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40 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2015

Rock reunions, desert dance parties and a generation-spanning kiss: the most memorable moments from Weekend One

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Best Man Alone: The Weeknd
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Best Man Alone: The Weeknd

The main stage at Coachella is a big space, and not many can fill it alone. Even Kanye brought out Bon Iver and a team of dancers in 2011, but the man known as Weeknd calmly stepped out by himself at Coachella, facing easily one of the festival's biggest crowds ever. He began with "High For This," his team of players out of sight behind a stage partition bathed in red light, as he slowly paced the stage, sharing his take on modern soul music. Calling the set "the greatest night of my entire life" to cheers, Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) delivered a full menu of 15 songs, including his own Drake cover, "Crew Love," with other passionate, respectful nods to Beyonce and Wiz Khalifa. Still just 25, the singer-producer otherwise seemed unfazed by the challenge, facing a desert landscape filled with fans with smooth jams on blunt subjects found on his last album, 2013's Kiss Land, where partying and lovemaking don't always grant redemption and release. Love hurts, and by the time he closed with a perfectly chosen "Earned It," few were about to disagree with him.

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