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Review Thu Oct 29 2015

Telekinesis Read Chicago's Mind on Wednesday

Michael Benjamin Lerner, aka Telekinesis, had a lot of love to give for Chicago on Wednesday night when he played Lincoln Hall.

"I really, really, love this place," he told the sparse (I know it was a Wednesday night, but there was a shamefully small crowd at the venue) audience. "You guys are seriously lucky to have this place. Everyone here is really wonderful to touring musicians. And we would know because we've been on tour for a long, looooong time. Give the crew here some applause."

Lerner dropped his most recent album Ad Infinitum this past September and played mostly new pieces last night, starting things off with "Sylvia" and my personal favorite off the album, "Courtesy Phone" and then switching over to 2013's Dormarion with "Lean on Me."

Lener was backed by a guitar and a keyboard, with opener Eric Elbogen of Say Hi (formerly Say Hi to Your Mom) on bass. Lerner himself was rocking out on the drums, doing his signature head flip throughout the tracks that makes him look like a dancing Peanuts character (in the best of ways.)

Lerner told the crowd, "I think it's been three years since I last came to Chicago. Is that right?" An enthusiastic Telekinesis fan in the front told him that it was in May of 2013 that they last rolled through. Lerner did some quick calculations in his head, "so that means it's been...a little under three years? No, wait. A little over three years? Right? I can't do math -- this is why I play music." He then launched into a cover of Randy Newman's "Living Without You" thanking the crowd afterward for sitting through the slow, low key piece.

He got things moving again with "Power Lines" from Dormarion, finishing the evening up with "Ghosts and Creatures" from Dormarion and "Carolina" and "Tokyo" from his debut album.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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