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Die Antwoord Busts a Weird-Ass Groove in Fort Lauderdale on October 23

Die Antwoord

Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale

October 22, 2012

Better Than: 99.9% of live music events.

Ostensibly, Die Antwoord is weird. As far as you or I can tell -- with our normal (and/or normally-hip) lifestyles -- they are a pair of entertainers that are fucked up, strange and/or wholly personify "the Other." But on a layer one degree deeper -- a subtext that has as much to do with irony as it does LARPing --  the duo has simply mastered Branding in the 2012/hashtag sense of the term.

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And judging from their sold-out show at Culture Room last night, Die Antwoord's meme-ry is being heard loud and clear. Our spacephone told us it was Monday. But everyone in attendance existed outside of iCal as they became increasingly entranced by the fully exposed vulgar true power of the Internet, beamed directly into their consciousness a la Jim Carrey as the Riddler in Batman Forever.

There's nothing quite like catching a band at the peak of their initial Zeitgeist. In this crucially sweet zone of Killing It, audience and performer are almost always able to engage in the ultimate entertainer/entertainee platonic-love feedback loop. That raucous energy that produces the group experience of shoulder-to-shoulder twenty-somethings flailing wildly, shaking their heads back-and-forth into a blur, unfurled tongues reeking of well drinks dangling like tentacles outside of their mouths.

Which is how most of the crowd danced, at a frenetic pace, for the entirety of the set.

Anyone who wasn't busting a weird-ass groove was staring slackjawed at the spectacle onstage. MCs Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er may have very well exhibited the best presence we've seen in 2012. While the live show utilized a tasteful application of gimmickry -- projections reinforcing the group's iconography, a masked DJ, wardrobe changes, and a giant inflatable ghost with an erection -- the centerpiece was the two humanoids putting the physicality of military basic training into their vocal delivery and nonstop full throttle dancing, gyrating, swagging, and all-around knock-the-wind-out-of-you freaking the fuck out.

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Matt Preira

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