Tyler, the Creator

Opera House, Toronto, ON, March 22

> > Mar 23 2013

Tyler, the Creator - Opera House, Toronto, ON, March 22
By Stephen CarlickOutside the Opera House, discarded blankets and keychain flasks littered the ground. Tyler, the Creator's tour bus was covered in dust and the Twitter handles of hundreds of hopeful fans. A girl was denied entry because, in desperation, she'd bought a scalped ticket from someone who'd already been kicked out of the venue for being drunk, and thus, whose ticket had already been scanned.

Inside, a writhing, churning all-ages crowd was so infatuated with Tyler, the Creator and the rest of the Odd Future crew's music that they're pogoing and crowd-surfing to Taco Bennett's DJ set, which includes Drake, Schoolboy Q, Chief Keef, Waka Flocka Flame, and a smattering of OF tunes, before Tyler's even taken the stage.

When Tyler sprints out with OF compatriot Jasper for a wild rendition of "French!" the crowd erupts. "What's up motherfuckers?!" he asks, and is greeted by a thousand gleeful middle fingers.

The dynamic between him and his fans is a wonderfully complex one — he's calling them "assholes" one moment, and wearing a fan's glasses for a song and then returning them the next — but when he plays his songs, it's simple: he raps, they scream every single word along with him.

Tyler played songs from across his catalogue, including "Tron Cat," VCR," "Orange Juice," and his his verses from posse cut "Oldie," but it was "Yonkers," whose first four bars were all shouted by the crowd with no aid from Tyler, and new single "Domo23" that provided the highlights.

A handful of new tunes from his forthcoming third solo album Wolf mid-set pleased fans despite the OF frontman thinking it "awkward" that the crowd slowed down their moshing in order to actually hear the new songs. So it was that by the end of the set, despite Tyler's voice being almost gone and his having to take a hit from his asthma inhaler, he implored the audience to gather up all the energy they had left for his final song.

UPDATE: Tyler played "Sandwitches" last. Please see the comments.

And really, there's no more appropriate ending than "Radicals," OF's complex manifesto tune that, in the chorus, screams "Kill People, Burn Shit, Fuck School!" while in the verses, reminds you that it's all a bit of fun, and that now and then, everybody needs a release.
GET IT!
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
you literally made up the last part of your review. Radicals was not played last night. the phrase "Kill People, Burn Shit, Fuck School!" was never screamed. Sandwiches was the final track of the night.
Start Conversation
Hi Connor,

You're literally right. The songs are similar, so I accidentally wrote "Radicals" in my notes, but he did in fact play "Sandwitches." I still think my analysis of that song holds up in terms of what it says about understanding Tyler's appeal, though. :)
1 Reply
View Conversation
Critic spends more time talking about the crowd than the music. #fail
Start Conversation
Any OF show is more about the crowd than the music. #getalife
Start Conversation
If any OF show is more about the crowd than the music, why is it being covered by a music magazine? It be in People.
Start Conversation
this guy's like andrew dice clay with a skateboard.... fucking hack.
Start Conversation
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Concert Highlights

This Week's Concert

Recent Concert

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Petition Launched in Support of Jian Ghomeshi's Alleged Victims with the Help of Fucked Up, Katie Stelmanis, ConstantinesNEWS: Petition Launched in Support of Jian Ghomeshi's Alleged Victims with the Help of Fucked Up, Katie Stelmanis, Constantines
  2. Owen Pallett States NEWS: Owen Pallett States "Jian Ghomeshi Beats Women" in Open Letter
  3. More Details Surface on Jian Ghomeshi's CBC Departure as Three Women Come Forward with Claims of Sexual AbuseNEWS: More Details Surface on Jian Ghomeshi's CBC Departure as Three Women Come Forward with Claims of Sexual Abuse

Latest Issue: Nov 14 Issue