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Telekinesis Moves Hearts, Minds And Spirits

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 4, 2011 5:20PM

Telekinesis is the brainchild of Michael Benjamin Lerner and his sophomore album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, is bubbly, effervescent and capable of cutting you until you bleed because the song craft is so sharp. While he records everything by himself in the studio, he expands the group into a three piece on the road including Chicago's Jason Narducy (ex-Verbow) on bass and Cody Votolato on guitar. Lerner rounds out the trio tackling singing duties from behind the drum kit. And it makes sense that the band's tunes are written from the perspective of a drummer since each one is propelled along by a seriously right-on rhythmic piston underneath melodies that attract foot stomping, hand clapping and wide smiling responses from all exposed to them.

Grab "Car Crash", a sample of the band's excellent output for free and then start stalking craigslist listings for a ticket to tonight's sold-out show at Schubas.

Telekinesis plays tonight, March 4, at Scubas, 3159 N Southport, 10 p.m., $12, 21+