by Ryan Snyder

Wednesday represents the last day to vote in YES! Weekly’s Best of the Triad poll, and one category that wasn’t given a nod in the music endorsement a few weeks back is Best DJ (Broadcast), and there’s no one more deserving than DJ Lil Vegas for his 10 p.m. Friday night hip-hop mixes on 90.1 WNAA. It’s two hours of straight fire. Tune in and swag out. An honorable mention in the Best Drummer category went to Jeremy Fountain, skin masher for (the now mobile) Pizza Jams unit, who bring improv anarchy to the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. At Ziggy’s, the chaos is more of the controlled nature by the good Reverend Horton Heat with support from the Tremors and the Malamondos.

Winston-Salem puts out a sizeable pulse on the indie-rock radar this weekend with the third, and largest, Phuzz Phest. It’s happening all across downtown and beyond starting on Thursday, and some of its best offerings can be found at SECCA, including Mount Moriah, currently the brightest jewel in Merge Records’ trove, at 8 p.m. Beeline to the Garage after to catch the transmigrated spirit of John Fahey in William Tyler. Not Phuzz-related, but the Old Time Preservation Society Jam at the Flatiron speaks for itself.

Phuzz Phest Day Two highlights can be found at Krankies with the very excellent Toddlers and Lost In the Trees. Deathgrind trio Columns offer a reprieve from the sweet stuff at Ziggy’s. Holy Ghost Tent Revival play one of their only local shows for a while with the Lumineer-ish Spring Standards at the Blind Tiger. The pairing of bands called On the Water and Falls at the Green Bean must be serendipity. At the Flatiron, Heralding spins minimalist shoegaze against Black Squares/White Islands throttling progressive.

On Saturday, the trio of David Sanchez, Nicholas Payton and Stefon Harris put up heavyweight Cubano post-bop at the High Point Theatre with support from Edward Simon. There’s a full day (and night) of Phuzz Phest. Cheers to those who make it to Burglar F*cker’s 1 a.m. set at Black Lodge. Eldorado Red whiffed on making XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class, but his verse on Zed Zilla’s “Comin Up” made a solid case. He’s at Ziggy’s, while Sir Plus has some bangers of his own at Visions. On Tuesday, Imperial Blend’s elementally-themed April residency at the Blind Tiger continues with their water set and help from Boone jam crew Nomadic.