Royal Crescent Mob

They could have been bigger than the Red Hot Chili Peppers… This quartet from Columbus, Ohio takes punk-funk to its logical extreme, combining a strongarm/goodfoot rhythm section with a guitarist (by the name of B) weaned on both James Brown and the Stooges, and a passionate harmonica- blowing singer (David Ellison). The results are pretty…

Barenaked Ladies

As cute as a baby and as appealing as a loaded diaper, Toronto’s Barenaked Ladies — in truth, a bunch of guys whose only discernible fashion statement is their heinous haircuts — rope together the hyperactive lyrical imagination of They Might Be Giants, the overbearing sentimentality of Harry Chapin, the folk-rocky musical conviction of Jimmy…