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Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, then learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their subsequent youths. With strong influences running the gamut from country and roots to punk and power pop, this distinctly Southern, soulful, inspired music is a force to be reckoned with. Pulled together by Bains as he returned to his home of Birmingham after a stint in Tuscaloosa institution the Dexateens, The Glory Fires match the passionate frontman with intense urgency and musical prowess. Their debut album (and titular single, featured here), was inspired by the mishearing of a line from an old hymn – as “There is a balm in Gilead,” became a bomb, ready to blow up any minute.
iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours — more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company’s profits, the iPhone is Apple’s best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
Internet has changed the way we listen to music. Mobile devices and access to online networks has led to some very innovative ways of consuming, experiencing and sharing sound.

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