Telekinesis sold out the Crocodile on Saturday (with a little help from local openers Mal de Mer and the Globes), and from the way he enthused onstage, it was clear that Michael Benjamin Lerner couldn't have been happier to be back in his hometown. Lerner played with his most recent lineup of bandmates--bassist Jason Narducy and guitarist Cody Votolato--and for those of you who were wondering how an ex-Blood Brother would fit into a sunny, melodic pop band, the answer is very nicely and very appropriately. Votolato's thrashing, bouncing, and jumping around while he plays matched up pretty perfectly with Telekinesis' lively, beat-happy tunes. Lerner stuck to his drum kit except for a smattering of songs in the middle of the set, when he played a couple on a tiny guitar. The set consisted mainly of songs from Telekinesis' second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, including a pummeling version of the current single, "Please Ask for Help," and a robust "50 Ways." Lerner dedicated the encore to some old favorites from his 2009 self-titled debut, though--"Coast of Carolina" and "Tokyo," for which members of the Globes and the Crocodile's Eli Anderson joined the band onstage to shake maracas and tambourines, sing along, and help end the show on an energetic high note.
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