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The Local Beat #13

The Local Beat #13

Hello music lovers! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Local Beat. 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 one of the region’s most eclectic bands, 30 Year Sick. Hailing from Winston-Salem, the band has been making music together since 2003 and consists of Akmeraj Niroc on vocals and synths, Will C. Wilder on guitars, synths, and drums, and Jim Goodman on bass and synths. Did you notice the emphasis on synths? 30 Year Sick is a synth-heavy band best described as dark-wave electronic with an ability to blend the different genres of electronic, rock, and synth-pop into their own unique sound. Their rhythms are hypnotic, made to get you up and moving with lyrics that are driven by pure emotion. 

In May of 2018, the band released the Postpunks EP which features a remix of the title track by Clayton Worbeck of Stayte and Revolting Cocks fame and guest drummer Ryan Hoyle of Collective Soul on “Who Do (You think You Are). A full-length album is currently in the works with the hopes of a release date sometime in 2019. As with many bands, their live show is the best way to experience everything that 30 Year Sick has to offer. At a show, you will find a mesmerizing display of visuals to accompany the music with Will and Jim often donning masks in order to let the music be the all-encompassing focus. One of the band’s biggest shows happened in 2017 when they played one of the Purgatory events at Amos’ Southend to a crowd of well over one thousand and their tour experience had them sharing the stage with the likes of Thrill Kill Kult, Hanzel Und Gretyl, and Pigface. They have an upcoming show on August 20th at the Milestone in Charlotte as they open for God Module on The Unsound Tour. This is a show you won’t want to miss, so plan on being there to check out all the action. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with Niroc awhile ago and catch up with everything that 30 Year Sick has going on. You can listen to our interview in full below. 


30 Year Sick is:

Akmeraj Niroc-Vocals, Synths

Will c. Wilder-Guitars, Synths, Drums

Jim Goodman-Bass, Synths

Shows To Check Out This Week

Julian Calendar, Post Hunk, Zodiac Lovers at Petra’s

Thursday, July 4, 2019


If you’re looking to forgo the traditional family barbecue and fireworks this Thursday, head on over to Petra’s and treat  yourself to some great live music. Experimental rockers Julian Calendar will be in the house along with Post Hunk and Zodiac Lovers. You can check out their latest single “Men Are Cancelled” via bandcamp. All proceeds from the song are going to support Planned Parenthood. 

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The Up & Up, The Spectacles, Ashley LaRue at the Pour House Raleigh

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Come and celebrate the Fourth of July at the Pour House in Raleigh as they continue their tradition of Local Band Local Beer nights. This time it is Raleigh’s newest funk band The Up & Up along with The Spectacles and Ashley LaRue.

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Reason Define w/Bull Moose, The Digital Drug & American Theory at The Milestone 

Friday, July 5, 2019


The super talented ladies of rock are back in Charlotte as Reason Define hits the Milestone this Friday. Hot off the heels of their In memory album and subsequent tour now is your chance to see this amazing band before they hit the road again. 

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Modern Primitives Video Release at Snug Harbor

Friday, July 5, 2019


For a wild night, check out the pyschedelic rock vibe of Charlotte’s own Modern Primitives. They will be having their official video release Friday night at Snug Harbor and bringing Psyche Ops, and Turbo Blood along for the ride. 

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Darrell Harwood at Apps & Taps

Friday, July5, 2019


Get your country boogie on this Friday in Mooresville as Darrell Harwood takes over the stage at Apps & Taps for what’s sure to be a rockin’ good time. 

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Graveyard Boulevard & friends at Tommy’s Pub

Saturday, July 6, 2019


If horror punk is more your style, you’ll want to be at Tommy’s Pub Saturday night to check out Charlotte’s own Graveyard Boulevard. With songs like “Queen City Catastrophe” and “That’s My Mom,” this is a show that people will definitely be talking about.  As an added bonus, this show is free!

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Notable News From Around The Scene

A couple local bands are about to get a whole lot bigger. Both Testarossa and Something Clever have announced that they will be taking part in the pre-party festivites for the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, Tennessee this October. If you’re headed out that way, make plans now to get there early and show some love for our locals. 

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Lots of great things are happening in the Queen City music scene and the brand new Charlotte Area League of Musicians aka C.A.L.M. Hats off to industry professional Brandon Hinson for helping spearhead the efforts. Brandon and local musician Amanda Tattermask recently sat down with the one and only Divakar from 106.5 The End to chat about everything that’s been happening. You can catch the show this Sunday, July7 at 9PM on 106.5 The End so be sure and tune in. 

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, Akmeraj Niroc of 30 Year Sick was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what she 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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