Tag: The Weeknd

The Weeknd Embraces Darkness on <i>After Hours</i>

The Weeknd Embraces Darkness on After Hours


In the music video for “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, dances maniacally through the empty nighttime streets of Las Vegas. Bandaged and bloodied, he sports a red suit reminiscent of the Joker, laughing deeply at nothing and nobody in particular. The unsettling video serves as an introduction to the dark themes throughout After…

Concert Review: The Weeknd, Sept. 15, Capital One Arena

Concert Review: The Weeknd, Sept. 15, Capital One Arena


In line with the 80’s sci-fi themes of his latest album Starboy, Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, opened his show at Capital One Arena on Sept. 15 amidst clouds of smoke. As an illuminated spaceship-like structure slowly rose above the stage to dramatic, synthesized organ music, he dove into the title track of…

Critical Voices: The Weeknd, <i>Starboy</i>

Critical Voices: The Weeknd, Starboy


Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, spared no expense to publicize his latest album: teasing with singles, mysterious music videos, a conspicuously star-studded list of features, and a twelve-minute video entitled simply “MANIA.” The extravagance of Tesfaye’s preparation for his latest album’s release is indicative of his attitude throughout the album. Starboy is opulent….

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