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May 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 5

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Articles in May 2018

Backbeats

The 42nd Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention and Cascio Music Drummerfest 2017

The 42nd Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention Clinics and performances abound as the industry’s biggest names gather for drumming’s largest event This past November 8–11, thousands of drummers and percussionists of all levels gathered at the Indiana Convention Center in…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2018
Equipment

Tune-Bot - Studio Digital Tuner

A more accurate, user-friendly, and feature-laden version of the groundbreaking digital drum tuner.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 28, 2018
Features

John McLaughlin’s Ranjit Barot

Drumming in the 4th Dimension

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Paul La Raia
Mar 28, 2018
Equipment

Yamaha - Tour Custom Drumset

An aptly named series designed to bring full, versatile tones to any stage and at an economical price.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 28, 2018
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Departments

The Elf’s Giant

For Eddie “the Elf” Piotrowski of Edison, New Jersey, it took more than ten years of collecting and assembling to build this month’s monster setup. Piotrowski explains that his extensive collection of individual drums and reclaimed sets, which includes a…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2018
Story by Patrick Berkery Photos by Alex Solca
Mar 28, 2018
Departments

What’s Your Favorite 1980s Metal or Hard Rock Drumming Album?

This month we dive into the third installment of our series on great ’80s drumming performances with a focus on metal and hard rock tracks. As usual we asked MD readers and social media followers for their take on the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2018
Education

Travis Orbin on Silly String II

Exploring the Session Guru’s Latest Chop-Infused Labyrinth

by Austin Burcham
Mar 28, 2018
Features

Paramore’s Zac Farro

Spending your teenage years making records and touring the world on a rocket ship to stardom is every young musician’s fantasy. Choosing to jump off that rocket while it’s still on a steady ascent may seem like madness. For this…

Story by David Ciauro | Photos by Lindsey Byrnes
Mar 28, 2018
Education

Five-Note Phrasing

Part 1: Creating Rhythmic Tension

by Marc Dicciani
Mar 28, 2018
Features

Eric Clapton's Jamie Oldaker

After forty years, the famed Eric Clapton cohort’s career is coming full circle.

Interview by Bob Girouard | Photo by Phil Clarkin
Mar 28, 2018
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Equipment

New Drum Gear from Tama, Remo, Rogers, Etymotic Research, Vic Firth and Ahead!

Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Duo Drumkit Tama’s new Superstar Hyper-Drive Duo features maple shells with black nickel hardware, die-cast hoops, and the aluminum Star-Cast mounting system. The 10x14 Duo snare drum doubles as a floor tom and an extra-deep snare. The…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2018
Features

Next to None’s Max Portnoy

Within the international drumming community, the name Portnoy is synonymous with progressive metal. Through his work with Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, and, most recently, Sons of Apollo, Mike Portnoy has garnered every award and accolade imaginable…

Story and photo by Mike Haid
Mar 28, 2018
Departments

Guitar Center Destination Drum Shops

With more than 280 stores from coast to coast offering just about everything in the way of musical instruments, accessories, and audio gear, you’d think that the retail giant Guitar Center could easily rest on its laurels. “No way,” says…

Interview by Bob Girouard | Photos courtesy of Guitar Center
Mar 28, 2018
by Ilya Stemkovsky
Mar 28, 2018
Equipment

101 Drums - 5.5x14 Woodfiber Snare

Lightweight and weather-resistant shell with a big, robust sound.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 28, 2018
Departments

Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin

For the second incarnation of the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, as heard on its new album, The Parable, the mighty drummer, who came to prominence in the ’90s with the Smashing Pumpkins, gathered players from East and West Coasts to create…

by Ken Micallef
Mar 28, 2018
Critique

Terri Lyne Carrington with Lewis Porter, Blake Richardson with Between the Buried and Me, Virgil Donati with IceFish, and More!

RECORDINGS Between the Buried and Me Automata Part I The progressive metal veterans release their highly anticipated eighth full-length album. Drummer BLAKE RICHARDSON somehow takes it up a notch. Once again Blake Richardson’s fluent, musical playing is rendered brilliantly by producer…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2018
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