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The Local Beat #2

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 featured artist and rising star is none other than the Charlotte rockers, The Fill Ins. With their no bullshit based brand of rock and roll, The Fill Ins are the perfect combination of old school rock and punk attitude. Their most recent record was the four- song EP No Love Lost released in 2018 which includes three original songs and an amazing cover of the KISS classic “Strutter” and is available on cassette tape. If you’re like me and don’t own a tape deck, fear not as the band has included a digital download that you can easily load to your cell phone or other electronic devices. See what the band is all about and check out their tune “No Love Lost” here.

The band is currently without a permanent drummer, but that isn’t going to stop The Fill Ins from pursuing their musical dreams. For their most recent gig in Atlanta at the Down South Showdown, the guys were able to find a fill-in drummer. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, he had to bail. Putting out a call to arms, or drums in this case, on social media for a replacement, The Fill Ins were able to find a fill-in for their fill-in, as former Gunpowder Gray drummer Justin Smith stepped in to save the day. After a harried, very late night practice, The Fill Ins made it to the gig and kicked some serious ass. Ladies and gentlemen, it simply doesn’t get more rock and roll than that. While their drummer search continues, the band is continuing to move forward with some new and exciting things including the Something Good For Ya podcast and perhaps some new music in 2019. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with frontman Alex Stiff who caught us up on all the latest from The Fill Ins. You can listen to our full chat here.

The Fill Ins are:

Alex Stiff-Vocals & Guitar

Muscles Mikey-Lead Guitar

Captain Nunn-Bass

? Still Searching-Drums

Show To Check Out This Week

Modern Primitives at Snug Harbor

Wednesday, January 30

Modern Primitives have been honing their craft and putting in killer live performances around the Charlotte music scene since 2011. Led by guitarist Travis Phillips and drummer Phillip Gripper, their unique blend of garage rock, psychedelic undertones, and grooving blues sets them apart from the crowd. The band is finishing up its January residency at Snug Harbor with a final show this Wednesday night.

Diamonds and Whiskey with Temperance League at the Visulite Theatre

Thursday, January 31

Check out some “Dark Country Voodoo” with the sounds of Charlotte’s own Diamonds and Whiskey when they hit the Visulite this Thursday evening. Led by the siren vocals of Jennifer Lauren, the band captures a sound that is all their own, a combination of New Orleans roots rock and alternative country. The band describes it as “where the swamps of Lousiana meet the hills of North Carolina,” giving them a broad appeal to both country and rock fans alike. The anthemic rock of Temperance League will open the show.

The Bloodworth Project with Gigi Dover & The Big Love at Petra’s

Friday, February 1

The very best blues in Charlotte will be at Petra’s this Friday night with none other than The Bloodworth Project. The band is led by guitarist and vocalist Spencer Bloodworth and bassist Tyler Apple who have been making music together since they were high school classmates back in 2007. Their alternative blues sound is full of Memphis soul and New Orleans funk and is best experienced by immersing yourself into their live set. Kicking off the evening is the world music of Gigi Dover & The Big Love.

Shreve the Professor & DJ Jet at The Evening Muse

Friday, February 1

The hip hop beats of C.Shreve the Professor will take over The Evening Muse Friday night along with DJ Jet. Hailing from Deep Gap, North Carolina, hip hop artist Chris Shreve is also the founder of the Asheville-based hip hop group,  Free The Optimus. His music boasts positive and poetic lyrics as Shreve looks to transform the world with his slick raps and jazz influenced beats. This is definitely a show that will have the audience out of their seats and up on their feet.

NC Metal featuring Divine Treachery, Annabel Lee, Dragged By The Neck, and Death of August at KEG and CUE

Saturday, February 2

North Carolina is a hotbed of metal madness and this Saturday’s show at the KEG and CUE will feature four of the area’s hottest metal bands around. From the heavy metal of Charlotte’s Death of August and the metalcore of Bessemer City natives Dragged By The Neck to the hardcore metal of Charlotte’s Annabel Lee and the manic metal of Greensboro’s Divine Treachery, the lineup will provide local metal fans ample opportunities to headbang and mosh the night away. This is a show guaranteed to melt your face off.

Magnolia Boulevard at Thomas Street Tavern

Saturday, February 2

Enjoy the soulful blues and rock and roll stylings of Magnolia Boulevard at Thomas Street Tavern this Saturday night. Led by the rich, full voice of vocalist and guitarist Maggie Noelle, the five-piece band hails from Lexington, Kentucky and does a great job of balancing different musical backgrounds into one cohesive unit. Winners of Best Rock Band at the 2018 Lexington Music Awards and FloydFest’s 2018 “On The Rise” award, Magnolia Boulevard is a band that is quickly moving up. Don’t miss your chance to check them out in such an intimate environment while you have the chance.

Pullover with Woolbright, Bangzz and Wild Trees at The Milestone Club

Saturday, February 2

Spend your Saturday night at the most iconic music venue in Charlotte as Pullover takes over The Milestone Club. The indie rock outfit is the most recent brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Phil Pucci. Their sound is raw and packed with emotion and pretty much takes whatever shape they want it to in the moment. You won’t want to miss their live set this weekend along with Miami-based Woolbright, Raleigh’s garage punkers Bangzz and Charlotte’s own Wild Trees.

The Mike Strauss Band at Free Range Brewing

Sunday, February 3

If you’re looking to skip the whole big football bash on Sunday and partake in some excellent live music instead, head on over to Free Range Brewing. Every Sunday evening, Free Range offers free live music as part of their Free Live Tunes series and this week’s featured artist is Charlotte’s very own The Mike Strauss Band.  Mike has been a staple on the local music scene for years and years with his passionate brand of rural rock and Americana. His band also features Molly Jay on trombone and Jon Schigoda on upright bass. Come out this Sunday and show your support for a local legend.

News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

Don’t forget this Friday is the release of Something Clever’s brand new EP Moments:Red. Go snag your copy today and stay tuned to Shutter 16 for our complete review.

Word has it that Killakoi is hard at work, holed up in a California studio with the legendary Sahaj Ticotin, laying down some new tracks. Stay tuned for new Killakoi music coming soon in 2019.

Just a few days ago, the ferocious females in Reason Define, released a their brand new single “Mirrors” from their upcoming album in memory. The ladies are hard at work touring and will be headed back to Charlotte at the end of May for their official release party show at Amos’ Southend. You can check out “Mirrors” below.

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. Its 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, Alex Stiff of The Fill Ins 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 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


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