Welcome, Backbeat Magazine, to San Antonio’s high-stakes local-music-coverage game. Folks will call us competitors, but we say you’re really more like our brother in this unforgiving wilderness of cover bands, too-loud sound mixes, and hurtful, hurtful internet comments. You’re a brother we feel a strong sense of rivalry with, perhaps, but still a brother, and when it really counts, a brother we will not hesitate to tear apart with our big scary teeth the second we catch you so much as looking like you might be thinking about encroaching on San Antonio. You hear that splashing sound, Backbeat? That’s us, marking our territory. Our hair is hackled; now back away slowly before we rip your face off. All those local bands, the ones you’ve got playing your release party across three venues for the low, low cost of $6 per person — Hyperbubble (above), Viet-Ruse, Education, not to mention the newly reunited Kylie Factor, Losing Streak, and the Martyrs? Those bands are our bands. Find your own city or WE WILL CRUSH YOU. Good luck and godspeed, fellow music scribes! If you need us, we’ll be at Limelight, peeing on Buttercup. $6, 8:30pm Sat, Oct 31, Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, 1033 Ave. B; The Ten Eleven, 1011 Ave. B; and SWC Lounge, 1210 E. Elmira, myspace.com/backbeatzine. — Jeremy Martin
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