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Winners Advance in Spin’s Hot Pursuit

The Hot Pursuit, Spin magazine and Music Nation’s onlinechallenge in search of the next breakout rock act, has pushed two morebands into to the next round. The Scarlet, a trio hailing fromYorktown Heights, NY, which judge Tim Kasher (Cursive, the Good Life)calls “much more interesting and captivating then 98 percent of musicout there today,” as well as New York City-based outfit the Fire and the Reason, now move forward, joining other victorious acts like Theo and the Skyscrapers and the Jetsetting.

Checkout this week’s winners’ tunes and videos below, as well as those fromother popular contestants — Winona, MN-based rockers Wake Up Bedhead and Seattle’s Surface Tension. Bands can still enter — head over to to register, or just browse the thousands of bands and help us pick the winners!

“A Hiccup in Time” by the Scarlet: