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The Local Beat #7

The Local Beat:

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 none other than Charlotte’s very own Reason Define. These fantastic, talented women know how to rock and have been a staple on the local music scene for years. The band’s 2017 debut album Far From Strangers turned quite a few heads as Reason Define began their rise to the top with top- notch musicianship and creative songwriting. The ladies have been steadfastly perfecting their craft and have just released their sophomore album in memory… The new record is a brilliant concept album that deals with the five stages of grief-denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Drawing influence from the world-renowned psychiatrist and author Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Reason Define has come up with a magnificent new album full of hard-hitting riffs, crunching rhythms, and soaring vocals. Songs like the first single “Pointing Fingers” and the punk rocker “The Hunter (The Hunted) will have audiences on their feet banging their heads to the fierce guitars of Savannah Ruff and Shelby McVicker while drummer Sydney McVicker and bass guitarist Catilin Rutkowski provide a thundering backbone. The band has also showcased their softer side with a beautiful, piano ballad “Mirrors” featuring drummer Sydney McVicker on piano and poignant vocals from Paolina Massaro. Packed with a powerful emotional punch, “Mirrors” is both elegant and divine.

The growth shown on this album is astounding and it is safe to say that Reason Define is about to embark on one hell of a ride.  The band is in the midst of a month-long tour in support of the new record culminating in their official album release party which will take place right here in Charlotte at Amos’ Southend on Friday, March 29th. It’s definitely a show you won’t want to miss. Check out their website and social media accounts for all the latest. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with lead vocalist Paolina Massaro and get all the details on the new record and tour. You can listen to our interview in full below.

Reason Define Is:

Paolina Massaro-Vocals

Caitlin Rutkowski-Bass

Savannah Ruff-Guitar

Shelby McVicker-Guitar

Sydney McVicker-Drums


Shows To Check Out This Week

Tosco Music Open Mic Night at The Evening Muse

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Come join the fun this Wednesday at The Evening Muse for the Tosco Music Open Mic Night. This is where you can see both seasoned veterans of the local music scene as well as beginners taking the stage for the very first time. Better yet, all are welcome so you can sign up and perform yourself. Signups start at 7 PM so get there early. What are you waiting for?

For more information, visit this website!

Sexy Dex and The Fresh with Lil Skrit, Joshua Cotterino, and Human Pippi at Snug Harbor

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Come experience some fresh soul straight from New Orleans with Sexy Dex and The Fresh at Snug Harbor. Led by frontman Dexter Gilmore, the award-winning  band will definitely bring out the funk in you. So get your groove on and dance the night away at this Wednesday at Snug.

For more information, go HERE.

Weedeater, ASG, Toke, and Beitthemeans at The Rabbit Hole

Thursday, March 7, 2019

North Carolina’s very own lords of sludge bring their show to the Rabbit Hole this Thursday. The Wilmington natives are currently out touring the southeast will bring their special brand of metal along with them. This one is bound to be off the hook so come check it out.

For more information, go HERE.

Killakoi With Beyond The Fade, Testarossa, and A Light Divided at Amos’ Southend

Friday, March 8, 2019

Our local boys in Killakoi will be taking the stage Friday night at the newly re-opened Amos’ Southend for a night of rock and roll that you won’t want to miss. The band hit everyone’s radar last year with the release of their debut EP Pangea. With the help of producer Sahaj Ticotin, Killakoi has established their own, unique sound that sets them apart from the pack and are currently hard at work on new music. As an added bonus, drummer Michael Russo will be doing double duty behind the kit performing with both Killakoi and Beyond The Fade. Testarossa and A Light Divided will kick the evening off in rocking style. Come on out and show your support.

For more information, go HERE.

Metal Madness Featuring Black Ritual, Violent Life Violent Death,  Kairos., and East Viridian at The Underground

Friday, March 8, 2019

It’s bound to be a crazy night of metal madness this Friday night at The Underground as four awesome bands hit the stage. Headlining the evening is none other than Black Ritual and the guitars of Gary Rackley and Jody Gibson. Earlier this year, the band released the first single “Shot Caller” off their upcoming EP Red Horse of War. If metal runs through your veins, this is the show for you. Come on out and bang your head at The Underground!

For more information, go HERE.

Terror Pigeon with Rowdy Leaf and No Rope at the Courtroom Rock Hill, SC

Friday, March 8, 2019

Labeling themselves as the world’s sweatiest band, Terror Pigeon is always on tour and is bringing their dance party to the Courtroom Friday night for an evening of fun that you won’t want to miss. Forest City’s Rowdy Leaf and Charlotte’s No Rope will get things started.

For more information, go HERE.

PONCE at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Nashville’s best indie rock duo, PONCE, will hit the stage at Hattie’s for a FREE show this Saturday night. Twin brothers Carson and Michael Ponce are the perfect combination of rock and pop with fantastic harmonizing riffs and killer synth-driven pop melodies. The band is about midway through their spring tour through the southeast. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique duo live in an intimate setting.

For more information, go HERE.

Southern Culture on the Skids with Esther Rose at the Visulite Theatre

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Southern Culture on the Skids has been a staple of the local North Carolina music scene since guitarist Rick Miller’s grad-student days at UNC-Chapel Hill. The current band lineup has been playing together for over 30 years whether it be at house parties, on late night television talk shows, at NC Correctional facilities or even at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. This is a band that has truly seen and done it all. This is the show of the weekend so head down to the Visulite and “Camel Walk” the night away.

For more information, go HERE.

Paint Fumes, Scott Yoder, Plastic Man, and Pet Bug at Petra’s

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Enjoy a full evening of live, local music this Sunday at Petra’s. The punkish garage rock of Charlotte’s own Paint Fumes will be the main event and they are definitely a band that you must see live to fully appreciate. Joining them is a varied lineup with the theatrical singer-songwriter Scott Yoder, the pop-rock of Plastic Man all the way from Florence, Italy and the emotion-driven indie rock of Pet Bug. It’s the perfect way to cap off your weekend so go check them out.

For more information, go HERE.

News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but this week the beloved music venue Amos’ Southend will finally reopen its doors. We can’t wait to see what exciting changes the club has done. You can check out their full calendar of shows at

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, Paolina Massaro from Reason Define 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




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