Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kyp Malone as Rain Machine

After months of not checking this blog, I was looking for something to do on Friday. I was surprised to find that Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio was playing at the Bridge. He performs under the name Rain Machine and was here for the opening of Adriana Atema's art show. As you can see from the example behind Mr. Malone the art consisted of colorful portraits of people she knows. Mr. Malone had his own circle of wood stage right.

The music was sparse and vocals driven. His voice was recognizable from listening to TV on the Radio. Stripped to just his voice and a few chords, the sound was haunting at times. It only took a few bars to know that coming out for this short set was worth it. The relaxed small setting, the first few rows sitting Indian style, was perfect and very Charlottesville.

A sideshow developed when Zach the inebriated banjo player was invited to improvise. A portrait behind him was in danger until it was removed. It distracted from what Rain Machine was up to but he seemed to roll with it. All in all, I was thrilled to make it to this show/art opening.

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