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Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: The Sweets

Phuzz Phest is a stellar festival for not only seeing North Carolina artists, but also getting a taste for the local Winston-Salem music scene. With attendees coming from all around the area and the state, Phuzz Phest is a great opportunity for some of these bands to perform.

The Sweets, a four-piece local group, are one of those bands with such an opportunity. Their blend of lo-fi psychedelic garage pop has been a real pleasure to listen to so far online, and I’m looking forward to seeing how their live act holds up.

The Sweets were formed in December of 2012 by Zach and Justin, two brothers from the home of Phuzz Phest, Winston-Salem. With the aid of two more members, Danner and another Justin, they’ve released a few EPs and a couple of split cassettes, and are currently working on releasing their first 7” record on their label, Bleeding Gold Records.

The Sweets will be performing at Krankie’s at 7PM on Sunday, April 6th.

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Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: Diarrhea Planet

I’ve told a lot of people about Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet. Most people shudder at the name, assuming they’re a shock-value powerviolence band. Others simply don’t want to pay any mind to a band not willing to take themselves seriously.

Take a chance on them, however, and you’ll find an act that takes their live show very seriously. The six-piece brings a kind of energy like no other, creating a sound and spirit frequently likened to Andrew W.K. if he was a bit sloppier. These guys have shared bills with the likes of Titus Andronicus and played Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival. They have an uncanny ability to unite a crowd in drunken unison in their anthemic hit “Ghost with a Boner.” They also have four guitarists.

Diarrhea Planet headline The Garage Sunday night at 11:40. You’re probably going to want to read up on some lyrics if you’re going to sing along, though.

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Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: Brain F≠

Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: Brain F≠

Charlotte’s Brain F≠’s first impression is usually, “How am I supposed to say that out loud?” The answer to that question, oddly, is Brain Flannel. However, upon listening to their release Empty Set, you won’t care about putting the punk band’s name into words as their white-knuckle riffs take hold. They bring the spirit of a poppy garage rock song, then get it into enough bar brawls until it’s a punk’d up mess that knows how to have fun. If you’re looking to spice up your Phuzz Phest schedule with a something to get the blood flowing during the middle of your weekend, look no further. Brain F≠ will take the stage on Saturday, April 5 at 9PM at Krankie’s Coffee. You should probably be ready to get rowdy.

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Pre-Phuzz: Non-Music Coolness

This year’s Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem is obviously exploding at the seams with high tier artists of all kind, but they didn’t stop there.

 Phuzz has decided to follow suit after some other festivals from North Carolina and elsewhere by including some great programming during the daytime that runs a cool-weird gamut. 

Similar to Hopscotch in years past, this year’s Phest will include an alley cat style bike race.

For those unfamiliar with this kind of bike race here’s what wikipedia has to say. 

From personal experience at the Hepcat and others around Raleigh I can say it is of the utmost of all fun. Little to no experience is necessary to participate and even succeed in these camaraderie building events. This race in particular looks cheap and inviting. Plus– there’s prizes, what else matters? The race will begin at Krankies Coffee on Saturday at noon.

Speaking of coffee, also in conjunction with the musical festivities this coming weekend is a “Coffee Conference” on Sunday also held at Krankie’s beginning at noon and all I have to say is– 

free espresso shots until four! If you’re trying to get hyped for the evens later in the night, that’s what you’ll need. There will also be tables from coffee roasters and brewers from Carrborro, Raleigh, and Athens, GA as well as a keynote speaker and a live broadcast from KNC! Come stop by! We’ll be jittery.

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Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: No Age

After seeing No Age last September at The Pinhook, it was a no-brainer to add them to my list of artists to see at this Phuzz Phest. Seeing them with Spider Bags that night was an awesome experience and I’m really looking forward to the chance to see them again. It was, by far, one of the loudest shows I’ve ever been to, and I’m by no means offering that up as a complaint. The two-piece experimental punk group out of Los Angeles and signed to Sub Pop Records is known for their impressive gritty live performances. With An Object, their fourth full-length album exhibits a clear ability to improve and they have received rave reviews for the raw force behind it.  To experience their incredible live show, be sure to check them out on Saturday night, April 5 at 11 PM at Krankie’s.