Last year, Toronto’s the Weeknd shook up r&b with a self-released mixtape trilogy (in order of both quality and chronology: House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence) that basked in their own brooding mysteriousness, focusing less on the party or after-party than the lonely 4:30 a.m. comedown. This year, he climbed the charts with his guest vocals on fellow Torontonian Drake’s “Crew Love” and brought his show on the road, playing three New York shows before those mixtapes get their proper release. The show should be a good time, but we can’t make any promises about what will go on later.

Thu., Oct. 25, 9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., 2012

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2012

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