Also: John Medeski, Todd Rundgren, James Blake, the Knife, OMD, Brad Paisley, Dawes, and Device. Plus: Molly Ringwald and Andrea McCardle go to the cabaret, the San Francisco Symphony surrounds Beethoven, and the Postal Service redelivers.
New release (Fueled by Ramen; tour dates)
I’ll never forget my first encounter with Paramore. It wasn’t at a gig or on the radio. It came in the pages of a magazine: a backstage photo taken around the time of 2007’s Riot! And I have to be honest: My focus wasn’t on the band but on its singer, Hayley Williams. Underneath that flame of orange-red hair, with her head cocked elatedly to the side, she was laughing as if there was no tomorrow. Now that’s rock & roll, I thought, wondering if she (um, the band) sounded as full of youthful excitement as she looked.