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Paramore, ‘Riot!’ (Fueled by Ramen)

On their second album in less than two years, this melodic Tennessee foursome deliver everything that a group of new-school mall punks angling for the big time should — massive guitar riffs, sweetly infectious choruses, and soaring power ballads that are sure to get some play at this year’s winter formal. Their biggest asset, though, is singer Hayley Williams, an 18-year-old siren with a killer fashion sense and an undeniable knack for writing contemplative love songs. In a scene overrun by boring boys with flat-ironed hair, she stands apart. Call her Karen Emo.