By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 29, 2007 7:07PM
Every year at SXSW, we check out at least one band based on their wacky name alone. In this manner, we've discovered some great acts (I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) and some bizarre ones (Here Come Old Vodka Tits, My! Gay! Husband!). Locals Casiotone For The Painfully Alone fall far closer to the former category than the latter, and the vulnerable songcraft that has garnered them national attention this past year will be on display tonight at Schubas with Papercuts and Bowerbirds.
All three bands channel the bedroom songwriter aesthetic, so this show is best seen after you've had a really satisfying meal and are sipping a fancy beer. CFTPA bid goodbye to Chicago after tonight to join former Pedro the Lion creative force David Bazan for a string of dates throughout Midwest and South, so expect them to bring the old A game tonight.
Kicking off the evening will be Raleigh's Bowerbirds, a finely crafted acoustic-y indie treat that's worth rolling out a bit early for. Rounding out the bill is San Franciso's Papercuts, a studio wizardry-meets-old time hooky songwriting project from one Jason Quever. All three acts rely heavily on tone and texture in their songs, and the cozy Schubas is the perfect venue to host this bill.
Casiotone For The Painfully Along play Schubas tonight | Bowerbirds open, Papercuts headline | 9pm | $10