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Deli Premiere: Tennessee Scum fights the power with "War Zone"

With Tennessee Scum, a band isn't just a band or a hobby. It certainly isn't meant to be a cynical money machine, and I'm sure they'd have a few choice words for anyone with those aspirations. It's about a message and a lifestyle, and every day in that life is a battle. At least that's the message on "War Zone," the latest single off the soon-to-be-released What A Drag. "War Zone" is classic Scum, a quick burner with plenty of weight regardless, but the new album is definitely an evolution in a more refined direction. Make no mistake, there's no less fury to be found. The sound is just more focused; it's sharper around the edges and all the more deadly for it. 

Keep an eye on the band's Facebook page for new track postings daily and don't miss them at Foobar for the album release show on July 30 with Ebony Eyes, Roman Polanki's Baby, and Hans Condor. -Austin Phy  

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Magic in Threes ride easy on "V"

Sometimes in the summer heat all you can do is fight fire with fire, and fire is exactly what you'll find on V, the latest from instrumental soul-psych wizards Magic in Threes. The band sits back and lets the beats speak for themselves as features from DeRobert, Tujarzz, and Wally Clark take center stage. There's a heavy dose of 90's East Coast hip hop powering the whole affair, but over-indulgence isn't a problem. V is produced to a golden crisp and brings its influences into a totally modern context. -Austin Phy

Quinn Erwin delivers pop goodness on "Living in America"

On the title track from Afterlife Parade frontman Quinn Erwin's new Living in America EP, Erwin waxes political over a hooting choir and some catchy riffs that are squeaky clean but never feel any less true for it. "Gray" is a more somber number, faking out a lead-up to some kind of grand climax and instead veering into a bit of stripped-down emotional crooning at the pivotal moment. It's a different type of songwriting than we're used to hearing around these parts, but I think it's a refreshing change and one well worth your precious listening time. -Austin Phy

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Best Friend hits the high neon notes on "Flowers/Always Is"

If lo-fi post-punk with a sense of driving urgency is your jam (and it certainly is mine), then Best Friend's newest EP deserves a spot on every summer nighttime listening mix you burn for that special someone. That girl with the dark leather jacket who's way too cool for you, but you just can't stop picturing yourself driving off into the Miami sunset with her right there in your DeLorean? That's the one. She'll dig it. You'll dig it. -Austin Phy

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Heavy Breather finds positive expression in sadness on self-titled EP

The self-titled debut EP from Heavy Breather falls somewhere on the emotional spectrum near mournful, but it's pulled out of self-wallowing by the sheer amount of soul going on here and a handful of vocal-range's-end, throaty yells like Prince going for broke. When the album isn't crying over love lost, it's carried by a bass so slippery you need not even bother trying to pin it down into some real candlelight sensuality. Give it a listen below and see what it can do for you. -Austin Phy

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