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inspired by gigs he played last year at Small's in Hamtramck. Those shows packed numerous bands into a single night by alternating between two stages in the same venue, a technique Taylor will also employ at Woodruff's to feature eleven bands on each of Fuzz Fest's three nights. Although Taylor is focusing the lineup on rock music, particularly of the "heavy" variety, he says he's learned a lesson from the Psych-Out Fest he organized at the Blind Pig in 2010. That event was limited to the rather specific genre of stoner rock. Taylor says Fuzz Fest will be "rock-centric, but with variety in the rock genre."

While headliners the Ruiners and Beast In the Field will close out Fuzz Fest on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, the most noteworthy headliner is Friday's show-closer: the Muggs. The bluesy Detroit rock group is a long-lived fixture on the Detroit scene and a staple at annual festivals like the Metro Times Blowout and Arts Beats & Eats. However, the Muggs don't often venture to Ann Arbor--which is a shame, because their boisterous, electric rock is a real treat. Guitarist Danny Methric and bassist Tony DeNardo, better known as Danny Muggs and Tony Muggs, make up the band along with drummer Todd Glass. A true modern power trio, the group recalls the original hard rock of Cream and Led Zeppelin. Methric's guitar is consistently front and center, delivering assertive power-chord riffs, fiery solos, and bluesy slide workouts with equal aplomb. DeNardo and Glass make a powerful rhythm section, with Glass's high-speed, high-precision drum fills a particular standout. Fittingly, the band has opened for acts including Robin Trower and Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes. But unlike the Muggs' classic rock forebears, there's not a lot of showmanship to their performances; all the energy onstage is channeled into driving, majestic, hip-swinging rock.

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