Some infants suck their thumbs while others flip their Gerber bowls over, banging on them with silverware. This U-M percussion major’s been drumming for 19 of his 21 years. In Jeremy Malvin’s brief time rooting into the Ann Arbor music scene (having grown up in Pittsburgh), he’s recorded and released two EP’s (singles/remixes) and (very recently) a 7-song album (My <3) under the moniker Chrome Sparks, through which he churns out dreamy squalls of fuzz atop punchy/glitchy beats. It’s a meditative/mesmeric take on noise-pop drawing from a range of influences, from indie-rock to techno-deconstructionists. He also currently tours with electro-pop/dance-rock quartet Stepdad.Chrome Sparks’ songs were composed in his bedroom studio on laptops (“limitations are what drive creativity,” said Malvin). Last month he experimented with a full five-member band. Rhapsodizing about the motivation of live performance, Malvin said, “There are rare moments of pure euphoria that I chase; I just love sharing sounds with people.” Malvin is inspired, equally, by his fellow musicians in the Arbor/Ypsi scene: “Kohwi, Subvader, Fthrsn, Lou Breed, Sad Souls, Gun Lake; we’re close buddies and share (our work) and bounce ideas around; that gives A2 a unique sound that’s an amalgamation of all our musical personalities.” A full length LP is on the way; find Malvin at the Magic Stick (Detroit) Dec 9 – and online: chromesparksbandcamp.com
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.