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The wild child singer said she knows “things I’m doing that’s getting me into trouble and it’s just me doing what my heart and soul is telling me what to do.” Everything she’s done is “inspired by the music,” she said. Cyrus, who will release her new album “Bangerz” next month, also sang a cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look at What They’ve Done to My Song.” The guitar tune featured lyrics like “They think I’m half insane” and “I wish I could find a book to live in.” Cyrus has been added as one of the main performers for the second night at iHeartRadio’s festival at the MGM Grand Arena, joining a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney and Drake. Elton John, Katy Perry and Chris Brown performed Friday. Saturday’s day line-up also featured Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, The Wanted, The Band Perry and others. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: Loading Slideshow Nicki Minaj The singer made these flower-shaped pasties a part of her 2012 tour. Do you think they add a nice touch to her already extravagant costumes? Pink The brazen singer decided to wear some duct tape pasties when in July 2012 when she decided to announce her new album. Nicki Minaj She wore prominent flower-shaped pasties with a lot of her costumes during tour. Hayden Panettiere Lady Gaga The singer is known for her love of pasties, pairing them with sheer outfits or wearing them by themselves for coverage on stage. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) Lil’ Kim The most infamous pasty photo of all time… That is all. (Photo credit HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images) Lady Gaga Lady Gaga is never one to shy away from making serious fashion statements. She definitely did not keep it demure last Halloween when she wore these aptly-placed weed pasties. Lady Gaga The singer wore these interesting pasties at a press conference. Britney Spears Britney opted for some black tassels coverage during her Circus tour in New Orleans. (Photo credit: WireImage) Janet Jackson Janet may be wearing a nipple ring — as we all found out — and not a pasty, but we still think she makes the list.

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It uses your phone’s GPS to find the closest record shop, with updates, tips and directory improvements added by users. Plus, users can check in to shops and post statuses about their visits to the social feed. The app also features a section that lists upcoming record and music fairs happening all around the globe. It’s part- Yelp , part-community listing board for record stores. FLYLO FM (@flyinglotus) September 17, 2013 No, we’re not just talking about Twitter Music (although that’s fun to explore). Twitter itself has become an invaluable resource for staying up-to-date on the latest news, and music is no different. Follow music publications and writers whose tastes seem to align with yours (or be adventurous and follow someone with different tastes), and check out the artists they’re tweeting about. It’s their jobs to stay on top of the latest on the music scene, which is a valuable resource. NPR Music and All Songs Considered are perfect stepping stones. They cover a range of independent and major label music, and NPR’s “First Listen” lets you hear new music before it’s on the physical or digital shelves. Pitchfork Advance lets you do the same, accompanied by full-screen art from the release.

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“The Hunt for Nazi Gold,” the Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt called it. 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.

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09/22/13 01:11 AM ET EDT Subscribe Follow: AP Red Hot Chili Peppers performing live at Music Midtown. ATLANTA It was wet, muddy and slippery outdoors on the closing day of Atlanta’s third annual Music Midtown Festival, but the bands rocked on. Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages. The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event. It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain. “I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.” Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival. “There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said.

But while they had energy, humor and good songs in abundance, Board is dull. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The 15 cuts suggest Elton and producer T Bone Burnett werent fully committed to the trio concept. Bass and drums remain subdued throughout, and several songs are dressed up with strings and backup singers. Meanwhile, John plays polite piano in starchy renditions of generic ballads. Theres no Bad Side of the Moon here. Longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, which read as if he mailed them in. I went to Paris once, I thought I had a plan, I woke up with an accent, I wound up in quicksand, goes the chorus to My Quicksand, which does create a sinking feeling. The hourlong album is heavily back loaded, and the final three cuts are the best. Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight) swings with a gospel feel, and the inventive instrumental, Dream #3, offers more surprises than anything else in the set. On the autobiographical closing title cut, Sir Elton is supported by warm horns and is convincing as a cabaret singer. Its a better role for him than trying to reclaim his youth. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Musicians can wander from group to group and join in as they feel the muse. While the professionals are top-notch and hardly ever miss a beat, the sound is very differeing on Main Street in the Pecan Grove. There are missed beats a plenty. There are rough voices. People playing out of tune and some of them too drunk to care. But there are also some really good ones, and some of them do eventually wind up on the main stage at the festival. When the music flows like this, it doesnt really even matter if you are good or not. That isnt the point of music on Main Street. The point is to let the music that is inside you out so others may hear. It is to communicate at a very basic level where even words do not exist. There are no age differences, no male or female, no races on Main Street in the Pecan Grove.

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Its highly unlikely anybody is ever going to confuse Parton, Lynn, Staples or any of them with anyone else. Yet such is Nelsons ability, no matter who hes performing with, it sounds like they were made for each other. Whats always amazed me about Nelson has been his ability to sing even the most sentimental and contrived song yet somehow or other make it emotionally honest. Theres something about his delivery and the genuineness of his voice which can turn the most hackneyed piece of pop or country music into sincere emotional expression. As a result, while there are some singers on this recording who I normally wouldnt listen to as I find their singing contrived, paired with Nelson I enjoyed their performances. Maybe they absorbed something of his integrity, or perhaps his talent is so vast it can cover up anothers deficiencies. Whatever the reason, no matter who hes teamed with on this recording the results are just fine. Of course some of the performances are better than others and to my mind there were a couple in particular that stood out. The combination of Nelson and Mavis Staples on the previously mentioned Grandmas Hands is probably the highlight of the disc. These are two of the great voices of popular music and to hear them together is to hear the form elevated to art. Neither of them have an insincere bone in their bodies and it comes through with every note and word they sing.