The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

Page 2 of 2

Craig Hlavaty
Skrillex - The Main Of course the first thing I would have to immediately walk to after a stellar and draining Bruce Springsteen show would be the current King Of Dubstep and the Bizarro World Cobain that is Skrillex. I was in the badge line thirty seconds until a greasy haired dub moppet begged me to get her into the show, thinking I had an extra badge somehow. Inside the crowd was bathing in their own juices as Skrillex held court onstage with a good two dozen friends surrounding him. The audience was screaming for the drop like it was lifeblood, as I sat in the corner taking it all in. There was no moving, only slow sweating and tip-toeing around girls in sports bras and shirtless men writing on top of each other. You know, the usual. A lot of my peers in this business laugh Skrillex off as a dance fad king but there is something interesting going on that classical rock writing can't put a word to. For now, let's just wait....for....the.....DROP, and enjoy the ride. -- Craig Hlavaty

The Naked Cowboy Talks Politics Earlier in the week we looked down from the balcony of a Sixth Street bar, only to see someone dressed like the Naked Cowboy! Now, we'd seen a lot of folks working for tips looking hot and ridiculous, but this was extra special. "Great SXSW first night!" we tweeted. "Saw a naked cowboy impersonator." Low and behold, we quickly received a reply.

NakedCowboy screencap.jpg
Tomorrow? We did him once better and commenced the interview right then, over Twitter. Of course, we only had one question: "Who are you voting for?" His answer finally arrived two days later. We read it with great anticipation, but sadly it said exactly what we'd expected: "Anybody but Obama!" -- Ben Westhoff

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Phoenix New Times