Chicago Summer + Ninjas

After constantly regretting missing numerous Lolla performers in the past (i.e. the Strokes, Kings of Leon, and the Cribs (who came to Chicago a couple of days ago and I completely missed them yet again *slaps forehead*), I feel like I seriously need to get my act together and go this summer.

Now, you may (or may not) be wondering “who does she want to see this year??” and here’s what I have to say to that:

Red Hot Chili Peppers? Yes. Black Keys? Yesss. Die Antwoord? Hell yes. Okay, I understand if you might not have heard of the last group- I wouldn’t know who they are either had I not watched the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show on youtube. I was actually way more intrigued by the music playing than the clothes themselves. A link to the fashion show:

And here’s a link to the original song playing in the background, which is actually overflowing with obscenities. Also, I can barely make sense of what they’re saying most of the time, but the beat is rather catchy:

After a minute and a half of watching the show, I closed the tab and searched for the artist that was singing and discovered it was Die Antwoord, a bizarre rap/hip-hop group from South Africa that has a slight obsession with ninjas. If you want to watch a really weird video, click on the link below; head’s up- there is an unnecessary close up on a pair Pink Floyd boxers. You’ve been warned:

As over-the-top and crazy this group appears to be, I can only imagine what kind of performance they would put on. I never thought they’d blow up and end up on the Lolla lineup, so that’s pretty cool. Maybe this underdog story inspires me to finally go this year (not to mention Ozzy Osbourne’s going to be there too and he’s like 60, so it’s not like he has a bunch of concerts left in him).

Anyways, hopefully someone else finds this group entertaining or amusing at the least, and if you’re for sure going to Lolla this summer, you might even want to check out Die Antwoord’s performance 🙂


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. exhaustedwriter
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 15:34:20

    I don’t get the whole zef life movement even slightly, but Die Antwoord Is really great. That video is probably their tamest. Take a look the “Evil Boy” video.


  2. bethanyshort
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 20:14:40

    I swear I miss all the good concerts, especially the festivals. I did catch Radiohead at Lolla in 2008, so that was pretty sweet. Like you, I plan to change that this summer.

    I didn’t realize I had heard of Die Antwoord until I followed your links, which I followed to more links. I realized I had seen the “Evil Boy” music video (how could one forget something like that?)

    They’re nuts.


  3. velvedi
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 23:43:31

    I’m slightly disappointed by the lineup this year, but I’d love to see RHCP, Florence, and M83. This is the first time I’ve ever listened to Die Antwoord.. they’re pretty sweet!


  4. smallpie
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 03:30:18

    I love The Cribs! I saw them when they opened for Death Cab For Cutie and Franz Ferdinand a few years ago. They’re amazing!


  5. Alex
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 16:28:34

    Never been to a concert let alone a music festival but I’d totally go to see those groups. Thanks a lot for getting me hooked up on a new kind of music to lead me into another couple of days of procrastinating so I can listen to them. Thank you. =P


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