Despite really only existing for the past four years, Skrillex is an institution. At the beginning of the 2010s, Skrillex pioneered that deep and sometimes-reviled-but-always-fun mainstream American dubstep sound that became ubiquitous immediately.
It all comes at you at once, and it is your responsibility to sort it out: Flinty, organic and chirpy sounds and textures, a fluid and sometimes abrasive staccato singing voice, face paint, bright and patterned clothing, stray strips of fabric, an avian tinge to absolutely everything.
OBN IIIs is a rock ’n’ roll band from Austin, fronted by (and named after) Orville Bateman Neeley III. This June, the group released Third Time to Harm, its third album in about as many years. It’s a brutal, rollicking piece of work, once again channeling an old-school rowdiness that is so damn hard to come by in rock music today.
Dope Body plays boiling hot noise with large chunks of rock songs and melody floating in it. Powerful, at first loud and abrasive, songs quickly simmer down to reveal substantial and satisfyingly memorable choruses and other “traditionally” pleasing elements.