Exclusive: Winston-Salem’s Phuzz Phest unveils 2013 line-up


In its first two years, Winston-Salem’s Phuzz Phest set itself apart as one of the Carolinas’ more intriguing festivals, a showcase for one of the region’s most under-appreciated scenes and a celebration of rock and pop that’s willing to get weird. Phuzz returns this spring with a line-up that should increase its profile considerably. Hitting downtown Winston April 4, 5 and 6, the event will feature more than 30 bands, including premiere regional talents and buzz-worthy national inclusions. Baltimore’s Lower Dens headline with lush psych-pop that pairs enthralling guitar gauze with rhythms that ensnare listeners without overpowering them. Other noteworthy national acts include the endlessly propulsive Invisible Hand and the effervescent Eternal Summers, both from Virginia, as well as IYEZ, an exuberant psych-punk group from Brooklyn, and William Tyler, a brilliant and ambitious guitar player from Nashville.

This year’s Phest also includes a host of Carolina bands that are beginning to get national attention. Durham’s Mount Moriah, who releases a second slab of smoldering folk-rock on Merge Records in February, will play alongside the NPR-approved orchestral folk of Lost in the Trees and Hiss Golden Messenger, who combines the poetic musings of singer M.C. Taylor with a hypnotic distillation of various roots rock strains, often with the help of William Tyler. Also on the menu are the explosive emotionalism of The Love Language and the masterfully controlled garage chaos of Spider Bags. In addition, the festival includes one band from the Palmetto State, Charleston’s Elim Bolt, who dirties up dreamy ’50s pop with indie rock fuzz. The full line-up, listed below, is filled out with a host of other exciting out-of-towners and a slate of local bands that will surely change the minds of anyone who doubts the relevance of the Triad music scene. Tickets are available now. —Jordan Lawrence

Phuzz Phest 2013
April 4-6 @ Various Venues, Winston-Salem

Airstrip (Carrboro)
Alligator Indian (Asheville)
Blood Waves (Winston-Salem)
Bolmongani (Winston-Salem)
Burglar Fucker (Winston-Salem)
Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem)
Drag Sounds (Greensboro)
Elim Bolt (Charleston)
Estrangers (Winston-Salem)
Eternal Summers (Roanoke, Va.)
Hiss Golden Messenger (Durham)
Invisible Hand (Charlottesville, Va.)
IYEZ (Brooklyn)
Joint D≠ (Charlotte)
Kill Devil Hills (Brooklyn)
Late Bloomer (Charlotte)
Lilac Shadows (Carrboro)
The Lollipops (Raleigh)
Lost In The Trees (Chapel Hill)
The Love Language (Raleigh)
Lower Dens (Baltimore)
Motorist (Winston-Salem)
Mount Moriah (Durham)
Nightdogs (Brooklyn)
Robes (Carrboro)
Some Army (Carrboro)
Spider Bags (Chapel Hill)
Toddlers (Carrboro)
Torch Runner (Greensboro)
White Laces (Richmond, Va.)
Wilde Blood (Winston-Salem)
William Tyler (Nashville)

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