Antebellum’s Chris Tyrrell (Click here for supplemental video content)

Ryan Van Poederooyen Devin Townsend’s rhythmic rock

Sebastien Grainger Riotous with Death From Above 1979

Up & Coming Kurt Elling’s Bryan Carter


Basics: Radio Beats
7 Real-World Applications of Essential, Time-Honored Grooves – by Rich Redmond
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Strictly Technique: Consecutive Flams
Style and Analysis – by Bill Bachman

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Bebop Pioneer Stan Levey
Focus on Unison Exercises – by Steve Fidyk

In the Pocket: The Commandments of the Half-Time Shuffle
Part 3: 10 Classic Tracks – by Zoro

Around the World: Samba Songo
Hybrid Grooves Blending Classic Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Patterns – by Peter Magadini
Samba Songo Demo MP3 | Samba Songo w/ Track MP3

Drum Soloist: Solid Soloing
Part 2: Changing Note Rates – by James Murphy

Concepts: Where’s the Art?
Thoughts on the Current State of Affairs – Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Craviotto Vintage Series Poplar Drumset
• Dunnett Classic Drums 2N Series Snares
Steel MP3 | Brass MP3 | Aluminum MP3
• Evans Heavyweight Series Drumheads
• Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Additions
Up-Tempo Example MP3 | Slow Blues Example MP3
• Off-Set
Big Boy Bass Drum Pedal

Electronic Insights: Drum Miking 101
Part 1: Single-Microphone Setups – by John Emrich
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Gearing Up
• Drum Wars’ Carmine and Vinny Appice

New and Notable


Shu in’ by Michael Parillo

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable The Doctor Is In: How Do I Treat a Pinched Nerve?

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


Backbeats 2014 DCI World Championship Results

Kit of the Month Holiday Cheer

and more!