A mere five years into the game, pop-punk-emo outfit Paramore stands poised to break through from the bubbling-under, "next big thing" ranks to the mainstream world of headlining gigs and Top 10 albums. Since forming in Tennessee, the group -- fronted by vocalist Hayley Williams and anchored by Williams' co-writer, guitarist Josh Farro -- has become a mainstay of the annual summer Warped Tour romps and a favorite of the rock press, from British rags Kerrang! and New Musical Express, to Stateside periodicals like Rolling Stone, which last year named Paramore one of its "bands to watch" in 2007.
With the late-summer release of "Riot!," Paramore solidified its burgeoning reputation and took to the road headlining medium-sized clubs. One suspects that the group won't be playing smaller venues for long. With Williams fronting the group, and the collective's ability to churn out music at once aggressive and accessible, Paramore seems destined for the arena-rock world. Bearing this in mind, you might want to venture down to the Town Ballroom at 6 p.m. Sunday to catch Paramore, with guests the Starting Line and the Almost, before the group leaves intimate venues behind for good.
Tickets are $21.50 in advance, $24 day-of-show, and can be found now at the Town Ballroom box office or through Tickets.com.
-- Jeff Miers