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The Local Beat #8

The Local Beat #8

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 Killakoi. The band got its start with three young men who were students at a local music school. The school is non-traditional with a focus on rock music and performing so it was a natural progression for them to get together. Vocalist and guitarist Jordan Mattacchione, bass guitarist Sam Ocheltree, and guitarist Robbie Riemer are all skilled musicians and technically proficient at their craft. In fact, they are now instructors at the same school, passing down their knowledge and wisdom to future generations of rockers. The three got together with one of the best drummers in the area, Michael Russo, and in 2017, Killakoi was born and has been kicking ass ever since.


In June of 2018, the band released their debut EP Pangea which was produced by Sahaj Ticotin of Ra to much critical acclaim. The songs on the record are top notch, showing a maturity far beyond their years as they tackle difficult subject matter touching on mental health issues with “Fall In Line” and issuing a thought-provoking statement on today’s political and socio-economic state with “Government Plastic.” With a sound that incorporates elements of hard rock, metal, grunge, nu-metal, and more, Killakoi has something that’s sure to please any music lover. The band took part in their first national tour last October, opening for From Ashes To New and Badflower, gaining a legion of fans along the way. The band has recently been back in the studio with Sahaj and will be releasing new music very soon. Last Friday, Killakoi put on a headline show at the much-beloved music venue Amos’ Southend, which recently opened back up to the delight of local bands and fans alike. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to catch up with Killakoi before the show and get an update on what they’ve been doing. They couldn’t talk about it at the time, but later that evening, it was revealed that Killakoi would be playing the Campground Party at this year’s inaugural Epicenter Festival and we can’t wait to check out their performance. You can listen in to our complete interview with Killakoi below and be sure to stay tuned to Shutter 16 for a full show review and photo gallery of the epic evening at Amos’.


Killakoi Is:

Jordan Mattacchione-Vocals, Guitar

Sam Ocheltree- Bass

Robbie Riemer-Guitar

Michael Russo- Drums

Shows To Check Out This Week

Le Bang with Diaspoura, Taylor Alxndr, and Celeste Moonchild at Snug Harbor

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Snug Harbor’s Thursday night Le Bang’s series will feature not one, but two hot synth pop acts this week. Producer and new media artist Diaspoura will be out supporting the recent two track release Traumaporn with a special set design and direction by Charlotte performance artist Amanda Medina. Atlanta synth-pop musician Taylor Alxndr will be bringing sounds that make you dance but also make you think with a social and political commentary. If you’re looking for something interesting this week, this is the show for you.

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Black Glass at Stooge’s Pub and Grub

Friday, March 15, 2019


It’s always a party when Black Glass makes an appearance. They have been a staple on the local Carolinas music scene since 2005 and will be rocking the Stooge this Friday. Come on out an enjoy an evening of eighties and classic rock music, Black Glass style.

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The Turnstiles with Whiskey Contradiction and Baby Tony & The Teenies at Tommy’s Pub

Friday, March 15, 2019

Get your toes tapping at Tommy’s Pub Friday night with the country rock of Charlotte’s own The Turnstiles. The band has recently released a CD of new music so get out there and check them out. Kicking the night off is the doo-wop of Baby Tony & The Teenies from Athens, Georgia.

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Den of Wolves CD Release Party with Kairos, Blackwater Drowning, Winter’s Gate, and Broken Testimony at The Milestone Club

Saturday, March 16, 2019


It will be an epic night of metal at the Milestone Saturday night with five bands hitting the stage to bring you the best in head-banging music. The featured artist, of course, is Charlotte band Den of Wolves who will bring their special style of metalcore to celebrate the official release of their new CD. If you love metal, this is the show for you to be at this weekend. Don’t miss it.

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Flame Tides CD Release Party at The Rabbit Hole

Saturday, March 16, 2019


Flame Tides will officially be releasing their debut CD Thunder Love Saturday evening at The Rabbit Hole. The duo of Hayley Moran on drums and Rocketman McNeely on baritone brings a heavy yet danceable vibe that is sure to make for an interesting evening. The bar will also feature an exclusive “Thunder Love” cocktail for your drinking pleasure. The punk of Trash Room will get things started with Mojo Le Fay bringing the old school drum and bass to close things out.

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Never Fall, Waft, Cadaver Creator, and Rites to Sedition at Skylark Social Club

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Do your St. Patrick’s Day right, in full metal style with Greenville, South Carolina band Never Fall hitting up the Skylark as part of their Blood and Honor Tour. Enjoy their terrific blend of old school thrash with a modern twist. Skip the Irish pub and enjoy a full evening of metal madness instead.

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Clint Roberts With Drunken Prayer, and Dane Page at the Pourhouse Raleigh

Sunday, March 17, 2019

This Sunday, the Pourhouse in Raleigh will host a lineup of Americana, alternative coiuntry, and roots rock that you will never forget. Songwriter Morgan Geer and Drunken Prayer will be out in support of their upcoming album Cordelia Elsewhere along with Asheville’s own Clint Roberts. Charlotte singer-songwriter Dane Page rounds out the evening.

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News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

Venus Invictus has sadly announced the departure of bassist Harley Quinn who is leaving the band to pursue other opportunities with her clothing business Harledactyl Threads as well as with Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. The band and Shutter 16 wish her nothing but the best, whatever her future may hold. Venus Invictus is currently auditioning potential new bassists.

Annabel Lee made the exciting announcement that they will be opening up for All That Remains along with Fear The United, Sideline, and Heaven Forbid. The show will take place Tuesday, April 9th at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro so get your tickets now.

EdensKiss had recently announced that the band would be calling it quits. Luckily Amanda, Jason, and Jeff have decided to try and rebuild. They are currently seeking a lead guitarist to replace Mike who has left the band. Good luck and we hope to see you out rocking again soon.

Special PSA: This upcoming weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, a day known for fun and drinking.  If you’re going to drink, please don’t drive. Stay safe and enjoy the shows!

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, the guys in Killakoi were 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 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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