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September 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 9

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Articles in September 2018

Features

Nick D’Virgilio on Spock’s Beard’s Noise Floor

Diving Into the Prog Veterans’ Overdue Reunion

Article by Austin Burcham | Photo by Simon Hogg
Jul 31, 2018
Departments

An Evanescence Tribute

The U.K.–based drummer Ben McIlvenna assembled this customized Tama Silverstar for live gigs with his Evanescence tribute band, Fallen. McIlvenna tells MD that he’s been building the setup over the past five years. “It started out as a standard five-piece…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2018
Article by Ruben van Rompaey | Photo by Tom Dausner
Jul 31, 2018
Equipment

Alesis - Command Mesh Drumkit

A competitive entry-level setup with improved feel and sample upload capabilities.

by Stephen Bidwell
Jul 31, 2018
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Features

Underøath’s Aaron Gillespie

After nearly ten years away from the band he cofounded while still a teenager, the drummer returns with a new full-length, a 2018 world tour, and a fire in his belly.

Story by Ben Meyer | Photos by Dan Newman
Jul 31, 2018
Equipment

Istanbul Mehmet - Hamer Series Cymbals

Heavily hammered, dark-sounding cymbals with extra dry, trashy tones.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 31, 2018
Equipment

New Gear from Paiste, Promark, Roland, Tama, Ultimate Ears, Gon Bops and Drum Workshop!

Paiste PSTX 16" Cajon Crash and 12" Hi-Hats These cymbals were developed to match the sound characteristics of the cajon. The 16" multifunctional cymbal is said to respond quickly with an explosive, somewhat dirty crash that fades swiftly. Due to…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2018
Features

Head Over Heels' Dena Tauriello

The veteran drummer has entered a particularly fruitful phase of her career, playing the hot new musical Head Over Heels and ramping up her workload with Matchbox Twenty singer and solo star Rob Thomas. Each, in its own way, is the kind of gig she’s been preparing for forever.

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photos by John Fell
Jul 31, 2018
Departments

Courtney Barnett’s Dave Mudie

Alright drummers, let’s go over that international travel checklist one last time: suitcase, cell phone, cell phone charger, snare and cymbals (assuming there’s a backline kit being provided at your destination), sticks, in-ears, drum key, and, most importantly, your passport.…

by Patrick Berkery
Jul 31, 2018
Education

Hiding in Plain Sight - Musically Applying Odd Rhythms

Unless you’re playing in a technical prog-metal band, you may find it difficult to apply odd rhythmic ideas to songs without getting deathly glares from your bandmates. Although I wouldn’t suggest that you start cramming polyrhythms and septuplets into pop…

by Aaron Edgar
Jul 31, 2018
Departments

Donavan Hepburn with Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Fresh as ever, the English orchestral rock giant takes to the road while powered faithfully by the man behind the skins.

by Patrick Berkery
Jul 31, 2018
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An Editor's Overview

On the Road

I love our new series, “It Happened on the Road,” and this month’s piece on Courtney Barnett’s Dave Mudie is no exception. It’s wild considering what can happen when you throw a group of musicians into a bus, van, plane,…

Article by Willie Rose | Photo by Dave Hill
Jul 31, 2018
Equipment

Bone Custom Drums - Maple/Carbon Fiber Drumset

A modern-sounding kit with some vintage punch.

by Christopher Kozar
Jul 31, 2018
Equipment

Bishop Briggs’ Nik Hughes

MD caught up with Nik Hughes while he was on tour with British indie-pop artist Bishop Briggs to find out how he recreates for the stage the unique mixture of electronics and acoustic drums from Briggs’ recordings. “Our idea is…

Interview by Dave Previ | Photos by Heather Courtney
Jul 31, 2018
Departments

Margaret Glaspy’s Tim Kuhl

Tim Kuhl’s musical background is rooted in classical percussion and jazz. But in recent years, electronica artists, who can captivate crowds with little more than a laptop and quick-thinking musical minds, have seduced the drummer into conceptualizing outside—and inside—the “box.”…

by Will Romano
Jul 31, 2018
Interview by Patrick Berkery
Jul 31, 2018
Departments

Matt Starr on Mr. Big’s Live From Milan

The latest live release from the seminal rock hitmakers documents one of the group’s last performances with their founding sticksman, Pat Torpey.

by Willie Rose
Jul 31, 2018
Education

Must-Know Grooves - Demystifying the Half-Time Shuffle

In This Lesson What are the characteristics of the half-time shuffle? Which drummers defined this groove? Which songs feature the half-time shuffle? https://vimeo.com/282012161 This month we’re tackling a groove that has confounded drummers for more than forty years: The half-time…

by Jim Riley
Jul 31, 2018
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