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Telekinesis @ the Echo

March 2, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA

By Wei Shi

Telekinesis at the Echo in Los Angeles, CA
Telekinesis @ the Echo - Los Angeles, CA - February 24, 2011 - Photos by Wei Shi

Michael Benjamin Lerner may play upbeat, power pop under the moniker Telekinesis but beneath those catchy tunes lies conflicted lyrics of loss and frustration. Perhaps the release of his sophomore album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge Records) around Valentine's Day this year perfectly suited both the ears of those happily in love and those that shunned the dreaded "L" word. Telekinesis stopped by the Echo last Thursday, February 24th and showed Los Angeles that Seattle still churns out excellent music.

Backed by two other musicians, Lerner stationed himself in the center of the stage with his drumset for the majority of the night. Sans his usual black-rimmed glasses, he recounted to the audience of their tumultuous journey to LA. Their van's starter broke in the shifty Tenderloin district of San Francisco and apparently Patton Oswalt's album got them through the tough times. Lerner conversed happily with the packed audience.

It's always interesting to see someone sing and play drums simultaneously; Lerner does both incredibly well. The beats are lively and urgent while his airy vocals float calmly throughout his songs. The night included newer tracks like, "Car Crash," and "You Turn Clear in the Sun," as well as older hits like, "Coast of Carolina," and "All of a Sudden." Telekinesis finished with an encore of "Awkward Kisser" and "Tokyo."

If you're hankering for a band that you can dance to while sobbing about the latest breakup, look no further. Even just listening to Telekinesis through headphones made it extremely difficult to write this review because of the urge get up and shimmy. ~ Wei Shi

Click here for more pictures from Telekinesis' show at the Echo!