BEST WAY TO LOSE WHAT’S LEFT OF YOUR HEARING: Skrillex/OWSLA Showcase
Opener Kill the Noise may have been more punishing, pushing through a set of heavy dubstep and trap that gestured toward camp ("Who Let the Dogs Out?") and club (KW Griff’s recently re-released "Bring in the Katz") without ever slowing down. But the crowd at Saturday night's OWSLA label showcase had come for Skrillex, and Skrillex, as usual, didn’t disappoint. Mostly playing his own tracks, the DJ found his lane and stayed in it, concluding the festival with a set that was less about pushing his fans in a new direction than rewarding them for making it through the week. After an hour and ten minutes of ear-damaging bass, the final reward turned out to be, oddly, Toto’s "Africa," an un-remixed sing-along before the bar closed and the crowd went home.