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Articles in January 2019

The Modern Drummer Guide to Reading Rhythms - Part 2

Part 2: Whole Notes, Half Notes, and Quarter Notes

by Miguel Monroy
Nov 30, 2018

Death Cab for Cutie’s Jason McGerr

Close Your Eyes, and Listen

Story by Stephen Bidwell | Photos by Alex Solca
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

A Different Approach to Flams

Developing Technique in a Modern Metal Context

by Aaron Edgar
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

Milford Graves

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.

by John Colpitts
Nov 30, 2018

Tama - S.L.P. Series Drumsets

The acclaimed and affordable snare line expands with versatile full kits.

by Christopher Kozar
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Interview by Brandy Laurel McKenzie | Photos by Maclay Heriot
Nov 30, 2018

Warm-Ups and Mobility Guidance

Part 1: Stretching Facts and Myths

by Brandon Green
Nov 30, 2018

Pataflafla Builders and Shifters

Adding Syncopation to the Essential Rudiment

by Bill Bachman
Nov 30, 2018

Halestorm's Arejay Hale Modern Rock Trailblazers

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…

Story by Willie Rose | Photos by Rick Malkin
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2018

Bobby Sanabria

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.

by Jeff Potter
Nov 30, 2018

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.

Story by Willie Rose | Photo by Marc Lowenstein
Nov 30, 2018

LCD/Legado - B20 Bronze Snares

A limited run of rolled-shell drums built from handcrafted Turkish cymbals.

by Michael Dawson
Nov 30, 2018

Voices Refined

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…

Article by Willie Rose | Photo by Dave Hill
Nov 30, 2018

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…

Story by Jon Wurster | Photos by John Fell
Nov 30, 2018