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Recommended: The Local Beat #6

The Local Beat #6

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 Carolina’s, 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 none other than Nova Mortis. Hailing from Eastern North Carolina, this metal band means business. From the blistering guitars of Tommy Smith and Kane Cerny and stellar vocals of Gabe Perez to the rock solid foundation of drummer Josh Williams and bass guitarist Eli Slater, Nova Mortis possesses nothing but the best talent around. Their sound is a mixed bag of old school metal and thrash with plenty of hardcore and punk influences thrown in  to make things interesting. With fire and fury, they quickly grab your attention and leave you wanting more. Playing live is where the band really shines with a fast paced, energetic show that will have fans on their feet and the mosh pits going.

The band’s most recent effort is a single called “Don’t Feed Tommy After Midnight,” a raucous ride of pure metal adrenaline. Though the tune lyrically doesn’t have anything to do with the movie Gremlins, the song title was definitely inspired by it and is a perfect fit for the craziness that ensues when guitarist Tommy Smith lets things rip.  The new song kicks off with the annihilating beats of Williams’ drums and a creepy, bad ass bass line. When the guitars kick in along with the frenzied growls of Perez, it’s a full throttle, pedal to the metal adventure in true Nova Mortis style.  Don’t miss the guitar work towards the end of the song which is a true showcase for the technical skills of Smith shown off in mind blowing fashion. The video for the song premiered about two months ago and follows the story-line of the band auditioning for a gig. The clip was written and directed by Jaiden frost and is more of a film than a music video. I don’t want to give too much away. You can watch and enjoy the clip yourself to see what it’s all about. Nova Mortis is following up “Don’t Feed Tommy After Midnight,” with a new album due out this June and the promise of a part two to the video. Shutter 16 recently had the opportunity to catch up with Tommy and find out all the details. You can listen in to the complete interview below. Stay tuned to Shutter 16 and Nova Mortis’s Facebook page for more updates.


Nova Mortis is:

Tommy Smith- Guitar

Kane Cerny-Guitar

Josh Williams-Drums

Eli Slater-Bass

Gabe Perez-Vocals


Shows To Check Out This Week:

Modern Moxie with Kevin Goodwin at Petra’s

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Charlotte’s own indie rockers Modern Moxie will bring their alternative vibe to Petra’s this Thursday. Led by vocalist and guitarist Madison Lucas, the band is set for great things in 2019 with the upcoming release of their debut album Claw Your Way. Don’t miss your chance to check them out and see what their new music is all about. Opening the show is the pop rock of singer-songwriter Kevin Goodwin.

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Chris Larkin with Sparkman at The Evening Muse

Thursday, February 28, 2019


Enjoy the high energy pop rock of Raleigh artist Chris Larkin and his band.  The trio will be at The Evening Muse for a set of stellar music. Larkin is known for his outstanding songwriting with influences from bands like The Neighborhood and Cage The Elephant. The acoustic alternative sounds of Charlotte’s Sparkman will kick things off.  

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Kairos., Artificial Oceans, Rites To Seditions, and No Rope at Skylark Social Club

Friday, March 1, 2019


The Skylark Social Club will host a monster lineup of metal this Friday night with Charlotte’s own metal giants,  Kairos. Blending the lines of progressive metal and heavier genres like death metal, Kairos. Is guaranteed to knock you out of your seat. They’re bringing a stacked lineup along with them so don’t miss your chance to get your mosh on.

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Kodie Shane at the Neighborhood Theatre

Friday, March 1, 2019


The smooth hip-hop style of Atlanta artist Kodie Shane will hit the Neighborhood Theatre Friday night on the Young HearThrob Tour. Her sound is fierce and she has worked with some of the hottest artists in hip-hop. Don’t miss your chance to check out this upcoming star.

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All Them Witches with Plague Vendor at The Visulite Theatre

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Come experience the “divine energy” of Nashville rockers All Them Witches this Saturday at the intimate Visulite Theatre. Their most recent album ATW was released this past September on New West Records featuring the stellar single “Diamond.” Their sound is raw and unfettered, a breath of fresh air that takes you back to their rock roots. Be sure to get there early and check out the raw energy of California’s Plague Vendor.

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Commander Keen, Jim Shorts, and The Cocker Spaniels at Tommy’s Pub

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Finish up your weekend in fine fashion with a terrific lineup of music Sunday night at Tommy’s Pub with Tennessee rockers Commander Keen. Come and enjoy a live set of raw, organic rock and roll that is best appreciated live and in person. The fuzzy sounds of Jim Shorts and Charlotte’s own The Cocker Spaniels will get the evening started.

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The Instigators and Open Blues Jam at The Rabbit Hole

Sunday, March 3, 2019

If you’re a lover of the blues, The Rabbit Hole is the place to be Sunday. You can check out the Chicago Blues and Southern Soul of The Instigators followed by an open blues jam. The event is sponsored by the Charlotte Blues Society. You can check out the link for song listings and jam guidelines.

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News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Something Clever’s new release Moments:Blue. The brand new EP is set to be released this Friday, March 1, 2019 and is a must have for your collection.

You can check out a review of the album by shutter 16 journalist Andy Frisk below.

Another great local band has a release coming out this Friday. We’re talking about the fantastically talented ladies of Reason Define. Their new album in memory… is exquisite and not to be missed so grab your copy soon. Stay tuned for a complete review coming soon right here on Shutter 16.


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, Tommy Smith from Nova Mortis 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 or other music news that you would love us to know about, 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 Also, add #twitfromthepit to your concert social media shots so we can follow along, share, and see bands we should cover too!

Until next week! \m/


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