Lollapalooza 2012, Day Two: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Twin Shadow, and Others
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Frank Ocean and The Weeknd
Singers Abel Tesfaye and Christopher Breaux operate under the names The Weeknd and Frank Ocean respectively, and their recent contributions have done much to reshape the face of modern R&B.
After a torrential downpour threatened to cancel his set, The Weeknd's Tesfaye hopped onstage backed by a full band, launching right into "High for This." Running through tracks from his breakthrough mixtape, Tesfaye knocked out great renditions of "House of Balloons" and the slithering, shaking "Glass Table Girls." The crowd knew every lyric, singing his own songs back to him at full blast.
Though he's affiliated with rap upstart crew Odd Future, Ocean seems like he could care less about shocking anyone with sweet songs like "Summer Remains" and the tearjerking nostalgia of "Thinking About You," which was Ocean's standout performance of the night.
Who could care about the rain (or the evacuation) when the aftermath offers such a treat? -- Ian Traas
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