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Cassette Reset

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Like the 8-track before it, the cassette tape was long ago left for dead by most music fans. Guest host Elliott Forrest finds out what’s driving an unlikely revival of the outdated technology. Plus: the story of a Cleveland music critic who sued his employers comes to a close. And later: mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux tells us about her long history of playing men onstage, and performs live in our studio.

Tell us: Do you still use cassettes? Or, do you miss them? Leave a comment and tell us why.


Tale of the Tape

In mainstream music, the cassette has long been considered a dead format. But under the radar, a cassette resurgence has been steadily mounting.

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Cleveland Critic Loses Suit

Donald Rosenberg, the classical music critic of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, was pulled off his regular beat in 2008 after writing a number of pieces critical of the Cleveland Orchestra and specifically its music director, Franz Welser-Möst.

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Vivica Genaux: In Studio

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux has made Venice, Italy her home for some years now but she grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. There she found that the harsh climate made her naturally suited to playing men on the opera stage and she has specialized in so-called trouser roles throughout her career.

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The Danish quintet open for Wild Beasts tonight at the Highline Ballroom. Download their epic pop tune "Beat Your Heartbeat."


Gig Alerts: Memoryhouse

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Gig Alerts: JJ Grey & Mofro

This bluesy Southern charmer performs a special solo acoustic show tonight at City Winery. Download his new track "The Sweetest Thing."