Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Earlier this summer, Owen Ashworth announced that he would be retiring his longtime stage project, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Since 1997, CFTPA has been producing witty, minimalist songs, hybrids of electronic beats, plinking keyboards, and wry, low-key vocals. For reasons only the gods of indie-cool can ascertain, it’s all stayed pretty much under the radar; with this final tour, Ashworth is celebrating what his website is (somewhat painfully) calling “13 years of obscurity.” He’s just abandoning this project, though, not music altogether – which is nice to hear, especially since his latest composition, the beat-heavy “Goodbye Parthenon,” is one of his craftiest, catchiest songs to date. With Otouto, Polka Dot Dot Dot. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Tue., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., 2010

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