Over the course of three brilliant free albums (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) released last year, singer Abel Tesfaye pushes the tropes of modern R&B off a cliff into an irresistible oblivion of recreational drugs and callous come-ons. Dark and alluring in ways that this style of music has been hurting for, the Weeknd's world of glass table girls and faded miasma slows tracks to a seductive pace that's both melodically and conceptually engaging. The buzz caught like wildfire, despite a low profile and a shroud of mystery (no one had even seen a picture of the singer or producers initially, and there remains but a handful of shows under their belt) that manages to make the music itself all the more creepy and sexy. The Weeknd's first international tour stops by First Avenue on Sunday for a glimpse into the seedy world as Tesfaye sees it. 18+ (Photo by Shubvirk at Wikipedia)
Sun., June 17, 8:30 p.m., 2012
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