Die Antwoord

Hipster Runoff once called Animal Collective "a band created for/by/on the Internet," but that distinction might be more appropriate for Die Antwoord. The South African hip-hop group emerged into the Internet's collective consciousness in early 2010 when its video for "Enter the Ninja" began to go viral. The clip introduced the world to Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek's "next-level beats," but, from Ninja's white-trash-Vanilla Ice aesthetic to Yo-Landi's pixie-like vocals, it all seemed like an elaborate joke. But it wasn't: The group went on to score a record deal, though its most recent album, Ten$ion, was self-released. It's this combination of cheekiness and ability (Ninja, the group's emcee, is a veteran in the South African hip-hop community) that makes Die Antwoord so interesting, and if Monday's show lives up to the viral videos that vaulted the group to success, it will be a spectacle worth getting up from your PC computer to check out. ANDREW GOSPE

Mon., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., 2012

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