Coachella Festival's epic factor plays out in the music, good and bad

April 13, 2015 7:42 PM

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Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian R&B singer known as the Weeknd, is not a man given to exaggerated cheer. In his dark but sensual music, which has exploded in popularity since he released a series of albums on the Internet in 2011, he describes a world of romantic dysfunction where no one ever has anything positive to say.

So when Tesfaye concluded his performance at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by declaring that he was having the greatest night of his life, you were inclined to take him seriously. Even if Saturday was only second- or third-best, that says an awful lot about Coachella, whose fir...

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