(Available digitally December 30, 2014; on newsstands January 6, 2015)

On the Cover

King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin

“It’s doing everything that drummers normally do, but in an entirely different way.” So says Bill Rieflin, the latest drummer to join the venerated progressive-rock group led by guitarist Robert Fripp. And “different” is certainly what we’ve come to expect from the professor and his revolving cast of musical brothers—though no one could have predicted the sheer magnitude of KC’s latest percussive onslaught. By Michael Parillo.

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February 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill RieflinFebruary 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer Table of ContentsFEATURES

Get Good Hang Chops: The other social media

Catching Up With… Terry Bozzion /// Steve Gorman /// Prairie Prince

Understand Indian Rhythmic Concepts These waters are deep—are you ready?

Greg Morrow Hangin’ with a first-call Nashville vet.

Chaun Dupre Horton He’s all about moving feet—and emotions.

Carmine Covelli Positive vibrations with the Julie Ruin.

Up & Coming Kelis’s Brittany Brooks is ready for takeoff.


Basics: The Lindy Beat
The Grooviest of Early Rock ’n’ Roll Rhythms – by Rich Redmond (Click here for supplemental video content)

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Tony Williams’ Fives
How to Master Fast Five-Note Ride Patterns – by Greg Sundel

Strictly Technique: Consecutive Flams
Part 3: Inverted Motion – by Bill Bachman

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic: Odd Groupings Over Samba
Combining Concepts for Creative Coordination Development – by Mike Johnston (Click here for supplemental video content)

Concepts: Creating Opportunity
Five Key Components for the Working Drummer – by Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Premier Modern Classic Club Drumset (Click here for supplemental video content)
• Kellers Magnum Series Drum Shells
• Tama 40th Anniversary Superstar Reissue Snare (Click here for supplemental video content)
• Paiste PST7 Series Cymbals
• Eccentric Systems FlatHeadz Hoops
• Big Fat Snare Drum Mufflers

Electronic Insights: Drum Miking 101
Part 2: Two-Microphone Setups – by John Emrich (Click here for supplemental video content)

Shop Talk
• Get the Sound You Want From Your Drums! Part 2: Drumset Tuning

Gearing Up
• Rise Against’s Brandon Barnes

New and Notable


Quick Touring Tips by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable Mind Matters: The Approach-Avoidance Confliict

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique Featuring Taking the Reins

In Memoriam Idris Muhammad – by Stanton Moore

Kit of the Month Psychedelic ’60s

and more!