EVERMORE: In late 2010, brothers Josh and Zac Farro of Paramore—who play at the Joint on May 3 ($36)—announced that they were quitting the band they helped found. The band released a statement that emphasized the amicability of the split—“We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy”—and all was well until the Farros released their own statement, which basically accused singer Hayley Williams of distorting reality and using the band as a launching pad for a solo career. All this leads to the release of the self-titled Paramore, the band’s first new album since the split—and a huge hit. Spin’s Theon Weber rated it 8 out of 10, saying, “Paramore are good for you because they believe that you have a monster inside you.” Whether you like this emo outfit or not, you have to hand it to them for doubling down and winning.
DIAMOND LIFE: I have a confession to make: More than once in the writing of this column, I have been compelled to write about artists I’m unfamiliar with. Marina and the Diamonds, who play poolside at the Cosmopolitan on May 9 ($20), is one such artist, and the half-dozen songs I’ve just listened to via Spotify constitute my complete knowledge of Marina Diamandis, who’s the sole official member of the “band.” Here’s what I think on first listen: She’s kinda like the New Wave divas of my youth—your Kim Wildes, your Patty Smyths—and she’s keeping a close eye, perhaps too close, on what’s working for Florence and the Machine and Ellie Goulding. And she seems super nice: In a 2009 interview with Gary Crowley of the BBC, she said that the best moment in her life so far was “finding out that people might actually like me.” (C’mon, everyone: Awwwwww.) Her voice is strong and she’s got a good ear, but her stuff is awash in trendy production dross. Perhaps a live show strips it all away. Perhaps.
NOW ON SALE: It is so: Weezer plays poolside at the Cosmopolitan on July 27 ($50). So many hits, and so many lesser hits that sound exactly like the big hits—they’re kind of like our generation’s Electric Light Orchestra, you know? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.