Rock Picks

The best rock picks, May 3

dmenconi@newsobserver.comMay 2, 2013 

Telekinesis will play Sunday at Chapel Hill's Local 506.

COURTESY OF KYLE JOHNSON

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.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

• 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.

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