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MD Podcast Episode 189: Brian Chase, Ludwig Snare Drum History, IP Drumsticks, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike discuss May 2019 featured artist Brian Chase of indie-rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The education segment digs into the history of Ludwig snare drums, in particular the legendary Black Beauty. Up for review are…

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Apr 26, 2019

Ray Marté of Moon Tooth

Talking About New Projects and Favorite Gear Hi everyone! It’s an honor to be featured “On The Beat” again! I play in the band Moon Tooth and we just finished a tour with Mark Morton’s project Anesthetic and Light The…

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Apr 11, 2019

Mike and Mike Podcast Episode 102: Choosing Drumheads, Clyde Stubblefield, Ludwig Acrolites Shootout, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share their thoughts on how to choose the best drumheads for different situations. The featured artist is legendary James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield. Up for review is a pair of Ludwig Acrolite snares (a…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2017

Keith Carne on We Are Scientists’ Helter Seltzer

  by Adam Budofsky   Brooklyn-based indie-rock band We Are Scientists’ fifth album, Helter Seltzer, released digitally this past April 22 and physically on June 3, is an advanced-level course in hook-ology. Vocal choruses, guitar lines, keyboard figures, and, yes,…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2016

VIDEO DEMO! Get the Most Beat for Your Buck: 4 Options for Building a Primo Snare Collection on a Workingman’s Budget

This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the August 2015 issue, which can be purchased at: Shop Talk Get the Most Beat for Your Buck 4 Options for Building a Primo Snare Collection on a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2015

Win a complete set of Ludwig drums and Paiste cymbals fresh from Bonzo Bash 2015!

Due to a database error, The Ludwig Drum / Paiste Cymbals contest has been extended until June 10th, 2015. Everyone who entered previously will need to reenter this contest for a chance to win. This iconic drumset was specially configured…

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Feb 3, 2015

VIDEO! A Ringo Tribute: With a Little Help From Our Friends

A few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming. Be sure to check our complete tribute series at

Modern Drummer
Jul 24, 2014

Introducing WFLIII Drums USA

William F. Ludwig III announced the formation of his own company, WFLIII Drums, at the 24th annual Chicago Drum Show in St. Charles, Illinois, this past May. Ludwig III, commonly known as Bill III, represents the third generation of drum…

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Jul 22, 2014

VIDEO! Former Wings Drummer Steve Holley and the Smithereens' Dennis Diken Pay Tribute to Ringo Starr

In our sixth tribute video to Ringo Starr, filmed during the Fest for Beatles Fans Symposium, former Wings drummer Steve Holley discusses meeting Paul McCartney in 1977, through his neighbor Denny Laine, and joining the band a year later. Holley…

Modern Drummer
Jul 10, 2014

Ringo Video Tribute With Drummer Liberty DeVitto and Photographer Rob Shanahan (from the Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 )

Segment four of our tribute to Ringo Starr, shot during the Fest For Beatles Fans celebration, begins with host Michelle Joni Lapidos welcoming former Billy Joel/Slim King/BJ Kramer drummer Liberty DeVitto. DeVitto demonstrates two songs from the Joel album The…

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Jun 27, 2014

Mark Hudson Ringo Tribute Video

In this video, drummer, producer/singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hudson shares stories of producing Ringo and discusses how much Ringo's drumming was an influence on him. Hudson recalls how excited he was to play the original Abbey Road/Let It Be Ludwig…

Modern Drummer
Jun 19, 2014

Ringo Tribute with Danny Seraphine, Liberty DeVitto, and Carmine Appice Video! In our second tribute segment to Ringo Starr, we feature ex-Chicago/CTA founder Danny Seraphine, ex-Billy Joel/current Slim Kings’ drummer Liberty DeVitto, and Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Rod Stewart legend Carmine Appice. Seraphine, who was in town for two shows at the Iridium in New…

Modern Drummer
Jun 12, 2014

Modern Drummer Online All-Starr Tribute To Ringo Starr

  For the months of June and July, MD Online will pay tribute to the one and only Ringo Starr. This past February, Ringo and his former bandmates, the Beatles, celebrated their 50th anniversary of the group’s arrival in the…

Modern Drummer
Jun 6, 2014

VIDEO! Drum Country: Train Beat Variations (From the May 2014 Issue) by Jim Riley The train beat is a must-have in your bag of tricks. While it’s most commonly used in country and bluegrass settings, with very little digging you can find examples of it in a multitude of genres,…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2014