Seattle Office of Film + Music


CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY ANNOUNCES PARTIAL LINEUP

Capitol Hill Block Party
This morning, the powers-that-be over at the Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) released a partial lineup of bands playing this year’s hotly anticipated festival. Among the headliners, local folk rockers The Cave Singers will appear on the mainstage alongside nationally recognized acts like TV on the Radio, Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) and Explosions in the Sky. The rest of the lineup is stacked sky high with local favorites, ranging from the indie punk sounds of Telekinesis to the playful rhymes of THEESatisfaction to the pop sounds of local stalwarts The Posies. Kudos to the organizers for giving quality local talent a weekend to strut their stuff in front of thousands of concertgoers. CHBP takes place July 22-24 along East Pike Street between Broadway and 12th Ave, with an additional stage set up on 11th Ave between Pike and East Union Street. Check out the link above to view the lineup announced so far. The full list of performers will be released on June 1.

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TELEKINESIS COVERS BELLE & SEBASTIAN ON A.V. CLUB
April 26, 2011, 10:45 am
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A.V. Club
In special episode of the A.V. Club’s “Undercover 2011” cover song series, Seattle rockers Telekinesis take on Belle & Sebastian’s “Like Dylan in the Movies” and give it a crunchier, fuzz filled reworking. The A.V. Undercover 2011 series invites bands to pick a track from a cache of preselected, ever so coverable tunes, with song crafters ranging from the likes of The Clash to Chumbawamba. Telekinesis is the first band in the series with a lead singing percussionist and Michael Benjamin Lerner imbues the song with vigor and verve in his original performance. Follow the link above to see the video for yourself.

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SHELBY EARL’S “AT THE START” IS NPR’S “SONG OF THE DAY”

NPR
“At the Start” from local songstress Shelby Earl’s acclaimed new album, Burn the Boats, is NPR’s song of the Day! Earl’s song actually features a trio of local musical talents: cultural luminary John Roderick—who also produced Burn the Boats—sings in duet with Earl while Telekinesis frontman Benjamin Lerner is featured on the drums. In NPR’s estimation, this unique collaboration sparked some real musical magic: “An ode to the end of an affair, ‘At the Start’ finds Earl sounding defiantly triumphant, with Roderick dropping his guard to play the crestfallen. “We’re right where we’ve always been,” they sing together, adding, ‘At the start, we could see the end.’ It’s the one who got away and the one who got left behind, singing together beautifully in just one highlight from Earl’s warm, wonderful new record.” Follow the above link to read the entire NPR feature and to have a listen to the song of the day.

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NEW TELEKINESIS ALBUM FEATURED IN THE ONION’S A.V. CLUB
February 18, 2011, 2:16 pm
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The A.V. Club
The Onion’s A.V. Club has posted a glimmering review of Seattle band Telekinesis’ new album 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Michael Benjamin Lerner went from sole proprietor of the band to expanding the project to include three additional musicians on the latest record. This increase in instrumentation has the band’s sound a more rounded and catchy feel, while Lerner’s emotion-saturated lyricism remains consistently gripping. Try a taste of Telekinesis’ live performance tonight at Jinx Artspace in Bellingham or check them out from the comfort of home on ArtZone with Nancy Guppy 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21. The episode will also be streaming and podcasting online. Click the link above to read the full review and sample some choice cuts of Telekinesis’ new album.

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HAVE A LISTEN TO A NEW SONG FROM TELEKINESIS
November 15, 2010, 2:51 pm
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Spin
Spin Magazine has a free download of “Car Crash,” the latest track off the sophomore album from Seattle power pop songsters Telekinesis. Packed with “same sugary punch of the band’s debut,” Spin comments that this new song also “juxtaposes singer-songwriter Michael Lerner’s buoyant hooks with contemplative lyrics.” Telekinesis’ new album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, drops early next year, with a tour scheduled to follow. To preview the track and read more, follow the link.

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REPRESENTING SEATTLE AT SXSW
November 3, 2010, 11:38 am
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Seattle Weekly
South By Southwest is the largest film/music festival and conference in the U.S. Taking place in March in Austin, TX, the conference brings together industry folks and fans alike to showcase the best of the best. This year’s SXSW will feature Seattle bands The Head and the Heart as well as Telekinesis. This is just one of several exciting opportunities for Head and the Heart, whose sweet tunes have been skyrocketing the charts and gracing festivals and gigs around town all year. Congrats to the bands!

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NEW VIDEO FROM TELEKINESIS ‘DIRTY THING’
September 3, 2010, 11:23 am
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Check out the sweet new Telekinesis video for “Dirty Thing.”
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NEW VIDEO FROM TELEKINESIS ‘DIRTY THING’, posted with vodpod


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