Review: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All at the Ogden Theatre, 10/9/11

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Eric Gruneisen
Tyler, the Creator of Odd Future last night at the Ogden
ODD FUTURE at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/9/11
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All does not give a fuck. Clearly. These cats are out to pillage, plunder and wreak mass hysteria and mayhem. Judging from the crowd's frenzied reaction at the Ogden last night, which included some kids flinging themselves from the balcony above to the pit below, OFWGKTA incited the masses with vigor and aplomb.

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Eric Gruneisen
Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre last night.

Syd the Kid, the crew's lady DJ, eased out onto the stage resembling an older and much more swagged-out Willow Smith and immediately went into a bass- banging Waka Flocka track that immediately got hands up and bodies flailing. She prepared the pit for the evening's craziness by passing out water and hyping the audience with ease. The dubstep-leaning set turned the Ogden into one thumping, pounding heartbeat, and then the lights went down.

Domo Genesis emerged first, followed by Jasper, Mike G, Hodgy Beats and, finally, Tyler, the Creator. The audience went so damn crazy, it seemed to take the performers by surprise, with Tyler exclaiming, "This place is much bigger than I thought it would be!" The easiest way to describe what happened next is to imagine what would happen if you sprayed Mace on a rottweiler: As the OF gang went into "Swag Me Out," the crowd chanted "Wolf Gang!" along with the lyrics to the track with the ferocity of rabid dogs. That's when the first fans started launching themselves from the balcony, and Hodgy immediately went flying into the audience with the crowd surfing of a pro.

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Eric Gruneisen
Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre last night.

There was no rhyme or reason to the motley crew's set. Several times they huddled around the DJ booth for a last-minute decision on what song to play before queuing up cuts like "Orange Juice" (sans Earl, of course), "Sandwitches," "Bastard" and other tracks from Radical. At one point in the show, people began throwing random things onto the stage: T-shirts, hoodies, condoms, herb and student IDs. That last item prompted Tyler to encourage more IDs to float onto the stage. Before he got the words out of his mouth, the crew was attacked by a barrage of driver's licenses and various other forms of identification. One unlucky guy had his name and address called out with a nice threat of "Odd Future's gonna come to your house and fuck you up!" from Jasper.

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Eric Gruneisen
Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre last night.

Appropriate for the amount of ladies' undergarments tossed onto the stage, the portion of the show that was "for the bitches" began with blue lights and a sexy rendition of Mike G's "Everything That's Yours," a track rapped over Mos Def's "The Panties." A hilarious moment occurred when Jasper used a light saber to remove a red thong freshly thrown onto the monitors.

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Eric Gruneisen
Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre last night.

The energy in the room was palpable. For every enthusiastic leg-thrusting dance pumped out by Tyler and every scream of "Swag!" there were at least twenty people emulating the rappers' style and antics. Folks were all-around acting like maniacs, and OF loved it. The crazier it got, it seemed, the more hyped the outfit became. A female fan slid her phone onto the stage to Hodgy (who was under the weather and drinking what looked like hot tea), who then stomped on the device and poured his drink out on it, inciting screams of wonder from the lady fan and her girlfriends. Hodgy did what he could from a vocal perspective, with tracks from his collaboration as MellowHype, but honestly, he could have stood still with the microphone, and the crowd would have done the job for him.

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Eric Gruneisen
Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre last night,

"Turnt Down" turned the place upside down, and Hodgy almost got lost in the struggle for crowd-surfing domination, while Tyler completely smashed his performance of "Yonkers" under red lights and seated in a folding chair, before taking off his shirt and throwing himself around the stage as though possessed by a demon. The night ended with "Pigeons" and chants of "Kill people, burn shit, fuck school!" The band was incredibly reluctant to leave the stage and continued to yell and howl into the microphone well after the track was over. Reminiscent of Wu-Tang antics and with the following of Public Enemy, from the looks of this show at the Ogden, it appears as though rap's future will indeed be...Odd.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: I think Odd Future are rowdy, rambunctious hooligans...and I love everything about them.
Random Detail: Upon the crew proclaiming "I fucks with Denver," Left Brain donned a vintage Antonio McDyess jersey. In Boulder the night before, he wore an Avalanche jersey.
By the way: Tyler, the Creator's voice live is absolutely incredible. He roars and grunts and howls with perfect depth and pitch. A vocal collaboration with Yonnas Abraham of The Pirate Signal would be more than appropriate. Tyler seemed to have more fun spinning his Michael Jackson-style dance moves and writhing around the stage like Prince than actually rapping.



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Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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11 comments
TYLERTHECREATOR
TYLERTHECREATOR

SOMEONE ON THIS STUPID FUCKING WEBSITE TELL ME WHO THE "AFRO CHIN STRAPS" ARE! FUCKING KIDS TRYIN TO HIT TACO AND JASPER IN THE ALLEY OF THE FOX FUCK

mrdanielt123
mrdanielt123

This is a very poorly written article. First off, Domo wasn't the first one out. Mellowhype, consisting of Hodgy Beats and Left Brain were the first ones and did the opening song "64". Next, they didn't perform "Swag Me Out" the whole show. Hodgy didn't crowd surf at this show, Left Brain was the first one to jump in. They never performed "Bastard" either. I'm pretty sure Hodgy Beats didn't destroy anyones phone, oh and he was probably drinking some lean, not hot tea lol. Finally, the ended the show with "Radicals" not "Pigeons".

Bigfatsteve
Bigfatsteve

Does anyone know the full setlist from this show?

Guest Who
Guest Who

w/out Tyler they are not really cutting it 

Bigdaddykevin
Bigdaddykevin

Show was so fun.. Believe the hype... Golf Wang...

Dylan Herrera93
Dylan Herrera93

Hodgy most definitely did crowd surf at this show, I was up front and was one of the people who caught him.. and yeah, you're right about "Radicals."

Bigdaddykevin
Bigdaddykevin

Tyler was there.. The only 2 who weren't were Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt...

mrdanielt123
mrdanielt123

oh my bad, i don't recall him crowd surfing. 

Guest Who
Guest Who

im just saying in general. he is a nice guy for bringing his friends along on the ride.

everytime Hodgy Beats starts rapping I change the song

mrdanielt123
mrdanielt123

omg you're so funny. i hate odd future so much that i'm going to pay to go to their concert, take videos of them and put them on the internet! Then i'm going to read an article about the concert i went to and make sure they got their facts straight! that'll teach em.

Ec3king
Ec3king

Prolly shouldn't have said shit then Lol. Hater.

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