Rain Machine

Though not the only singer or guitarist in TV on the Radio, robustly bearded Kyp Malone is the Brooklyn band's most iconic member, and his strengths—eerie falsetto, flair for noise texture, adventurous funkiness—overlap his fellows'. He wrote and played nearly every instrument on his new solo album, Rain Machine, released under that name on Anti-, where he strums acoustic, noodles acid-electric, and harmonizes with himself (and backing vocalists) in a Bowie-esque croak that recalls a tragic musical staged on Mars. Atmosphere somewhat obscures lyrics about burning crosses, castration, homophobia, and genitalia, but the pleasure of this show will be seeing a new, no doubt very good, live band pull together this piece of studio whimsy on stage. With indie-folk-pop singer Sharon Van Etton, also from New York. 18+. (Photo by angela n.)
Fri., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., 2009

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