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No Doubt + Paramore + Janelle Monáe

The fresh-faced kids in Tennessee’s Paramore aren’t quite as enamored of the mix-and-match philosophy as the headliners are; their hit album,...

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The fresh-faced kids in Tennessee’s Paramore aren’t quite as enamored of the mix-and-match philosophy as the headliners are; their hit album, Riot!, from 2007, is fairly straightforward (if decidedly above-average) emo-rock stuff. But singer Hayley Williams definitely shares Stefani’s live-wire stage presence—when she headbangs, stand back. Paramore’s new one is tentatively due in September; expect a sneak preview here. Opener Janelle Monáe, a protge of Sean “Diddy” Combs, believes that what modern R&B needs is more modernity: On last year’s Metropolis: The Chase Suite, she warmed up chilly future-soul arrangements with a knowing brand of vocal firepower.—Mikael Wood

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