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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue).

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$5. 314-771-1096. Also playing at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. The Ground Floor, 215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois. $5. 618-277-1026.

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Attention, awkward sixteen-year-old girls, twenty-something geeks and post-college couch surfers: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Owen Ashworth can feel your pain. He knows that pain so well that he created an anthem for it in the title track from his Young Shields EP: "We quit our jobs and shoot the moon, and cut our wrists and sleep till noon." When Ashworth takes the stage to play his lo-fi pop gems sporting a scruffy beard and cardigan, he's no glossy, magazine-ready pop star waiting to tell you about your life. Rather, Ashworth is the guy standing at the back of the show alone or sitting in the corner of the library. Has anyone since Morrissey been this in touch with the heartbreak of being an outsider?

 
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