Don’t Miss Odd Future Tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom

March 20th, 2012

Odd Future—the short form of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—is a hip-hop collective, although that doesn’t properly explain the group’s appeal. More than a year ago, they emerged from Internet stardom and began performing their playful creations to small crowds. But with a combination of crude lyrics paired with sinister beats and ecstatic live shows, their profile rapidly rose. The tipping point came last February when two of the group’s members—de facto leader Tyler the Creator and supercharged menace Hodgy Beats—performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And now at the height of their popularity (some of it sparked by Frank Ocean beefing with Don Henley), Odd Future play Hammerstein Ballroom tonight. —Jared Levy