The Pharcyde

Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto ON June 19

BY Stephen CarlickPublished Jun 20, 2011

"Y'all ready to go to the Pharcyde?" queried Imani of the crowd amassed at a packed Yonge-Dundas Square. They were, for the most part. The initial part of the set was enthralling, as the outfit ran through crowd favourites such as "Ya Mama," "Drop," "Bullshit" and "Hey You," all with gusto and palpable enthusiasm. But the set lost momentum when the group veered away from the best part of their catalogue -- 1992's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and 1995's Labcabincalifornia -- and into a chain of covers and songs on which individual members have recently been featured on. The one-offs lost most of the crowd, and visibly put the band off, but the group maintained enough energy to carry off the set highlights "Runnin'" and "Soul Flower" with the same success as earlier tracks. Relevance is a bitch, but when they're on, the Pharcyde still got it.

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