Advance Base (ex-Casiotone) playing Cafe Du Nord, 6/7/12

Advance Base, the new project of former Casiotone for the Painfully Alone singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth, is coming to San Francisco on June 7. Their debut album A Shut-In’s Prayer will be out on Orindal Records on May 15. So far we've only heard one single from the album — a melancholic track entitled "New Gospel" which features the same programmed, basic drums of old Casiotone recordings mixed with cleanly produced piano. It's a natural (and necessary) progression for Ashworth as he allows his deep crooning voice to carry the track without burying himself under cheap Casio tones or lo-fi distortion. [...]

Video & Photos: Farewell to Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (1997-2010) It starts and ends here in San Francisco for Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the musical diary of Owen Ashworth which closed its covers this Sunday evening at Bottom of the Hill. What started as a simpler venture into electronic pop and nostalgic imagery, the early songs referencing San Francisco's beloved bars and transit systems, matured and moved as Owen did geographically. Though he's resided in Chicago for some years now, Ashworth concluded the project where it started on its thirteenth anniversary (first show ever was in 1997), and not onstage alone, but with friends. The Donkeys were his [...]

Live This Month: December 2010 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #239)

Live This Month: December 2010 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #239) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although things get a little quiet around Christmas, December's got plenty of concert highlights. For some, like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, this month's show marks the end of a long run, while others, like Sic Alps and Millionyoung, already have big releases planned for early 2011. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows! Subscribe to [...]

Recommended, 11/29-12/5: Casiotone, Terrorbird’s holiday party, Hosannas, The Actors

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Check out our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily local listings. Bands/promoters/managers, feel free to submit your own shows to the Calendar too. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Cold White Christmas" Hosannas – "When We Were Young" Phantom Kicks – “Eyes Familiar” The Actors - "Through a False Door" Maus Haus - "Winter" Exray’s – “You Forgot" Casiotone For The Painfully Alone's "California Grand Finale Weekend" On December [...]

SF Popfest Review: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Nodzzz, Antarctica Takes It!, English Singles 5/28

Photos by: Nicole Browner Drinking beer with ice and having nothing for sale, Sacramento's English Singles opened the night and tore through a short but very satisfying set of sweet pop ditties. The lead singer cut loose on the last song to dance around a bit, a nice surprise as the other members seemed a little green. The band is young but very tight and they have quite an albums worth of catchy, infectious pop. We desperately await that release. Antartica Takes It! (Oakland) was hands down the cutest band of the night. In fact, they may be the cutest [...]

Live This Month: May 2010 (Podcast #212)

[podcast][/podcast] Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in May, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Before heading north for the Sasquatch festival, tUnE-yArDs ("Hatari") headline an SF Popfest show on May 27th at the Rickshaw Stop. Also playing: Eux Autres, Social Studies, and Knight School. Following [...]

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone goes full band for BotH Tuesday

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone isn't about to change his moniker, but maybe everything else behind it. The once solo electronic musician Owen Ashworth (born of Redwood City, CA) has committed to a full-band for his latest record Vs. Children (Tomlab), and is on the road performing in both past and present styles. The tour is stopping in the city at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night with local openers David and Joanna and Ashworth's brother Concern (9pm, $10). Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "White Corolla" CFTPA collectors are already used to accruing demo versions, covers and [...]

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