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
It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO
If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.
The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or
Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak