Telekinesis

8 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

Some solo artists seem like reclusive weirdos forced into musical solitude by their social ineptitude, while others simply aren't good enough to justify having a band. But Michael Lerner isn't either of those things. The Merge Records debut of his solo project, Telekinesis, is the work of a man brimming with too much enthusiasm and confidence to be contained to just one instrument. Its economical pop tunes are full of pristine hooks (à la the Shins) and heart-on-sleeve lyricism (à la Ben Gibbard), and the whole package is held together by the sort of unapologetic mid-fi production that Dave Grohl employed on the first Foo Fighters record. In other words, it's no surprise that Lerner hails from the city of Portland — Telekinesis perfectly embodies the Pacific Northwest's indie-rock sound.

 
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