The Weeknd at House of Blues

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has been mysteriously brewing since he started recording and uploading songs to YouTube in 2010. Drake gets a lot of credit as the tipping point for his popularity, but I'd argue The Weeknd's trilogy of free releases — House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence — speaks for itself. It's sex, drugs and R&B, and I could go on and on about the production value, but the best description I have heard is this: "The Weeknd is music to have sex to ... with someone you shouldn't be having sex with."

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