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News: Slammin’ Simon’s Guide to Mastering Your First Rock & Roll Drum Beats Now Available!

To teach young aspiring rock stars all the rudiments, grooves, and fills they need to get drumming in no time, educator Mark Powers has launched a series of kid-friendly drum guides. Students are led through the fun, focused books (available…

Modern Drummer
Jun 12, 2015

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

Nels Cline Singers Macroscope

Genre-hopping has been Wilco guitarist Nels Cline’s method of operation across his solo efforts, and that sense of adventure surely permeates the proceedings on the fifth album by this trio, which also features bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola.…

Modern Drummer
May 30, 2014


With the flood of so-called super-groups and pet projects out there, KXM is one of the few that holds water. The masterful musicianship is the undercurrent to the mature lyrical content and superbly crafted compositions. Fans of King’s X  will,…

Modern Drummer
May 16, 2014

Brand X {Missing Period}

Not that anybody perusing a drumming website should need convincing at this point, but Phil Collins is one badass drummer. Those who first heard Collins during his mid-’80s reign over pop radio could be forgiven for being unaware of the…

Modern Drummer
Apr 17, 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…

Modern Drummer
Mar 14, 2014

Billy Cobham Compass Point

With a backstory including a dangerous makeshift stage and a lottery-winning piano tuner who had quit a day earlier, this 1997 concert almost didn’t happen. And that would have been a great loss, since Billy Cobham and his superb band…

Modern Drummer
Feb 24, 2014

Marc Cary Focus Trio Four Directions

One of today’s most original and innovative pianists, Marc Cary embraces the whole of jazz history as well as diverse “world” elements. Playing predominantly acoustic piano along with Rhodes and subtle synth touches, Cary shapes intriguing harmonies and captivating melodies…

Modern Drummer
Feb 4, 2014

The Beatles' Stereo Remasters Make Vinyl Debut

Sample the Remasters Online On The Vinyl Player Beatles Double Decker Tours LA, NY and London The Beatles' original studio album remasters will make their stereo vinyl debut today. Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums…

Modern Drummer
Nov 13, 2012

Reviews from MD Managing Editor Adam Budofsky

MD managing editor Adam B here again, sharing some of releases on high-rotation in the Budofsky home—and car—and office—and gym. That's right, the music never stops, and this week I've been obsessing on some old-school and old-world sounds. First off,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 19, 2007