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Concert Review: Watsky, Dumbfoundead @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

By: Lauren Garbutt –

Watsky in Toronto. (Photo: Lauren Garbutt/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Watsky in Toronto. (Photo: Lauren Garbutt/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

If there’s one thing you can immediately tell from a Watsky show, it’s that Watsky fans REALLY love Watsky and Watsky really loves them.

Last night was Watsky’s second-ever performance in Toronto; the first being his show at the MOD Club less than a year ago. The support for his new record Cardboard Castles was staggering at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, which was no small feat for an unsigned artist with no radio play.

Dumbfoundead was the opening act and put on an entertaining and engaging performance. With just himself and DJ Dstrukt on stage, the pair got the audience hyped up and he instantly enticed the audience to rap along with him. Dumbfoundead performed a mix of songs from his earlier releases as well as a couple from his new album Old Boy Jon. His closing song “Ganghis Khan” brought members from Watsky’s crew onto the stage to dance and sing the chorus. Those in attendance who weren’t familiar with Dumbfoundead were provided with an effective introduction to this rising rapper.

When Watsky took the stage, the roar from the sold out crowd was deafening. He opened the set with “Moral of the Story,” the second single from Cardboard Castles, followed by “Energy” and “Rich Girl.” The latter half of the show consisted of a compilation of tracks from Cardboard Castles and his past recordings. Whatever lyrics Watsky spit, his fans rapped along with him.

The California native, who continues to cultivate his poetic routes,  knows how to work a crowd. From suddenly appearing on the balcony during “Mrs. Robinson,” to mounting the venue’s iconic lion statue, Watsky ignited a lyrical firestorm..

Watsky’s set, however, failed to materialized any collaborative performance from both Watsky and Dumbfoundead, specifically their track, “A New Kind of Sexy.”

Overall the show was very energetic, positive and exceptionally fun.  Watsky finished the show with “4AM”and soon burst into an encore with tracks like, “Fuck an Emcee Name” and “Oh, hai” in which the crowd went absolutely crazy. Is it too early to call Watsky a “phenom?”



About Lauren Garbutt

Lauren Garbutt is a photographer based out of St.Catharines, Ontario with a passion for travel and music. Her main subjects are weddings, nature and music photography (both live and promotional). She has worked for numerous online music magazines and has had work published in printed publications such as Pulse Magazine and The View. E-mail: lauren.garbutt@hotmail.com


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