You know Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—don’t pretend you don’t, you’re not that cool. You know Tyler, The Creator’s adolescent half-evil-half-confessional rapping, you know the saga of Earl Sweatshirt, you know Frank Ocean, you know Mellowhype. You know this. And if you don’t…no, you know this. But what you might not know is that Odd Future is touring North America again.
Tyler, The Creator has had probably the best year ever—he was just on a track with his idol Pusha T, and “Yonkers,” his first single from May’s confession-rap smash-terpiece Goblin, was just nominated for a VMA. This is exciting because it’s a VMA nom from someone entirely outside the major label system, and we love our indies here. Frank Ocean and Mellowhype are also on the rise, with Ocean heavily featuring on the maybe-awesome-maybe-awful-definitely-ridiculous Watch The Throne and Mellowhype reissuing BlackenedWhite. So yep, Golf Wang is the place to be this year. This is why OF is back on tour, playing its largest North American tour ever. It’s even called the “Golf Wang” tour, which you understand but your parents and investment banker brother will be confused by. The hype has been probably unprecedented, but certainly exceptional. Odd Future’s rise has been faster than the Space Shuttle’s escape velocity (just kidding, there is no Space Shuttle anymore). So the only place the crew go is up—if it can get there.
Take the New York date, for instance. Last November, Odd Future sold out The Studio at Webster Hall, which has a capacity of 300 (just take in that fact for one second). Then in February, the crew sold out Andrew WK’s Santos Party House, capacity of 570. Last May, there was a show at the Highline Ballroom, capacity of 700. That show sold out in something like five minutes, which is why on October 19, Odd Future is playing the massive Terminal 5, which has a capacity of 3000. This is a venue for bands like Paramore, Iron And Wine and Two Door Cinema Club, and it will be interesting to see if Odd Future can continue its sold-out-in-New-York streak, especially by the time the hype has admittedly died down. Plus, the Wolf Gang still hasn’t figured out how to deal with the downtime onstage, or put on an organized show. It remains to see if “We just try to have as much fun as possible onstage” can fill such a huge venue, especially at $28 a ticket.
Odd Future might have reached its critical apex—really, every music critic is sick and tired of writing about how Tyler is offensive(and grizzly bears loudly defecate in the woods)—but the real-people fans might grow from here. Tyler’s only 20, and it’s impossible to say whether people will even care about him when he’s 22, but it’s always fun to think about if he could keep doing this when he’s like 45. ‘Til then, Free Earl and stuff.
Tour Dates For Odd Future:
09/28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
09/30 – Warfield Theater – San Francisco, CA
10/02 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/03 – Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/04 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
10/07 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
10/08 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
10/09 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
10/11 – The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
10/12 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/14 – Metro – Chicago, IL
10/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
10/16 – Royal Oak Music Hall – Royal Oak, MI
10/18 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ONT
10/19 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/21 – Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA
10/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/23 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
10/24 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD
10/27 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/28 – Centerstage – Atlanta, GA
10/30 – Voodoo Experience Music Festival – New Orleans, LA
10/31 – The Fillmore – Miami, FL
11/02 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
11/03 – The Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
11/06 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/08 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ