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Download New Cover Songs And Watch A Short Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Merge

North Carolina-based Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From taking over baseball games to planning their own four-day festival, they’ve been doing so in style. The next part of their celebration is a 24-minute documentary chronicling the rise of the indie label. It features interviews with employees and artists and narration from… More »

By: James Rettig / July 8, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Telekinesis – “This Time Tomorrow” (The Kinks Cover)

For the upcoming compilation I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson, bands cover a variety of artists whose songs have popped up in scenes in Wes Anderson’s films. In case you don’t know the reference, the title comes from Jason Schwartzman’s perfectly read line from Rushmore. The first taste we’ve gotten from the album… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 14, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Stream Telekinesis Dormarion

Telekinesis is the comic-book superpower to move stuff around with your mind. It’s also the stage name of the Seattle musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, who’s about to release Dormarion, his third album of meticulous indie-pop under that name. Spoon drummer Jim Eno produced the album, and we posted the first single “Ghosts And Creatures.” Now,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Turntable Interview: Telekinesis

When you think of a one-man band, you tend to picture a man with a harmonica, wearing a drum like a baby, and walking around with cymbals attached to his knees. As far as I know, Michael Lerner does none of those things while making his dreamy experimental pop. Working under the nom de plume… More »

By: Melissa Locker / March 21, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Telekinesis – “Ghosts And Creatures” (Stereogum Premiere)

Michael Benjamin Lerner, the Seattle musician who records as Telekinesis, will release Dormarion, his third album, in a few months. He recorded the LP with Spoon drummer Jim Eno producing. First single “Ghosts And Creatures” rides an impressively buzzy synth into shambling indie-confessional nirvana. Listen to it below, and check out Lerner’s tour dates; he’ll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 11:13 am

The Best 10 Videos Of The Week

These week we’ve got new videos from TV On The Radio, Cool Kids, Manchester Orchestra, Parts & Labor, and the New York Dolls, among many others. I put the Def Sound and Parts & Labor videos together because they use the same editing technique (doing full takes and stitching them together) to create a sort… More »

By: jessica / April 15, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Superchunk, The Vaselines, Telekinesis @ Music Box, Hollywood 10/19/10

While selections from Superchunk’s aptly titled new album Majesty Shredding were rock solid, Jon Wurster’s vocal performance during their cover of The Misfits “Horror Business” will go down in Superchunk lore. Kurt Cobain’s favorite band the Vaselines opened as well as Superchunk labelmates Telekinesis. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 21, 2010 - 11:30 am

Bumbershoot 2009 In Photos

At Seattle’s biggest music festival, rain is not unexpected; still, the downpours at Bumbershoot ’09 were scary even for this neck of the Pacific Northwest. No bands got electrocuted, but the sound cut out during Black Eyed Peas’ set, so that’s something. Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse were huge draws as the three-day event came… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 8, 2009 - 10:34 am

Ra Ra Riot/Telekinesis/Cut Off Your Hands @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles 2/28/09

While out in LA, Barsuk pop crew Ra Ra Riot did three things of note: a session at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic (full band), a sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre (full band), and a full-on power slide a la Bruce Springsteen at said sold-out Los Angeles venue (just Wesley). Photographer Andrew Youssef didn’t… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 4, 2009 - 9:45 am

New Telekinesis – “Coast Of Carolina”

When we handed over the site to Death Cab For Cutie a ways back, Chris Walla BTW’d Telekinesis. After that, Telekinesis, aka Seattle songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner, was picked up by Merge records, who’re releasing his debut Telekinesis! in April (note the exclamation point). As far as conflicts of interesting, it turns out the Lerner… More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2009 - 2:19 pm

Band To Watch: Telekinesis!

Today your regular bloggers have been replaced by Ben, Chris, Nick, and Jason of Death Cab For Cutie. The band’s new album Narrow Stairs is out now. DCFC are not professional bloggers, so please send them tips.

By Chris Walla
There’s not a lot to say when you get knocked out. When I… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 20, 2008 - 2:38 pm