Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

June 28, 2009

Welcome to the Rain Machine.

Kyp Malone is dressed in all white. His big beard, peppered with gray hairs, matches the length of his giant Afro.

Malone strums a gold electric guitar on the outdoor stage at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. His lisp-y, light screams ring out over the over-driven guitar. About 40 people watch as they sprawl out on brightly colored blankets on the lawn.

Malone is best known for fronting the soulful alt-rock band TV on the Radio. His solo project, Rain Machine, releases its debut album in this Fall.

"This place is so beautiful," commented Malone on stage, referring to the lack of outdoors in Brooklyn where he resides. "It's not my everyday (here), so I'm keep talking about it."

Though TV on the Radio keeps him fairly busy, Malone says Rain Machine started out from writing songs after moving the New York and not having anyone to play with.

"For me, it's keeping music as a hobby and not only as a vocation," he says following his Big Sur set. "If people like it and are willing to listen, than that's awesome."

~ nic

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