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Kid Cudi: Show Preview 

Wednesday, May 21 2014

Leave it to Kid Cudi to turn loneliness and pain into a party. On his debut mixtape, Cudi mined neuroses and drug-fueled escapism and came up with tracks like "Day 'N' Nite" — songs about sadness that are often set to chugging synths, a drum machine, and indie-pop samples. Since then, he's enjoyed varied success: He penned a few more hits, expanded his sonic palette to include more guitars, joined Kanye's music label, left Kanye's label, and, most recently, pulled a Beyoncé — he dropped an album without warning. Many of the new tracks are hypnotic instrumentals, few of which will make it into his set — expect instead crowd favorites like "Down & Out," "Memories," and "Pursuit of Happiness."

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