Hoodie Allen returns to Philly for emotional Electric Factory show

Concert Review, Hip-Hop/Rap

There was no shortage of happy campers this weekend when Hoodie Allen returned to the Electric Factory with the Super Duper Crew in the third-to-last stop on his tour.

Fans filled the Electric Factory hours in advance, with a nearly packed house enjoying opening sets from Bryce Vine and Gnash. Afterwards, the tour crew began bringing out props and setting up a Super Mario Bros. themed stage. Super Duper Crew was definitely playing games with their production (all pun intended).

DSC_1629The lights dimmed, and two lightsabers emerged from backstage. After a brief clash, KYLE fans were ready for the appropriately-themed opening song – “The Force,” from his most recent album SMYLE. The lights revealed lead Super Duper Kyle and DJ Super Duper Brick, and the duo’s energetic dancing immediately prepared the crowd for the energy of the rest of their set. KYLE continued with “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” and “All Alright,” then stepped off the stage for a few minutes to talk to his mom about the show.

Drummer Super Duper Cudi (Chukwudi Hodge) filled the gap with an amazing, high-energy drum solo. Then, KYLE returned with none other than “his boy” Pikachu, and got the crowd singing along to his hit “Really? Yeah!” as well as a cover of KiD CuDi’s “Up Up and Away.” He ended his performance by crowdsurfing…on an actual surfboard.

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Hoodie’s crew came out to begin setting up for his set, and when “Gas Pedal” came on during the gap, one of the techs couldn’t help but put on a show for the crowd.

Then, at 10:15, the bass started thumping and transitioned into “Intro to Anxiety.” Hoodie fans cheered as he entered the stage and jumped right in to the song. The crowd started singing to the soon-to-be summer anthem “Remind Me Of” and then “No Faith in Brooklyn,” which Hoodie dedicated to Philadelphia where he went to college. He mixed in throwbacks including “Movie” from his previous album People Keep Talking and Eighteen Cool, even going as far as “You Are Not A Robot,” which he wrote in his dorm room at UPenn back in 2010.

Some fans brought signs with them, but one in particular brought a James Franco Big Head, which prompted Hoodie to perform his eponymous song, Big Head in hand. Soon enough, the bras started flying. Hoodie’s set also included a short cover of “Stressed Out;” then, he slipped away from the stage and reappeared in front of the sound booth for “Cake Boy.” He caked the crowd Steve Aoki-style, and his drummer treated the crowd to another solo including samples from “Left Hand Free” and “Roses” as Hoodie made his way back to the stage.

He also recognized another fan for bringing a sign asking him to formal; he responded with “I could be your dad…not your daddy, but like your dad. So basically what time do you want me to pick you up?”

He continued through songs from “Happy Camper” and brought back KYLE for “Champagne and Pools.” Then, Hoodie announced he would be creating a new album after the tour was over, and would be returning to Philadelphia for his next tour. He left the stage, but came back asking the audience if they wanted two more songs. His crew had enough bras thrown on the stage to make a jump rope, and Hoodie closed out the Electric Factory with “King to Me” and “No Interruption.”

Hoodie Allen will be finishing his tour tomorrow, March 22, in New York City.

Photos & words by Paolo Tiamson (@paolo_tiamson)

 

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