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Articles in February 2018

Moeller Through the Chapin Lens

Examining Upstroke and Downstroke Mechanics

by Claus Hessler
Dec 28, 2017

Pearl Jam/Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron Enlists David Bowie’s Blackstar Drummer, Mark Guiliana, for His Latest Solo Album

Photo by Danny Clinch Matt Cameron may be widely known as the drummer with two iconic bands, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, but those who’ve followed his career closely know he’s also a multi-instrumentalist who occasionally releases music as a leader.…

Interview by Ken Micallef
Jan 11, 2018

Elizabeth Goodfellow With Iron & Wine

The drummer, percussionist, and vocalist invigorates a seasoned indie artist’s new album and extensive back catalog.

by Willie Rose
Dec 28, 2017

Matt Wilson - The Ambassador of Unvention

An experienced pursuer of the unfamiliar, and a compassionate leader who’s unafraid to unleash, the eternally curious drummer carves a unique way along his journey of musical discovery—all the while bringing as many of us along as he can. During…

Story by Willie Rose | Photos by John Abbott
Dec 28, 2017

Bebop Syncopation

Part 2: Philly Joe Jones

Article by Mike Alfieri | Photo by Saulmon C. Addison
Dec 28, 2017

JD McPherson’s Jason Smay

He might’ve had his sights set on a different musical path, but the skills he honed sure come in handy today, driving the tunes of one of the coolest roots rockers on the scene.

Story by Patrick Berkery | Photos by Rick Malkin
Dec 28, 2017

Sonny Emory

On the advantage of formal study. Formal study is paramount for any drummer who’s looking to be versatile enough to sustain a career. Unless you happen to be lucky enough to be in a band that’s already successful. But being…

Interview by Bob Girouard | Photo by Petra Turk
Dec 28, 2017

Around and Around We Go

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already turned the corner toward another year, and Modern Drummer is celebrating forty-two years of publishing in 2018. While that pales in comparison to the 4.54 billion times this rock we live on has…

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017

Exploring Five-Over-Three

Mastering a Difficult Grouping, Step by Step

by Aaron Edgar
Dec 28, 2017

Understanding and Utilizing Fear

Tips for Turning Anxiety Into Achievement

by Mark Schulman
Dec 28, 2017

Jim Eno of Spoon

For three consecutive nights during the 2017 South by Southwest conference, the Austin punk rock mecca Emo’s was temporarily christened Eno’s in honor of the headlining band’s drummer.

Story by Stephen Bidwell | Photos by Jessica Alexander
Dec 28, 2017

New Gear from SJC, OCDP, Protection Racket, Rhythm House Drums, DrumLite, and Black Swamp!

SJC Custom Drums Foundation Series Hardware The Foundation series of hardware offers professional-quality, heavy-duty stands and pedals. The X line features double-braced legs, gearless cymbal tilters, and hinged memory locks. The Flatline series includes double-braced flat-base cymbal stands. The six-piece,…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2017

DW - 5000 Series Lowboy Hi-Hat

A modernized throwback to the original sock cymbal.

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017

Booker Stardrum

The drummer, who grew up in a household steeped in top-level twentieth-century classical music performance, has built up an impressive résumé featuring some of the most compelling experimental pop and rock groups of the past decade. He’s also released an…

Story by Adam Budofsky | Photos by Alex Solca
Dec 28, 2017

Hendrix - Perfect Ply Series Drumset

A warmer and rounder-sounding 4-ply counterpart to the company’s hi-fi, snappy stave setups.

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017

The Fundamentals of 3/4 Rock

Where to Play the Backbeat

by Joel Rothman
Dec 28, 2017

Italian Vintage Drums and Cymbals

Vintage drum expert Luca Luciano’s book is a fascinating introduction to some of the most unusual drums you’ll likely never see.

by Adam Budofsky
Dec 28, 2017

Vater - Acorn Tip and Player’s Design Drumstick Additions

Uniquely shaped signature models and a classic-shaped bead for the most popular sizes.

by Michael Dawson
Dec 28, 2017

Tony Newman

A true survivor, this swashbuckling British drummer brings tales from the golden age of rock ’n’ roll excess—and some of the heaviest performances of the era.

Story by Will Romano | Photos by Jeff Ragland
Dec 28, 2017