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
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.