Paramore at the Paramount

Adult edge defines the After Laughter tour.


Photo by Lindsey Byrnes

This band started young. Singer Hayley Williams was just 13 when she first met her bandmates at a program for local homeschooled junior high kids. Not everyone had faith that the youngsters’ garage band would be anything more than a passing phase. Even bassist Jeremy Davis was initially certain his prepubescent cohorts would lose interest in the venture before they got anywhere. But they were wrong. Turning their youth to an advantage, Paramore became known for its “young-sounding” vocals and honest but not sulky emo pop sound that explored the actual complexities of modern teenage lives. Over a decade later, the group continues to mature and evolve, their poppy synth melodies taking on a darker, more adult edge. Paramore takes a 180-degree departure from its usual effervescent energy when it plays a concert in Oakland to promote its latest studio album, After Laughter, a study in contrasts that riffs on the upbeat sonic new wave musical style while also delving into dark themes of depression and exhaustion. Heavy stuff!

Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., $38-$75, The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

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