In Conversation: Paramore’s Hayley Williams & Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison

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Sophie Allison was eight years old when Paramore released their debut single “Pressure.” Fronted by Hayley Williams, Paramore was one of the only mainstream pop-punk bands that featured a teenage woman at the helm. She had fiery orange hair to match her stage persona and a warm but unshakeable personality that made Paramore stand apart … More »

Watch Paramore Bring Out Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo At Their First-Ever Brooklyn Show

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Gaten-Matarazzo-and-ParamoreYou know the old saying: Every kid on Stranger Things wants to be a musician, and every musician wants to be a kid on Stranger Things. Wait, maybe that’s not right. But it’s pretty remarkable how virtually every one of the child actors on the Netflix retro-sci-fi hit seems to have designs on some kind … More »

Paramore – “Caught In The Middle” Video

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Paramore-Caught-In-The-Middle-videoThe bright, canny emo veterans Paramore released their vivid, sparkly new wave album After Laughter last year, and they aren’t done with it yet. Earlier this year, they made a deeply entertaining “Rose-Colored Boy” video, casting Hayley Williams as a disgruntled morning-news anchor. And today, they’ve followed that one up with a new … More »

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 37

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Step into this beautiful house haven that Zookëper and Goshfather have created called “For Real.” With Goshfather still riding the high of his massive hit, “Everybody” with the Bingo Players, “For Real” makes an exceptional follow up. Zookëper ended his 2017 on a high note with a feisty remix for The Knocks, so these two teaming up was bound to be a surefire hit.

New Jersey brother duo Synchronice just released a self-titled five-track EP. The introductory track, “Light,” makes for a gorgeous lead-in to the Synchronice EP. With a gradual build and layers of heavenly synths, it paves the way for the remaining four tracks. Choir-like vocals and even a brief guitar melody draw the listener in beautifully.

13 is about to blow up in 2018. Already this year, he’s followed up last year’s massive REZZ collaboration with a remix for Krayysh, a Nest HQ mix, and now, an original. “Physical” brings 13’s signature dark style in full force, mounting his attack and sneaking up on the listener with an anticipatory, moody introduction. He layers in Darth Vader-like breathing for added eeriness, pausing midway through the song to drum up another build reminiscent of someone running. It’s haunting in every sense of the word.

Colorado producer brothel has taken on one of modern pop-punk’s biggest voices: Paramore. He steps up the intensity of Hayley Williams’ vocals by kicking them up an octave and adding heavy amounts of bass. One Reddit user says brothel is able to “merge filth and beauty like no one,” and I have to say I agree.

Outcry plays with melodies in this playful new original, “Skydancer.” The Australian producer lets a lively melody carry throughout the song, though he toys with stutter effects and other variants on the lighthearted theme that carry through as hits of bass weaves in and out. “Skydancer” is a long time in the making, as Outcry notes in the track description that he’s been working on it for two and a half years.

Watch Paramore’s Electrifying Colbert Performance

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Paramore guested on Colbert last night and broke out “Rose-Colored Boy,” a song off of their excellent 2017 release After Laughter. That LP landed on our Best Albums Of 2017 list, and it proved that Paramore continue to evolve with the times. More »

Meet Me In The Middle: Country Music’s Latest Wave Of Aspiring Pop Stars Has Arrived

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There is pulling a Taylor Swift, and then there’s pulling a Taylor Swift. Of the handful of country musicians who’ve briefly gotten a foothold in the pop mainstream — a list that in the past couple decades has included Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood among others … More »

Paramore – “Rose-Colored Boy” Video

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Last year, Paramore released their very good album After Laughter — it made our Best Albums Of 2017 list — and today they’ve shared a video for the latest single off it, “Rose-Colored Boy.” The video, which was directed by Warren Fu, sees the band portraying morning show hosts who keep up the … More »

Watch Paramore Cover SZA’s “20 Something”

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Paramore have come along way from their emo/pop-punk roots; just look at their cover choices. As The FADER points out, the band has taken to playing a piece of “20 Something,” the minimal acoustic song from Ctrl, the great recent album from Paramore’s fellow beloved pop phenom SZA. In concert, … More »

Like Everything Else, Music Videos Turned Millennial Pink In 2017

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Apparently, pop culture can now assign an entire generation their own color. “Millennial Pink” has supposedly been on the rise for the past few years, but 2017 is when it became inescapable. Everywhere I looked this year, the subdued-yet-quirky shade was lurking. BAM, there it is in a weirdly sexual Postmates ad on … More »

Paramore – “Fake Happy” Video

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“Fake Happy” is one of many amazing pop-rock constructions on Paramore’s After Laughter, an album I criminally underrated upon its release and have come to love dearly. The tune finds Hayley Williams lamenting widespread artificial contentment in polite society, the unspoken rules that lead us to respond to questions like “How are you?” with … More »