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Discovr Delivers Total iOS 7 Overhaul For Its Music Discovery App, With Streaming And Social Features

The band won for Allelujah! Dont! Bend! Ascend!, their fourth album, which came out after an almost decade-long hiatus; many thought the band had broken up. The band, which started in 1994 and has had a sprawling, often changing line-up, is known for its intense and artful instrumental music and impressive live shows. It has long been critically adored and has found a devoted cult following. They toured from 1998 until 2002, but then went on hiatus for their nine members to focus on other projects. The reunited in 2010 to tour and released the award-winning album in 2012. The group is also known for eschewing interviews and rarely taking part in most music-industry rituals. The band is known to be politically aware (the back cover of Yanqui U.X.O., their third album, showed links between depicting the relationship between major labels and the military industrial complex). The Polaris prize is an annual awards show whose mission it is to find the best Canadian album, regardless of genre or sales. The nominated albums are decided on by over 200 music journalists across the country. After a 10-album shortlist is determined, an 11-person jury decides on the winning recipient at the Polaris Prize gala, which was held on Monday evening. At the awards show, Constellation Records co-founder Ian Ilavsky accepted the $30,000 prize on behalf of the band, and said the group would like the money to support music education in Quebec prisons.

Residents’ reactions range from annoyed to amused. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one. “I can’t wait to see what they find down there,” says another. Behind it all is 51-year-old Leon Giesen, a Dutch filmmaker and musician with a tantalizing theory. He is convinced that Nazi treasure is languishing below Mittenwald’s roads — gold or diamonds, at the very least. The whole idea of Nazi gold has long held a grip on the public imagination, and as a former Nazi stronghold, Bavaria provides fertile soil for many an aspiring Indiana Jones. In 1944, with the Allies and the Soviet Army threatening to advance, it was here that Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, planned to build an Alpine Fortress — a national redoubt where Nazi Germany would fight from until the end. And that’s not all. In April 1945, the Wehrmacht armed forces and officials of the Reichsbank approved a plan to store at least part of the reserves of the German Reichsbank at Einsiedl, a small town on the southwest shore of Lake Walchen. Much of these assets were handed over to the Allies, but around 100 gold bars, sacks of dollars and Swiss francs and possibly even more hoards went missing. ‘Like a Treasure Map’ Even though Giesen’s theory is an outlandish one by any standards, it has generated reams of publicity in his native Netherlands. It revolves around an annotated score of the “March Impromptu” by composer Gottfried Federlein. Legend has it that in the final days of World War II, Adolf Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann scribbled letters, figures and runes on the score that form a code giving the coordinates of the hidden Nazi treasure. Supposedly, a military chaplain was tasked with taking the score to someone in Munich.

Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cristinelle7 Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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So why go from being unique, to more closely mirroring some of the competition? We get a lot of great user feedback about the UI, but weve realized that what our users love the most is actually getting to discover new artists, dig deep into their music and content, and share what they find, explained Dave McKinney, one half of the Australian duo behind Filter Squad, in an interview. The UI is fun, and interactive, and will always be a core part of Discovr, but its also just a tool to get a job done to explore music. We think there are lots of different ways that people can discover and enjoy music, and so this update is really about that. McKinney says that real-world music discovery is much more varied than how it works via most online products. You could hear about new music from a friend, or catch a song on the radio, find it on YouTube or by visiting the record store. Discovrs newfound goal is to unify all those methods of discovery into a single app. And as to its defining visual maps feature, thats not going away; its just changing. The music maps in the new release are sharable, as live, interactive pieces of content that the receiving party can then explore fully. And theyre also the basis for an upcoming feature that allows for generation and sharing of playlists, which will be called Visual Radio, McKinney tells me. Discovr is adding complexity to its product, but its also providing more of a consumption experience, McKinney says, vs. the previous versions high user input requirements.