Band/Artist Profile

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. 

Music News and Interviews

Phuzz Phest Announces 2014 Lineup

WKNC is delighted to be the primary media sponsor for this year’s Phuzz Phest- Winston-Salem’s premiere annual music festival.  This fourth annual event returns to the City of the Arts & Innovation’s burgeoning downtown area to thousands of music fans across the southeast. This year the festival will span three days from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, featuring their most potent and genre-spanning lineup yet with more than 50 musical acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Detroit.

Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keenly curating the region’s best acts for a truly special weekend of music, offering attendees a rare opportunity to see critically-acclaimed artists alongside under-praised locals in settings more intimate than would otherwise be possible.


The 2014 lineup features headliners like L.A.’s pioneering noise-punk duo No Age, visionary rap legend Kool Keith, hypnotic alt-country songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, and San Francisco psych-rock stalwarts White Fence. Festival alumni and Merge Records acts Mount Moriah & The Love Language make return appearances alongside Ex Hex, the new project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Autoclave, Helium) whose debut record is due in March via Merge Records. View the full lineup below, bold indicates headliners.

All Them Witches (Nashville, TN)

ASG (Wilmington, NC)

Bocanegra (Lima, Peru)

Body Games (Carrboro, NC)

Brain F/ (Charlotte, NC)

Caleb Caudle (New Orleans, LA)

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem, NC)

Diarrhea Planet (Nashville, TN)

Drag Sounds (Greensboro, NC)

Eston & The Outs (Raleigh, NC)

Estrangers (Winston-Salem, NC)

Ex Hex (Washington, D.C.)

Ex-Cult (Nashville, TN)

Flagship (Charlotte, NC)

Human Pippi (Charlotte, NC)

I, Anomaly (Winston-Salem, NC)

IYEZ (Brooklyn, NY)

Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, OH)

Jews & Catholics (Winston-Salem, NC)

Josh Moore (Carrboro, NC)

Judy Barnes (Winston-Salem, NC)

Kool Keith (The Bronx, NY)

Libraries (Wilmington, NC)

Loamlands (Durham, NC)

Miss Eaves (Brooklyn, NC)

Mount Moriah (Durham, NC)

Must Be The Holy Ghost (Winston-Salem, NC)

No Age (Los Angeles, CA)

Primovanhalen (Winston-Salem, NC)

Spirit System (Winston-Salem, NC)

T0W3RS (Carrboro, NC)

The Bo-Stevens (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Genuine (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Love Language (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)

The Sweets (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Tills (Asheville, NC)

Toon & The Real Laww (Durham, NC)

Trioscapes (Greensboro, NC)

Twelve Thousand Armies (Drughorse, NC)

Uzzard (Winston-Salem, NC)

Whatever Brains (Raleigh, NC)

White Fence (San Francisco, NC)

Wilde Blood (Winston-Salem, NC)

Woodsman (Brooklyn, NY)

Yip Deceiver (Athens, GA)

Festival Coverage

Get Forked

Just John and I had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on the weekend of July 14-16. It was hot. Really hot. The crowds came, though, and were treated to great performance after great performance. Every show I saw over the weekend was top-notch. The festival’s treatment of its fans was also top-notch. Thousands of bottles of water were passed out to the crowds to keep them hydrated (no thanks to the goons who just threw water everywhere instead of drinking it). Security were friendly throughout the entire weekend. Two air-conditioned city buses were brought in to help cool down festival-goers. What follows is a list of superlatives of some of the best, worst, and weirdest moments of the festival. Enjoy.

Best light show: The giant glowing crystals at Animal Collective

Biggest asshole: Ariel Pink, throwing another temper-tantrum and walking off stage halfway through his set

Most “f**k"s per minute: Odd Future

Highest number of gray-hairs in the crowd: Guided By Voices

Coolest stage wear: Nika Danilova of Zola Jesus’ very modern dress

Best mosh pit: No Age (which I stayed in for about five minutes too long, causing a short bout of heat sickness)

Best dance moves: Cold Cave’s Dominick Fernow, whose stomp-n-spin move was endlessly entertaining

Biggest dance party: Cut Copy, who got an entire field of thousands of people to dance

Most frequent weed clouds: Curren$y, unsurprisingly

Worst scheduling decision: Two-way tie between scheduling Odd Future and Shabazz Palaces, two of the festival’s five hip-hop acts, on at the same time and putting DJ Shadow on when the sun was still out, making his projector-using ”Shadowsphere“ completely useless (though, to the festival’s credit, they really couldn’t have put him anywhere else)

Best facial hair: Ian Williams of Battles, whose handlebar-stache perfectly matched his swanky get-up

People who should have passed out from heat stroke but, miraculously, didn’t: Yuck’s Daniel Blumberg, who wore jeans and a long-sleeve, denim button-down and Cold Cave’s Wesley Eisold and Dominick Fernow, both in black jeans, black shirts, and black leather jackets.