The first song on Telekinesis’ excellent new album “Dormarion” (Merge Records) sounds like it’s solo and underwater for the first minute before it explodes into a full-band raveup. That sets a good tone for this album’s short, sharp, sweet 12 songs, which glide by in a pleasurably concise 35 minutes. Telekinesis mastermind Michael Benjamin Lerner is a first-rate tunesmith, and he’s a master of the classic power-pop yearn. “Dormarion” is one of those albums that ends sooner than you’d like, so play it again – or catch Telekinesis live Sunday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. Deep Sea Diver opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. See local506.com for details.
• The outdoor-music season begins in earnest this week. One other outdoor show of note is Sunday’s Carrboro Block Party in the Cat’s Cradle parking lot. It’s free, with a lineup brought to you by the letter L: Lost in the Trees, Love Language and Loamlands. See carrboroblockparty.com for details. Afterward, Stillhouse plays inside at the Cradle – also free.
• Moving indoors, Friday brings Rush to Raleigh’s PNC Arena, folk-rock giant Roger McGuinn to the Carrboro ArtsCenter and American Aquarium to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre for a hometown show; also Friday, the “Instro Summit” kicks off with Aqualads, Blood Red River, Weisstronauts and other instrumental bands playing through Sunday at Durham’s Casbah; Gravity’s Pull, one of the most popular pop bands around these parts in the mid-1990s, plays a reunion show Saturday at Local 506 with Mike Garrigan opening; Saturday also brings the lovely and mysterious Youth Lagoon to the Cradle; the ubur-heavy Opeth plays Sunday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Airborne Toxic Event is at the Cradle Monday; Tuesday brings an intriguing show to Kings, New Music Raleigh performing the music of pop star Beck’s “Song Reader” project; and Wednesday is a big night – Boz Scaggs at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, Band of Horses at the Ritz in Raleigh and Howlin’ Brothers at Raleigh’s Pour House.