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June 2022:
Karen Carpenter: Close To Her Drums

Karen Carpenter’s intuitive choice of instruments was drums, but she had to break down a few invisible walls, crack a few glass ceilings, and crash a few cymbals along the way. However, by the height of her career with her brother Richard in the mid-1970s, millions of people loved drummer/singer …


May 1983:
Karen Carpenter 1950-1983
In Memoriam

On February 3rd, Karen Carpenter died of a massive cardiac arrest.


November 1982:
Liberty DeVitto
Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto’s personality reflects a man who is seemingly unaffected by his tremendous success.


December 2013:
What Do You Know About…Karen Carpenter?

One of the most iconic vocalists in pop history was also a drummer—and a damned good one. So why do we still need reminding?


April 2001:
April 2001 – Volume 25 • Number 4

Billy Martin, Luis Conte, Tommy Stewart, Marco Minnemann, Vernel Fournier, Rob Bourdon, Jim Chapin, Scott Amendola, Mike Portnoy, Kirk Covington, Terry Silverlight, Karen Carpenter, David Garibaldi, Tony Verderosa, Ken Vogel, Peter Erskine, Osami Mizuno, Ron Spagnardi, Michael Miller, Lauren Vogel Weiss, Jeff Kersh



Posted: May 2, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Purple’s Hanna Brewer on Bodacious

Texas trio Purple has released its second album, Bodacious, which makes for another great showcase for Hanna Brewer’s many talents. Modern Drummer Online asked Brewer about the making of album, and about her background as a singing drummer….


Posted: May 11, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Instruments

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for drummers to learn to play other instruments (piano, bass, guitar, etc.), or should they focus on honing their craft at the kit exclusively? Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: November 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
December 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring George “Spanky” McCurdy

(on newsstands November 5, 2013) On the Cover George “Spanky” McCurdy “I’m always aware of what the fans need and what the artist is trying to do. If I’m coming in, it’s time to go higher, time to upgrade.” Lady Gaga’s drummer doesn’t mince words—but why be shy when you’ve …


Posted: September 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Hey, all, Russell Simins from the one and only Blues Explosion here. I play drums and write music with bandmates Jon Spencer and Judah Bauer, two of the greatest guitarists I know, and I know a lot of them.


Posted: May 29, 2012

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Karen Carpenter Drum Solo (Video)

This is a sequence from the Carpenters’ 1976 television special. Karen, who possessed one of the greatest voices in pop history, as evidenced in hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “For All We Know,” and “Superstar,” was a drummer since high school, and even played on early Carpenters recordings. (continue …


Posted: March 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Walsh of the Stepkids

I’m Tim Walsh of the Stepkids, and I’m excited to be on here and hope to add to the wealth of knowledge that is MD’s awesome thirty-five-year history…


Posted: August 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jess Bowen of the Summer Set

My name is Jess Bowen, and this is my second blog for MD. If this is your first time reading, here’s a basic run-through of my band and myself…


Posted: May 15, 2009

Rebekah Petrel of Petrel : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Petrel's Rebekah Petrel

I’m twenty years old and a singer/songwriter/musician and drummer/keyboard player for Petrel, a rock/pop band my sisters Jessica and Destiny…


Posted: May 15, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Petrel’s Rebekah Petrel

I’m twenty years old and a singer/songwriter/musician and drummer/keyboard player for Petrel, a rock/pop band my sisters Jessica and Destiny…


Posted: January 10, 2008

Antigone Rising's Dena Tauriello : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Antigone Rising's Dena Tauriello

Hi, MD readers. These days I do some session work and teaching, but my main gig is with the all-female NYC—based rock band Antigone Rising. I’ve been with them for over nine years, and it’s been an amazing journey. During this time we’ve gone from indie band, to major-label act, …


Posted: January 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Antigone Rising’s Dena Tauriello

Hi, MD readers. These days I do some session work and teaching, but my main gig is with the all-female NYC—based rock band Antigone Rising. I’ve been with them for over nine years, and it’s been an amazing journey. During this time we’ve gone from indie band, to major-label act, …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Hal Blaine

Paving the way for some of the great studio musicians of our time, like Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro, and John JR Robinson, were Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine. MD recently sat down with the jovial drummer to walk a bit down memory lane.



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