Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio debuted his anticipated new solo project Rain Machine at the Echo where Malone’s steep, hiccupping intonations and bristling coiffure chipped the paint off the charcoal walls. The band featured bass, backup guitar, keyboard and backup vocals, with a heavy metal drummer.

When Malone took the stage solo, you could sense a little nervousness in his posture, the vocal quiver increased. As the evening progressed, his soulful messy blues got louder and louder, each register reaching higher and higher, his convulsions becoming more and more discordant, the people getting a little enlightened.