January 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 1
Articles in January 2019
Modern Drummer 2019 Readers Poll
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Halestorm's Arejay Hale
More than twenty years into their career, the modern rock trailblazers Halestorm continue to scale the genre’s highest peaks. And on the band’s latest release, their energetic drummer and founding member got a chance to fully explore his true voice…
Inspiration is as important as information to this famed performer and educator. His latest project provides heaps of both, as it reimagines a great American musical tale.
Death Cab for Cutie’s Jason McGerr
Close Your Eyes, and Listen
A new documentary on the drummer artfully reveals a player and educator who’s long been uneasy with typical learning methods. But his commitment to musical communication and self-actualization has resulted in his being considered one of the most revered musical voices of our time.
Pataflafla Builders and Shifters
Adding Syncopation to the Essential Rudiment
Polyrhythmic Bass Drum Workout
Challenging Your Endurance and Time
A Different Approach to Flams
Developing Technique in a Modern Metal Context
Warm-Ups and Mobility Guidance
Part 1: Stretching Facts and Myths
Tama - S.L.P. Series Drumsets
The acclaimed and affordable snare line expands with versatile full kits.
Tackle Instrument Supply - Backpack Cymbal Bag
A top-quality canvas-and-leather option inspired by the past but built to last.
Turkish Cymbals - Chris Wabich Travel Set
A simple three-piece configuration designed to provide classic tones that’ll fit in a carry-on bag.
Mr. Muff - Vintage Sound Tools
Fluffy, furry stick and beater attachments for soft, attack-free tones.
LCD/Legado - B20 Bronze Snares
A limited run of rolled-shell drums built from handcrafted Turkish cymbals.
Portugal. The Man’s Jason Sechrist
Portugal. The Man’s Jason Sechrist first spotted Ludwig’s new hot pink Vistalite kit at Summer NAMM 2018. Although it took a few months for his to arrive, it was worth the wait. This stunning set fits perfectly into the lefty…
John Bonham’s First Ludwig Kit
Chasing Down the 1969 Thermo-Gloss Behemoth
New Gear from Gretsch, Vic Firth, Porter & Davies, and Croaker!
Gretsch New Nitron Laminate and Lacquer Finishes Several durable Nitron laminates and lacquer finishes have been added to Gretsch’s Renown, Catalina, and Energy series. The Catalina Club four-piece jazz configuration is now available in Blue Satin Flame laminate, Renown kits…
What’s Your Favorite ’90s Rock Drumming Album?
From the emergence of grunge and nü metal to evolutions seen in alternative and indie styles, rock music underwent significant change throughout the 1990s. Here we check in with our readers and social media followers to see which rock drumming…
J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell on Everything’s OK by Whose Hat Is This?
The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s killer double-drummers slay on their second completely improvised side-project release.
Pat McGee with Stars
On the road, the drummer melds acoustic and electronic elements to propel the indie veterans’ infectious tunes.
New Releases from Bill Stewart, Gerry Gibbs, and more!
RECORDINGS Spin Cycle Assorted Colors A group that’s greater than the sum of their top-notch parts. Spin Cycle is led by drummer Scott Neumann and sax player Tom Christensen, and features guitarist Pete McCann and bassist Phil Palombi. Each has…
The Patti Smith Group's “Because the Night”
The saying “It takes a village” certainly applies to the Patti Smith Group’s breakthrough single “Because the Night.” Bruce Springsteen wrote the song around the time of his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town. Jimmy Iovine, who engineered…
Gang of Four’s Solid Gold
One of the downsides of making a groundbreaking, influential album is that your other records often get overlooked. So it goes with Leeds, U.K., post-punk trailblazers Gang of Four. While the band’s 1979 debut LP, Entertainment!, is rightfully hailed as…
The 2018 DCI World Championship Results
Some of drumming’s best young rudimental talents compete for the ultimate title.
A Custom Cocktail
John Cutbill, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wanted a kit that was portable and had a small footprint, although he didn’t want to sacrifice the functionality and sound of a typical full-size drumset. So he sketched an initial design of…
In conversation, this month’s cover artist, Arejay Hale, exudes excitement. That should come as no surprise if you’ve ever seen him play with Halestorm, the rock group he started as a youngster. But as I listened back to our conversation…