Saturday, October 30, 2010

Woord Up

Posted By on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Die Antwoord more than delivered on anticipation at its packed Le Plur show early Saturday evening. This video (which is kind of safe for work) shows how the band could be mistaken for a performance art project or joke, an issue addressed by Alex Woodward in his Gambit preview of the band's Vooodoo appearance. But live, the band is pretty good, and far more aggressive and dirty mouthed than one might expect. Some songs are just filthy throwdowns, and Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er also did "In Four Face," "Rich Bitch" and "Fish Paste," which actually came with some lessons in South African slang about your mother's body. But Ninja isn't easy on anyone and he spent time before the set giving the sound board operator a hard time, and later he got on the lighting board as well.

On the local front, Rebirth Brass Band started its set off with the theme from Ghostbusters and rolled with it. Buckwheat Zydeco turned in a surprisingly energetic set, and Supagroup sexed up some meathead rock. Audiences on the mainstages got decent rap rock from Street Sweeper Social Club, featuring Tom Morello on guitar. Drake continually addressed just the women at the fest, but should have skipped lifeless tunes like "Fancy." And Ozzy Osbourne is the nicest old man in rock. He started his set a few minutes early and did some songs off his new album, but he's probably not the scariest thing you'll see this Halloween weekend.

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