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Music minute: Nicholas Altobelli's CD-release party, plus cassette tapes back in vogue?

Posted 8:00am on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

The creation of Dallas singer-songwriter Nicholas Altobelli's fourth studio album, Without a Home, was a hard-fought process -- he nearly gave up music altogether, after a bout of writer's block and battling some personal demons. So his CD-release party at Good Records in Dallas will no doubt feel truly celebratory. Altobelli will be joined Sunday by his new backing band, the Gigawatts, as well as Dillon Chevalier and Becky Middleton. The free, all-ages show gets under way at 1 p.m.

Just as vinyl came roaring back as a must-have musical accessory, so too is the cassette tape once again having a moment. Fort Worth indie label Lo-Life Recordings will unveil the first volume of its Group Therapy compilation series at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Where House, where $15 gets you in, and if you're one of the first 100 through the door, you'll get a cassette containing rare and unreleased tracks from some of Fort Worth's up-and-coming acts like Year of the Bear, Fungi Girls and War Party (not coincidentally, all three of those bands, along with many more, are scheduled to perform Sunday).

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