The Weeknd's recent shows have to tried to make spectacle out of haunting R&B minimalism. Now he'll have a much bigger stage to try it on.
The Toronto-based project of Abel Tesfaye announced a headlining show at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9. The outfit will be joined by a couple of like-minded rising acts pursuing the eerier ends of R&B and hip-hop: L.A.'s own ScHoolboy Q and the singer Jhene Aiko. Tickets go on sale Friday.
The bill pairs two chart-dominating acts who spin ruminative tales of drugs, regret and nihilism over progressive and minor-key arrangements.
The Weeknd's latest album, 2013's "Kiss Land," moved him out of his semi-anonymous mixtape release schedule and into the major-label spotlight. ScHoolboy Q's debut for interscope, "Oxymoron," led the Billboard album charts and cemented him as Top Dawg Entertainment's next major star.
Aiko, the relatively more optimistic opener, nonelethess has a lilting voice and sensuality onstage that fits right in the the Weend's gauzy after-hours moods.
Tesfaye's output has been a bit slower since "Kiss Land," though he did just release a new single, "Often," tied to this brief tour.
Is more new music from a much-anticipated follow-up awaiting fans at the Bowl? One never knows with the Weeknd, but he always finds ways to cut through the fog.