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The Southern sludge-metal band Beaten Back to Pure was a central player in one of the more fascinating rock happenings I’ve witnessed. BBTP was but one of many bands slated to play in a festival here last year. One of the preceding acts took a break in the middle of its set to berate the bewhiskered Beaten members for their frequent use of the Flag That Shall Not Be Waved. (Now, in case there is any doubt as to the band’s aesthetic, sample album titles include Southern Apocalypse and The Burning South.) The offended opening band not only called BBTP out as hillbilly hatemongers but also went on to say that it would never again play with a band that flew the Stars and Bars. (Guitarist Vince Burke is pictured.) At this point, a plant in the audience raised her fist and incitingly yelled, “Long live the New South,” a phrase I had never actually heard said in earnest—even when I was a Kappa Alpha pledge. Suffice it to say that the men of BBTP promptly renounced their cracker ways, joined hands, and sang a stirring rendition of “Ebony and Ivory,” and racism was finally cured. OK, they actually ignored the statements and unrepentantly barrelled through a bludgeoning set heavier than all the Fabulous Freebirds’ songs put together. A band that looks like Antiseen’s little brothers and sounds like Molly Hatchet’s Danny Joe Brown having a hoedown with Pig Destroyer doesn’t really care much for the opinion of others. So, after you finish protesting the antebellum bullshit of The Dukes of Hazzard, come continue the discourse with the good ol’ boys of BBTP. Beaten Back to Pure plays with October 31, Ecliptic, Withered, and Magrudergrind at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th St. NW. $7. (202) 783-3933. (David Dunlap Jr.)