Coachella 2018: The 18 Best Things We Saw at Weekend One

From Queen Bey to Cardi B and beyond

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The Weeknd
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Koury Angelo for Rolling Stone3/18

The Weeknd

Just five years ago, Abel Tesfaye was shrouded in darkness and self-constructed mystique. But on Friday night, he was a fully-functioning pop star standing proudly in the spotlights, delivering hit after hit, tirelessly working the crowd and projecting his icy, introverted R&B across the entire Coachella grounds. Crowd-pleasers such as "Can't Feel My Face" and "Earned It" were present and correct, but while Tesfaye has learned to put on a show, he's also managed to keep the emotional core of his music intact. Nowhere was this more apparent than on a bare bones version of "Call Out My Name" (from the new My Dear Melancholy EP), which the Canadian injected with a torrid, eye-widening drama that wouldn't have felt out of place on one of his early mixtapes.

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