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June 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 6

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Articles in June 2018

Heart’s Michael Derosier

Remembers Dog & Butterfly

by Patrick Berkery
Apr 25, 2018

Dashboard Confessional’s Ben Homola

Consummate touring/recording drummer Ben Homola has recently been sporting a new C&C drumkit on the road with alt-rock band Dashboard Confessional. “The C&C maple kit I have out on the road was built for this tour,” says Homola. “One thing…

Interview and Photos by Sayre Berman
Apr 25, 2018

Diego Arcaute with Juana Molina

Whether playing odd-time indie electronica, contemporary pop, or folkloric acoustic music, the Argentinian drummer brings a seasoned sensitivity and open mind to the studio and the stage.

Article by Adam Budofsky | Photo by Mariko Miura
Apr 25, 2018

Techra - XCarb Drumsticks

Light and fast carbon-fiber models designed for utmost durability.

by Michael Dawson
Apr 25, 2018

Rick Marotta

For the drummer, who’d built a sterling session and live career for nearly ten years with artists including John Lennon, Paul Simon, Jim Croce, James Taylor, and Steely Dan, 1978 was yet another super-busy year. In the studio, on the…

by Billy Amendola
Apr 25, 2018
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Ben Riley, Pat Torpey and Z’EV

Ben Riley: 1933-2017 Monk’s main man was the epitome of swing and style. Jazz drumming great Ben Riley died last November 18. He was eighty-four. Although best remembered for his high-profile 1964–67 tenure with the iconic pianist Thelonious Monk, Riley…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2018

Five-Note Phrasing - Part 2: Adding More Tension and Release

In this lesson we’ll continue exploring five-note phrases within a 16th-note subdivision. To become fluent with these groupings, you need to internalize where the five-note phrase begins and ends. To review, let’s reinforce the ability to hear the starting point…

by Marc Dicciani
Apr 25, 2018

Blake Richardson on Between the Buried and Me’s Automata, Part 1

Digging Into the Veteran Technical-Metal Group’s Latest Offering

by Willie Rose
Apr 25, 2018

Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Mike Mangini with Into the Great Divide, Legend of the Seagullmen with Danny Carey, and more

RECORDINGS Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording Two releases of fabled, much-bootlegged European jazz concerts are finally given proper treatment with remastered sound and impressive…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2018

Van Kleef - Ageless Collection 4.5x14 Snare

A spectacular specimen sporting a precious 1.5mm sterling silver shell.

by Michael Dawson
Apr 25, 2018

Introduction to Polyrhythms

How to Play Odd Groupings, Part 1

by Aaron Edgar
Apr 25, 2018

Must-Know Grooves - Disco, a Drumming Staple of the 1970s

In this new series we’ll be taking a close look at some of the most influential, practical, and essential drum grooves of all time, studying a pattern’s history and learning how to play it step-by-step. If you’re serious about getting…

by Jim Riley
Apr 25, 2018
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Foreigner’s Dennis Elliott

“I was blessed to land a gig as life-changing as Foreigner,” the London-born drummer Dennis Elliott says. “It was a band I totally believed in.” Elliott played with the group for seventeen years, powering solid-gold tracks like “Urgent,” “Feels Like…

by Robin Tolleson
Apr 25, 2018

Bubinga Behemoth

Drummer Matt Flacche, based in Marlton, New Jersey, custom-ordered and built this month’s monster setup, a 2017 Tama Starclassic Bubinga kit in satin natural cordia finish. With previous appearances in the September 2003, July 2007, and January 2009 issues, this…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2018

Drum Wisdom: Jim Mola

By his own admission, Jim Mola moved to New York in 1985 to set the world on fire as a drummer. Now, after thirty-three years of experience in the trenches as a working musician, the types of gigs he’s playing…

Article by by Keith Carne | Photos by John Fell
Apr 25, 2018

A Year in Transition

Photo by John Leiby There have been numerous landmark events in music history that have made certain years seem more significant than others, such as the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1750, which signified the end of the Baroque…

by Michael Dawson
Apr 25, 2018

Do I Need a Fallback Plan?

Part 1: Assessing Your Path

by Russ Miller
Apr 25, 2018

2017 Sydney Vintage and Custom Drum Expo

Australia’s finest craftsmen shine among celebrated international mainstays during a day of exhibits and performances.

Story by Bob Campbell | Photos by Michael Zaluzny
Apr 25, 2018
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Keith McMillen Instruments - BopPad

A seemingly simple USB pad controller with virtually limitless capabilities.

Michael Dawson
Apr 25, 2018

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