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Column: The Local Beat #1

The Local Beat

Hello music lovers! Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Local Beat, a brand 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 featured artist and rising star is none other than Charlotte’s very own Something Clever. The band has become a staple on the local scene and just put on a killer performance at the Listen Local Series. With songs that range from full blown metal to radio friendly rock, Something Clever offers a little something for everyone. Add in their energetic, action packed stage show and they become a band that is destined for greatness. If you haven’t heard them yet, what are you waiting for. Check out the video for their single “The Hill” right now.

 

Something Clever has just announced the release of not one, but two brand new EPs, MOMENTS:RED which will be released on February 1st, and MOMENTS:BLUE to follow on March 1st. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to sit down with the band before their set at the Listen Local show and get the inside scoop on the new music. You can watch the entire interview with Something Clever below.

 

Something Clever is:

Adam Nelson-Vocals

Kelly Flusk-Lead Guitar

Brett Baker-Guitaar

Justin Tyme-Drums

Lawrence West-Bass

www.somethingcleverband.com

Shows To Check Out This Week

Chatham Rabbits CD Release Party at The Evening Muse

Thursday January 24, 2019

 

Hailing from Bynum, NC, the duo of Sarah Osborne (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) tell stories through their songs which come to life amidst brilliant imagery and deep Southern roots. And who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of their loving hound dog, Ruby. Opening the show are Lauren and Lane, sisters and fifth generation bluegrass musicians.

For more information go here!

Carolina Vibes and Akita at Petra’s

Thursday January 24, 2019

 

Enjoy some peace, love, and music with an eclectic mix of rock and roll that includes blues, soul, and even some reggae funk courtesy of Carolina Vibes. The band is led by the husband and wife team of lead vocalist and keyboard player Marsha Browning and guitarist Chris Browning along with bassist Paul Tharp and drummer Beattie Mullikin. The group has been an integral part of the Charlotte area club scene since 2013 and has been crafting their own original songs since 2016. Opening up the evening is the six piece funk band Akita.

For more information go here!

Aloha Broha with Rowdy Leaf, Leith K. Ali and Izar Estelle at The Milestone Club

Friday January 25, 2019

 

Release your inner punk rocker this weekend at the world famous Milestone club with Aloha Broha along with Rowdy Leaf, LeithK. Ali, and Izar Estelle. Enjoy the pop punk attack of bassist and vocalist Adam Griffith and guitarist Kevin Riggs who, according to their facebook page, sometimes has a mic.

For more information go here!

Solemn Shapes, Nixie Unterwelt, Malhond at the Skylark Social Club

Friday January 25, 2019

 

If you’re looking for something a bit darker, check out the electronic synths of experimental rock group Solemn Shapes. Their electronic wizardry will provide a haunting backdrop to your evening. Kicking things off is the electronic diva Nixie Unterwelt and transcontinental industrial band Malhond.

For more information go here!

The Fritz with The Wright Ave at The Rabbit Hole

Saturday January 26, 2019

 

Feel free to dance your night away with the soul driven, dance rock of Asheville band The Fritz. Their high energy sounds and funky vibe will have you on your feet in no time. Greensboro’s own The Wright Ave., named after one of their hometown streets, will get things started with their unique blend of blues grooves.

For more information go here!

Darrell Harwood at Stooge’s Pub & Grub

Saturday January 26, 2019

 

Spend your Saturday night boogieing your night away to the high powered country sounds of Darrell Harwood. Darrell is a big time singer and performer from the small town of China Grove, NC and has made quite a name for himself across the Carolinas. Don’t miss your chance to check him North Carolina’s very own country superstar.

For more information go here!

Someone (To Die For) Tour with Jimmy Gnecco (OURS) and Leeds (Royston Langdon)

Sunday January 27, 2019

 

The dynamic vocal stylings of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gnecco will take your breath away this Sunday evening as he makes a stop at The Evening Muse. Both his solo work and his work as the frontman for the band OURS has led to wide critical acclaim. Gnecco is currently working on his second solo album. Opening up for Gnecco is LEEDS, also known as Royston Langdon, the former lead singer of Spacehog. His new album is due to be released this May.

For more information go here!

Junior Astronomers and Zack Mexico at Snug Harbor

Sunday January 27, 2019

 

North Carolina natives Junior Astronomers have been making a splash in the indie rock scene for the last decade or so and will be hitting up Snug Harbor this Sunday for a show you definitely don’t want to miss. Their passion for their craft shines through with energetic performances whenever they hit the stage. Get there early and check out the latest from another North Carolina band, Zack Mexico of Kill Devil Hills.

For more information go 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 our first installment, Something Clever was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what they had to say.

 

If your band would like to be considered for inclusion in The Local Beat or if you have a show that you would love us to know about, please send us an email at info@shutter16.com or you can reach out to our man, or in this case, woman on the scene, photojournalist Kris Engelhart at fiascokris@gmail.com.

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