Meg McGee documenting a night at the famous Lincoln Hall Chicago.
Telekinesis, a one-man band composed of Michael Lerner played a small, intimate show at Chicago’s highly praised Lincoln Hall. LH was recently listed as #15 on Rolling Stone’s “Best Clubs in America”.
Lerner’s high-energy indie pop filled up the room, making for an awesome performance. Lerner tours with a guitarist, bassist, and pianist—all who have great chemistry on stage and truly make it a unique experience.
What made Telekinesis’ performance unique is the fact that Lerner manages to drum and sing lead vocals. He’s a live wire and manages not to miss a note or rhythm. The band played mostly songs off the new album Dormarion and also dived into oldies such as “Imaginary Friend”. Lerner is an energetic drummer and truly talented, he and his band made the songs off the album come to life. I couldn’t wait to go home and blast “Empathetic People” after seeing Lerner put all his heart and soul into the less than three-minute song.
While Lerner took sips of coconut water, the bassist injected clever jokes about horses and Hall & Oates. The jokes translated well across creating a friendly atmosphere for both the band and the audience. Lerner dedicated the new wave-esque “Ever True” to Bernard Summer and his white shorts featured in a BBC special. None of the audience knew what he was talking about but when I got home and searched YouTube I understood why. Lerner and his band were entirely gracious and connected with the audience. Telekinesis even broke into a Q&A session before performing his softer, acoustic melodies such as “Symphony”.
Overall, seeing this band was a treat as many indie bands are very lackadaisical and jaded when it comes to their performance. To see all members of Telekinesis put their passion and humbleness on display made it a truly special experience.