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Throughout Memorial Day weekend, SPIN was on site at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Toyota Music Den, where we invited many of the fest’s best and brightest to stop by for portraits shot… More »


Merge Records Shares 25th Anniversary Documentary, Covers of Classic Tracks

North Carolina indie rock institution Merge Records celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. They’ve already announced a four day music festival to mark the occasion, but today, Google Play shares… More »

Watch Telekinesis Revive a Record-Pressing Plant in ‘Empathetic People’ Video

“Every building has a face,” Telekinesis frontman Michael Benjamin sings on “Empathetic People,” a punchy standout from the Seattle fuzz-poppers’ new album Dormarion, produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno. In the song’s… More »

“I love straight-ahead rock records,” Telekinesis mainman Michael Lerner told SPIN, speaking on the phone during a recent interview, “but I also love records that that took a lot of… More »


SPIN’s August issue pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and as part of our package we tapped some of our favorite contemporary artists to cover the influential… More »

Breaking Out: Telekinesis

Twenty-four years ago, Stevie Wonder put a hand on the pregnant belly of Michael Benjamin Lerner’s mother and said, “I bless this child.” “My parents like to tell me that’s… More »

Telekinesis, ’12 Desperate Straight Lines’ (Merge)

Darker, more propulsive, and flexing weightier production than his ruddy-cheeked 2009 debut, the second full-length from Seattle’s Michael Benjamin Lerner owes the extra power in its pop, perhaps antithetically, to… More »


Hot Seattle power-pop outfit Telekinesis released one of SPIN’s favorite under-the-radar albums of 2009 with their self-titled debut, and are poised for their big break in 2011 with 12 DesperateMore »

The 27 Winter Albums That Matter Most


Seattle power pop outfit Telekinesis — whose 2009 self-titled debut was a SPIN fave — will return with a second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, February 15 via Merge. Download… More »

When we painstakingly compile our annual Best Albums list, there are always a few outliers, albums that we loved deeply but, for one reason or another, didn’t find a spot… More »

Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today: … More »


SXSW ’09 Pick: Telekinesis

The plucky power pop on Telekinesis’ self-titled debut record has us pogo-ing around the office and stoked to see them at Austin’s South by Southwest music conference later this month. More »