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May 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 05

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Articles in May 2019

Ani DiFranco’s Terence Higgins

Terence Higgins somehow manages to balance projects with Ani DiFranco, Don Was, George Porter & Ivan Neville, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, and Tab Benoit

Story by Robin Tolleson | Photos by Michael Alfred
Mar 27, 2019

Jharis Yokley with My Brightest Diamond

Innovative indie-pop act, My Brightest Diamond, embarked on a North American tour opening for the Canadian alternative group Stars.

by Willie Rose | Photo by Jay Pinho
Mar 27, 2019

Enduring Effort

The first time I saw MD at a shopping mall bookstore in the early 2000s, I remember thinking, Wait, someone makes a magazine for US?

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2019

The Duality of 16th-Note Meters

Time signatures such as 15/16, 17/16, and 29/16 can bring out anxiety in drummers who aren’t familiar with them. The truth of the matter is that they’re only slightly different from quarter-or 8th-note meters, which are far more common.

by Aaron Edgar
Mar 27, 2019
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What’s Your Favorite 2000s Metal Drumming Album?

Heavy metal underwent significant change between 2000 and 2010, as the genre continually split into new styles.

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2019

Ultimate Ears Pro UE 6 Pro

This month we look at the Ultimate Ears' UE 6 Pro custom molds, which were designed with gigging drummers in mind to provide high-quality sounds.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 27, 2019

Vintage Potpourri

David Levit, a drummer, educator, and sound engineer based in Mount Prospect, Illinois, pieced together this month’s featured kit from various vintage drums he collected throughout his career.

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2019

PASIC18

The Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention this past November 14–17 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Story by Michael Dawson | Photos by Miguel Monroy
Mar 27, 2019

Innovative Percussion

Two of IP’s latest signature designs are for legendary session drummer John “JR” Robinson and punk/metal great Brooks Wackerman.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 27, 2019

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase

Brian Chase should demand your attention. He is the rare musician who’s as much at home drumming behind the ecstatic yawp of punk legends the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as he is jousting with the cream of New York City’s improvising coterie.

Story by John Colpitts | Photos by John Fell
Mar 27, 2019

Pfeifer Drum Co. Snares

Pfeifer launched the brand in 2017 with the September series, which features an innovative snare design with nine lugs and off set snare wires.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 27, 2019
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Drum Wisdom: Bruce Becker

Bruce Becker is an L.A.-based teacher regarded as a guru of the mechanics of drumming. His colleagues refer to him as “Yoda,” “the Master,” “the Technique Guy.”

by Jacob Slichter
Mar 27, 2019

Bentley’s Drum Shop, Fresno, California

Take a short four-hour drive north out of Los Angeles up I-99, and you’ll find yourself in the little big town of Fresno, California.

Interview by John Martinez | Photos by Dean Kasparian
Mar 27, 2019

RBH Westwood Series Drumset

All RBH drum shells are handmade by Hagwood at the RBH shop in Virginia Beach, so there’s no difference in quality or craftsmanship between the Monarch and Westwood series.

by Michael Dawson
Mar 27, 2019

Josh Groban’s Kaz Rodriguez

Take a perusal of London-based drummer Kaz Rodriguez’s social media videos, and it quickly becomes evident that he cannot be easily pigeonholed.

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photos by Alex Solca
Mar 27, 2019

Spinbal

Spinbal is a unique ball-bearing-based washer allows for nearly endless sonic and visual possibilities and offers the benefit of extending the life of the cymbal itself.

by Brandy Laurel McKenzie
Mar 27, 2019

P!nk’s Mark Schulman

“Mark has been a special part of my band for twelve-plus years, during that time we’ve developed a super close-knit touring family,

by Billy Amendola
Mar 27, 2019
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Bow Thayer’s Jeff Berlin On His Solo Album Random Misfires

Berlin continues to reclaim musical ground and technical facility he thought he might lose forever.

by Will Romano
Apr 9, 2019

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