From a rock 'n' roll perspective, it doesn't get much dorkier than singing about palidromes and playing the accordian. Yet They Might Be Giants (led by John Flansburgh, left) make it work with a mix of irresistable melodies and an inventive spirit that, among other things, made them the first band to open their own online music store in 2004. And though they cut their teeth during the early '90s alternative era, TMBG are still active with recent appearances as part of Dave Eggers' "McSweeney's" crowd as well as a host of children's music projects. You're not the boss of them, no.
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