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Drum Expo 2014 artist line-up revealed

Drum Expo 2014 artist line-up revealed

Drum Expo 2014, a blitzkrieg of drumming information, news, articles, interviews, and more from the folks over MusicRadar.com is officially upon us! Over the next several days, we’ll cull through the chaff to bring you the wheat, and highlight some of the more interesting morsels waiting for you there.

Music Radar has officially announced the lineup for this year’s expo.  Artists include Travis Barker, Tony Royster Jr, Neil Peart,  Tommy Lee, and Mike Mangini.

So  stay tuned here Drummer Talk for the latest!

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Drummer Talk 226 – Tuning 201: The Kick

Drummer Talk 226 – Tuning 201: The Kick

We wrap up part 3 of our 3 part series on tuning with a discussion on the kick drum.

In the news, we discuss the Crescent Cymbal/Sabian partnership, just who is the new drummer for Slipknot, what did Dave Lombardo have to say about Slayer’s current lineup, who is filling in on drums for Primus, the results of the Bonham memorial concert, and US Navy band auditions!

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A ZZ Classic #MonsterKitMonday

A ZZ Classic #MonsterKitMonday

Every Monday we bring you a pic of a colossal or unique drum kit from around the Internet! Frank Beard of ZZ Top has always had crazy kits, but this is a rare throwback kit that features a horn shaped middle tom from North Drums.  Anyone know what year this would’ve been?

Do you know of or have a cool or interesting kit of your own?  Send us a link!

Drummer Talk 225 – Tuning 201: The Toms

Drummer Talk 225 – Tuning 201: The Toms

We’re back for part 2 of our 3-part series exploring tuning! Today, we go in-depth with the toms. In news, both Kings of Lean and Aerosmith have to cancel shows due to drummer health issues, Dave Grohl terrifies us with his Foo Fighters teasers, and Slipknot still wont make with the new drummer’s name!

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Metro-Mirage #MonsterKitMonday

Metro-Mirage #MonsterKitMonday

Every Monday we bring you a pic of a colossal or unique drum kit from around the Internet! Today’s green monster is known only as “Metro-Mirage”! TAMA SMASH!

Do you know of or have a cool or interesting kit of your own?  Send us a link!

Drummer Talk 224 – Tuning 201: The Snare Drum

Drummer Talk 224 – Tuning 201: The Snare Drum

We start part 1 of our 3 part series on drum tuning by discussing all of the considerations for the snare drum. In news, we cover catching DCI finals live, winning sweet Kaman gear from Modern Drummer, King Crimson’s reunion toour, how Tim Alexander’s heart surgery has affected the Primus tour, we listen to a snare drum quartet, and we get a feeling for what it’s like inside a lesson with Stewart Copeland.

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Bozzio’s Behemoth – #MonsterKitMonday

Bozzio’s Behemoth – #MonsterKitMonday

Every Monday we’ll bring you a pic of a colossal or unique drum kit from around the Internet! To start it off, we present to you the mother of all monster kits: Terry Bozzio’s massive, melodic kit.

Do you know of or have a cool or interesting kit of your own?  Send us a link!

Gregg Bissonette moves to Dixon Drums

Gregg Bissonette moves to Dixon Drums

It’s probably true that Gregg Bisonette could play just about any drums he wants on the planet, but Dixon Drums has just announced that he’s joined their artist roster and left Mapex. I’d say it’s quite the coup for Dixon who still has a pretty shallow artist pool.

Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

I gotta say, I love me some Green Day. Whatever you want to say about their success and relationship to the punk scene, you can’t deny that they can write same really catchy tunes!

Electronic Musician recently caught up with the team who put together their album, 21st Century Breakdown.

“For the kick drum, I placed a Shure Beta 52 inside the shell-there was no front head-and routed the signal to a Chandler Limited TG Channel MKII preamp… If you have the two mics in the same spot, and you don’t reverse the phase, you get a really nice sound with a lot of attack.”

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Mickey Hart drums with Oculus Rift

Mickey Hart drums with Oculus Rift

Whether you think Facebook’s acquisition of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift, is a good or bad thing, you can’t deny that virtual reality (VR) is here to stay (maybe).

Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead is no stranger to the frontiers of music and science, and he recently strapped on the Oculus Rift VR headset and this is what happened!

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Drummer Talk 208 – So You Want to be an Inventor? (Part 2)

Drummer Talk 208 – So You Want to be an Inventor? (Part 2)

Troy wraps up our 2-part series on helping to get your drum invention to reality and we go over the 2014 Drummies! in the news.

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