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Monday, October 12, 2009

Show Pick of the Day: Rain Machine at the 40 Watt


Today's dreary, drizzly weather is the perfect back drop for tonight's 40 Watt headliner, Rain Machine.  The solo project of TV On the Radio's frontman Kyp Malone, Rain Machine blends different genres with Malone's fluctuating falsetto to produce a unique sound.

Rain Machine is a relatively new project for Malone, although he said he's been writing solo music since moving to NYC in 2000.  Malone decided to call his project Rain Machine rather than simply using his own name because he reportedly didn't like the way "Kyp Malone" looked on t-shirts.  Fair enough.

Rain Machine's self-titled debut album was released September 22, and Machine's been touring ever since. TVOTR fans will not be disappointed in what Rain Machine is pumping out.  Malone described his music as "a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear, a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined - some rhythm some rhyme." 

Most critics have described the RM sound as a more personal TVOTR -- quite the compliment considering TVOTR has regularly found itself atop "year's best records" lists.

Opening for Rain Machine tonight is folkster Sharon Van Etten. Doors open at 9 o'clock, and tickets are $12 or $14 (under 21).

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "My Mathematical Mind" by Spoon

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