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September 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 9

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Articles in September 2019

Out Now

John Sparrow on the Violent Femmes' Hotel Last Resort

The perennially popular folk-punk group celebrates nearly forty years with their tenth studio full-length, powered by a longtime percussionist with a unique setup.

by Willie Rose
Jul 31, 2019
On Tour

Bruno Esrubilsky with Mitski

Bruno Esrubilsky grew up in Rio de Janeiro, feasting on a hearty diet of progressive rock and Brazilian ethnic music.

Story by Willie Rose, Photo by Jeni Magana
Jul 31, 2019
New and Notable

New Gear From Mattoon, IK Multimedia, Pearl, Latin Percussion and More

New Gear from Mattoon, Tama, Pearl, Latin Percussion, Gon Bops, and more.

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2019
An Editor's Overview

A Common Fabric

Nir “Z” Zidkyahu, this month’s featured cover artist, was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel. The session master, who’s now based near Nashville—America’s Music City—built a substantial career fueling a heap of contemporary hits behind the skins with artists such as…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2019
Product Close-Up

Kuppmen Carbon Fiber Drumsticks and Drumrods

Kuppmen Music, a revival of the Carbostick company, which ceased production in 2013, offers a line of drumsticks and rods made from carbon fiber that claim to offer greater durability with minimal change in feel or sound.

Stephen Bidwell
Jul 31, 2019
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In The Studio

O.A.R.'s Chris Culos

Chris Culos has come a long way since 1996, when he and bandmate Marc Roberge started O.A.R. in the basement of his childhood home.

Story and photos by Sayre Berman
Jul 31, 2019
Features

Billie Eilish’s Andrew Marshall

With today's fastest-rising and most intriguing pop singer, the drummer uses all the stylistic and technological skills he's learned over the years to bracing effect.

Story by Martin Patmos | Photos by Alex Solca
Jul 31, 2019
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Funkify Your Swing

As mentioned previously, combining funk rhythms into a swing style can be helpful for players looking for new accompaniment language.

By Steve Fidyk
Jul 31, 2019
Industry Happenings

Remembering Sara Romweber

The Let’s Active drummer left an indelible mark on southern alternative rock—and was taken much too soon.

by Jon Wurster
Jul 31, 2019
Gearing Up

Josh Freese With the Vandals

"I have two kits at my house. One is set up in my studio with microphones on it, so that never leaves. This kit is what I use for quick gigs here and there."

Interview by John Martinez | Photos by Alex Solca
Jul 31, 2019
Retailer Profile

Nelson Drum Shop, Nashville, TN

Since he arrived in Nashville in 2015, Nelson has gone from playing on the contemporary Christian scene and selling the unique drums he’d amassed while by appointment only from his garage.

by Patrick Berkery
Jul 31, 2019
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Critique

Recordings: Taking The Reins

Herlin Riley's new outing as a leader, Justin Faulkner with Branford Marsalis, a Michel Petrucciani Trio vault recording featuring Roy Haynes, Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd with Randy Waldman, and more.

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2019
On the Cover

Nir Z

Perfectly Unpredictable

Story by Michael Dawson | Photos by Chad Crawford
Jul 31, 2019
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Bucks County Drum Co. Prime Series Criterion Cherry Drumset

The Prime series provides an alternative to his flagship Semi Solid custom line for players looking for a more traditional ply-shell drumset without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 31, 2019
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Canopus Stabilized Wood Snares

Japanese drum maker Canopus has been building some of the most musical and meticulously crafted snares and kits since its foundation in 1977.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 31, 2019
Features

Boredoms' YoshimiO

YoshimiO is a multi-instrumentalist and creative force at the center of a number of extraordinary musical powerhouses in Japanese experimental music.

by John Colpitts
Jul 31, 2019
Readers' Platform

What's Your Favorite Recorded Jazz Drum Sound?

Modern Drummer readers weigh in on what is their favorite recorded jazz drum sound.

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2019
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Roland TM-1 Trigger Module and RT-MicS Mic/Trigger

Not only is Roland a leading manufacturer of professional-quality e-kits, but it’s also dedicated considerable research and development into smaller, simpler products that allow acoustic drummers to expand their sonic palettes with electronics.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 31, 2019
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