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Lady Gaga lampooned in Die Antwoord video, retaliates by starting Twitter feud

Lady Gaga and South African crime-stoppers Die Antwoord have started feuding back and forth on Twitter, leading to some of the strangest insults we’ve seen this side of “fairground stripper.” It all started when Gaga asked Die Antwoord to open for her on her tour, an offer they declined. Then, the South African group premiered their wild “Fatty Boom Boom” video last Tuesday. The clip, like most of the group’s work, is outré (at least for American sensibilities), featuring colorful crotch-grabbing, naughty hyenas, prawn-birthing, and some demented LaChappellian krumpiness.

All that’s classic Die Antwoord, but what really got Gaga’s goat was seeing an impersonator aping Mother Monster herself. The actor, easily identifiable as a Lady Gaga stand-in, is featured acting afool in a number of unflattering scenes, including one in which she gives birth to a prawn. Because, you know, she’s a “prawn star.”

So, Gaga fought back the way she knows best: Twitter. “i fink u freaky but you don’t have a hit. hundred thousand tIckets sold in SA. #thatmyshit,” she tweeted.

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Lollapalooza interview: South Africa's Die Antwoord talk about breaking up street fights, the art of video-making and more

It took more than 19 hours for Die Antwoord, South Africa’s bonkers electro-rap collective, to travel from their homeland to Lollapalooza, but not even jetlag was going to stop emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er from fighting crime — or doling out alternate South African history lessons.

We caught up with the “I Fink U Freeky” duo before their afternoon set Friday to hear about the robbery they stopped moments before arriving at the festival, their plans for an upcoming TV series, and why they’re done with making albums.

EW: At a festival, sometimes you get people checking you out for the first time. Does the audience feel different at all?

Ninja: In the club, everyone’s come to watch you. At a festival, it’s like a club in the front, and the big crowd behind them are other people seeing it for the first time.

Yo-Landi: There’s a spider on your shirt.

Ninja: It’s a small little thing. [Flicking it off] We just stopped a crime.

Yo-Landi: It’s like a black widow.

Ninja: We were driving down the street, and then this guy was running fast. He was crossing the road from the one side, right here, just before we got here. He was running, and as we were getting into the car, he didn’t slow down. He just ran right in front of the car. I noticed that the dude was running too fast. I think he did something weird. It happens a lot in Africa. You see guys running too fast, like there’s no reason to be running that fast. This chick was running after him, and we asked her what happened. She said, ‘He took my money,’ and then we chased him. We stopped the van and took him hard to get the money back.

Where does stopping a crime fall on your wildest tour stories?

Ninja: Pretty high up. It was weird. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Friday: The Black Keys and Black Sabbath deal in different kinds of darkness

By Kyle Anderson & Nolan Feeney

On the opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, people could only talk about two things: The oppressive heat (which isn’t really news for anyone who has ever spent three days repeatedly crossing Grant Park in August), and whether or not Black Sabbath was going to make everybody sad.

Obviously, the idea of the legendary metal band playing a nearly two-hour set of heavy classics was titillating, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne remains one of the most unpredictable characters in rock. But health problems for both Osbourne and Tony Iommi have called into question whether or not this particular Sabbath reunion was a good idea, and suggested that the band might be better served staying at home (which is exactly what drummer Bill Ward ended up doing anyway).

By the time they left the stage on Friday night, they delivered no definitive answers. The set list was unimpeachable —  hitting on everything you could possibly want to hear from them, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf,” “N.I.B.,” and “Paranoid” (which they wisely saved for the encore). Ozzy still has the will of a manic frontman, but neither his body nor his voice seem to be able to match his intent, and he seemed vaguely off for the better part of the evening.

Iommi’s steady riffing carried the night, though the set ground to an unfortunate halt during an overlong drum solo (though honestly, there’s no such thing as an “appropriate length drum solo”) that saw a lot of people trying to beat the traffic home.

Still, for those who stuck around, the rest provided by the rhythmic interlude might have been just what the other members of the band needed, as the band’s finishing run (which included the awesome and deeply underrated Technical Ecstasy gem “Dirty Women”) was as strong as any modern metal act. Were they good? Sure. Should they keep going? The jury is still out.

On the other end of the park, the Black Keys were offering up no such existential quandaries. READ FULL STORY

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