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On the Beat With Chris Reeve of Filter: Connecting and Creating Relationships

Chris Reeve (photo by Anna Sklavos) What’s up, Modern Drummer readers? I’m Chris Reeve, drummer for the band Filter. It’s an honor to be featured on here. This has been the most intense year of my life—getting the call to…

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Oct 2, 2015

On the Beat With Robert Garza of Shattered Sun: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Spotlight

How’s it going, Modern Drummer reader? My name is Robert Garza, and I play drums for a band called Shattered Sun out of Texas. We are a melodic metal band with thrash influences, as well as uplifting chorus, riffy guitars,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 10, 2015

Ilan Rubin Performs and Discusses “Smokescreen,??? from the New Regime’s Exhibit B

Nine Inch Nails/Angels and Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin has been creating music under the New Regime banner for nearly a decade. The multi-instrumentalist recently dropped by the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage room to play and talk about the musical process…

Modern Drummer
May 11, 2015

News: Billy Cobham to Stream Live Concert from Ronnie Scott’s

With tickets to his sold out shows in such high demand, Ronnie Scott’s has announced that it will be streaming drum legend Billy Cobham’s full performance on Friday, February 27 at 11:15 pm BST. The live web stream of Cobham…

Modern Drummer
Feb 24, 2015

Daniel Glass Clinics

Daniel Glass will be putting on live clinics this week: Thursday, September 18, The Collective School Of Music, New York, NY. 7:00 P.M., free. Friday, September 19, University of Massuchusetts, Amherst, MA. 3:00 P.M., free. Saturday, September 20, The Boston Drum…

Modern Drummer
Sep 16, 2014

VIDEO! Aaron Comess and the Spin Doctors Live in NYC On November 23, 2013, Modern Drummer hosted a special evening with the Spin Doctors and drummer Aaron Comess at the Cutting Room in New York City. The night began with NYC radio personality Maria Milito of Q104.3 introducing a…

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Sep 4, 2014

East Coast Drum Jam Set for September 21st

The East Coast Drum Jam will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom at US Hwy 1 South in Princeton, New Jersey. Pre-order tickets are available online for $25 at, or you can purchase…

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Sep 3, 2014

VIDEO! Syncopation Revisited, Part 5: Brazilian Applications

September 2014 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Syncopation Revisited Part 4: Brazilian Applications by Steve Fidyk We continue our series on ways to interpret the classic Ted Reed book Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by applying Brazilian rhythms and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 11, 2014

Anup Sastry Videos: “Ephemeral??? and “The Escape??? by Intervals

Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us. “Writing drums for Intervals is a lot of fun,” says Anup. “Guitarist Aaron…

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Jul 8, 2014

Billy Joel A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

Essentially an expanded rerelease of Billy Joel’s 1987 live album, Концерт, the double-CD/Blu-ray/DVD package A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia delivers unreleased audio and a more complete performance of the album’s companion concert film, Live in Leningrad. It…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 2014

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration The Painted Caravan

Peter Ulrich is concerned with the song first on The Painted Caravan (City Canyons/AIS), a grand mix of folk and world music, though each track boasts an interesting array of percussion, including djembe, Turkish cymbals, and temple blocks, which sets…

Modern Drummer
Apr 4, 2014

Mastodon Live at Brixton

On February 11, 2012, Mastodon played a sold-out show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. It was the band’s largest headlining concert to date, with the nearly 5,000 in attendance privy to a metal event for the ages. Luckily, the group…

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Mar 14, 2014

VIDEO - Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats With Steve Lukather Play “We All Swing the Tuna??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

  Check out this video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith leading his band the Bombastic Meatbats at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals,  held this past January 18. The band, which also consists of guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboard…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2014

MD Contributor Stephen Bidwell on Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas

While we have a different festival of some kind nearly every other week here in Austin, Texas, one seems to set itself apart for some of us, and that’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Fun Fun Fun Fest had its eighth…

Modern Drummer
Dec 23, 2013