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Live Review: The Weeknd Seduces L.A. at Sexually Charged ‘Kiss Land’ Show

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The signs were posted conspicuously around the venue, Los Angeles’ lush Greek Theater, nestled in the hills of the city’s Griffith Park: “Please be advised, tonight’s show contains mature content.”

Being the first of a two-night stand (Sept. 16-17) from mysterious alt-R&B Lothario, the Weeknd, such disclaimers would seem like a moot point. The artist born Abel Tesfaye has built his shadowy persona with a murky morass of sexual songs that celebrate excess, weaving a sonic world of wanton desires, drug-fueled orgies, and always fighting the inevitable pain and shame of the serotonin-depleted comedown.

For the uninitiated, the Weeknd’s rise from mixtape sensation to headlining a pair of well-attended shows at an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 5,700 bodies can seem a little sudden for an artist promoting his first official studio album, the recently released Kiss Land.

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