Former pop-punk act takes a surprising, welcome left turn

I can't say I ever saw an Afro-pop-accented Paramore album coming down the pike, but Hayley Williams and Co.'s most recent record, After Laughter, is full of surprises. Gone are the emo-tinged, pop-punk anthems, supplanted with airy, nimble guitars and '80s synth-pop vibes. And it pretty much works! I'll take Paramore any day over flavorless opener Foster the People, but don't be afraid to arrive early to catch Soccer Mommy's “chill but kinda sad” bedroom pop. (Safe bet)