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Web Exclusive! JP Gaster of Clutch Talks Gear and More

Clutch, one of the most respected and influential hard rock bands of the past twenty-five years, released its eleventh studio album, Psychic Warfare, this past October. The album debuted at #11 in the Billboard Top-200 chart and landed at #1…

Modern Drummer
Apr 15, 2016

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

Dumpstaphunk Dirty Word

Dumpstaphunk pays tribute to funk groundbreakers such as Parliament/Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, but with an updated sound that’s peppered with rock and second line. The nuclear driver is drummer Nikki Glaspie. Laying down hard-slamming yet finessed time,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 16, 2014

Robert Wyatt ’68

The tracks on this collection were recorded shortly after Wyatt’s band Soft Machine had broken up—temporarily, it would turn out—following a tour of the States with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In fact, Wyatt worked on the tunes while staying at…

Modern Drummer
Dec 31, 2013

School Of Bongo by Trevor Salloum

BOOK/CD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $19.99 There are plenty of books out there, including three others by Trevor Salloum, that address the use of bongos in musical styles that commonly include the Afro-Cuban instrument. Unlike its predecessors, though, School of…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2012

Drum Diaries, Volume One by Michael Gould

E-BOOK LEVEL: ALL $10.99 This unique multi-media e-book isn’t designed to be a complete, all-encompassing drumming method. Rather, it’s conceived as a collection of short exercises, practice tips, and play-alongs that are meant to inspire you to explore new ideas…

Modern Drummer
Dec 6, 2012

Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick (Collector’s Edition)

  CD/DVD Don’t say I didn’t warn you: If you take your copy of the new Collector’s Edition CD/Audio DVD of Jethro Tull’s 1972 studio album Thick As a Brick to work and pop it into your computer, you’re going…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2012