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Around Town: The Local Beat #12

The Local Beat #12

Hello music lovers! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Local Beat, a new weekly column here on Shutter 16 magazine. The staff here at Shutter 16 is committed to bringing you all the latest information on the local and indie music scene, including must-see shows, exclusive interviews, new music, reviews, and tons more.  Here in the Carolinas, we are lucky enough to live in an area where the local music scene is not only thriving but growing by leaps and bounds. The Local Beat is our way of showcasing the amazing talent right here in our own backyards. So let’s get to it.

This Week’s Rising Star

This week’s rising star honors go to Charlotte’s favorite metal madmen Black Ritual.  A true staple of the local metal scene, fans have been banging their heads to Black Ritual for over a decade now. Since their 2008 debut
1000 Yard Stare, the band has been committed to establishing their own unique sound with each song being different than the last. Blending different styles of metal including deathcore, thrash, hardcore, southern, and melodic has helped them achieve this lofty goal.

The band parted ways in 2010 to pursue other projects and interests but came back together in 2015 after acknowledging that their best writing and best work was within the Black Ritual family. Their 2017 Resurrection EP proved just that as the band was back heavier and better than ever. The thundering rhythms and galloping riffs could literally knock you to the ground and vocalist Charlie Calebro sounded better than ever. The creative juices kept flowing as 2018 saw their strongest release yet, the five-song EP Red Horse of War. It was a perfect title for a band that has been digging through the metal trenches and always seems to make it out the other side. You can catch the band live on June 15th at The Underground Charlotte as they host the 5th annual Queen City Metal Fest and be sure to vote for Charlie as he is up for a Carolina Music Award for Best Rock Male. Click here to vote! Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with bass guitarist Eddie Cousins and find out what the band has been up to and what they’ve got in the works. You can listen to our interview in full below.

Black Ritual Is:

Charlie Calebro-Vocals

Jody Gibson-Guitar

Eddie Cousins-Bass

Brad Sellers-Drums

Gary Rackley-Guitar


Shows To Check Out This Week

The Remarks, Nordista Freeze, and Gardeners at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Come on out to Hattie’s and enjoy the dreamy indie pop-rock of Charlotte based band The Remarks. Joining them will be Nashville’s Nordista Freeze and Gardeners.

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State Birds, Ashley Heath & Her Heathens at the Pour House, Raleigh

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh continues their Thursday night Local Band Local Beer shows with State Birds. The guys in State Birds are all truly world class musicians and are definitley worth checking out. Don’t miss Ashley Heath & Her Heathens’ set which will be rich with roots based Americana.

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Player Made: An Ode To Souther Rap of All Eras at Snug Harbor

Friday, May 10, 2019

This is where the party will be  Friday night with Elevator Jay, Jaboi B Rab, and A-Huf at Snug Harbor. The show is free up until 11 PM so get there early and party with the best.

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Fools Generation, Occulum Dei, and More at Amos’ Southend

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Not going to the big metal festival this weekend, no worries, we’ve got you covered. Head over to Amos’ Southend for a fantastic local metal lineup that will leave your neck sore from all the headbanging. Hickory’s own Fools Generation will headline the show along with Occulum Dei, Saving Darkness, and October.

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Brut Beat, Jazzology, and David Childers at Petra’s

Saturday, May 11, 2019

If jazz is your thing, Petra’s is the place to be Saturday evening as Brut Beat brings their unique blend of jazz infused with afro-beat, punk, and be-bop. Charlotte’s own Jazzology will play all the classic jazz favorites including selections from Monk, Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. Kicking things off is singer-songwriter and historian David Childers.

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Wolf Skin at Skylark Social Club

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday is Mother’s Day and if your mom loves metal, why not treat her to a show instead of the usual flowers or candy? South Dakota metal band Wolf Skin is currently out on their North/East Tour and will be making a stop Sunday night at the Skylark. Charlotte’s own Still Searching will kick off the show.

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Notable News From Around The Scene

Charlotte metal band Black Ritual is currently on the hunt for a drummer. If you’re interested or know somebody who might be a good fit, let them know. More information is available on the band’s Facebook page.

Charlotte rockers Something Clever will soon be shooting a new music video for the song “Get With It” and want you to be part of the action. All ages are welcome and no ticket is required, just show up. The shoot will take place at Grievous Gallery in Salisbury on May 25th. For details, click here.

Tour Bus Trivia

Tour Bus Trivia is a fun segment during which we here at Shutter 16 get to ask fun questions from one of our local artists. It’s kind of like a quiz show, except the questions are easy and often silly, and unfortunately, there are no prizes.  For this week’s installment, Eddie Cousins of Black Ritual was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what he had to say.

If your band would like to be considered for inclusion in The Local Beat or if you have a show, music news, or a new release you’d like us to review, please send us an email at or you can reach out to our man, or in this case, woman on the scene, photojournalist Kris Engelhart at If you’re at a show don’t forget to tag those pics with #twitfromthepit so we can all share the local love.

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