South African rave rap group Die Antwoord catapulted to overnight success when their edgy music video for 2010 single “Enter The Ninja” went viral. The video was perfect for viral success, looking like an punk art project, but it also had high-quality production, deft rapping and a highly danceable backing track. It's a mix that earned the band a growing cult following and propelled it to a pair of internationally acclaimed albums and concerts with sold out tickets around the world. On the 2013 European tour, the scene was somewhere between a hip-hop show, a rave and a gonzo comedy routine full of frenetic energy, intense dance music and lots of thrusting. On stage, Die Antwoord blasted through an hour and a half of music, including its latest, “Cookie Thumper!” The shows are a visual treat too, with the tattooed co-lead singer Ninja half-naked and wearing a mask fit for a horror movie villain and the other lead Yo-landi Vi$$er sporting bright pink hot pants and pitch-black contact lenses.
High-octane rock outfit the Gas Light Anthem have led a steady storm up the charts since releasing their debut album Sink or Swim in 2007. The hard-charging foursome are known for their energetic live shows, where frontman Brian Fallon lends his formidable pipes to anthems like "45" and "American Slang" while the band keeps pace with an impressive onslaught of driving guitar and pounding drums. With their fifth album Get Hurt hitting shelves in 2014, the band has fans eagerly awaiting their next live shows.