IF THE SCOTTISH pop-punk band Bis is all the New York Times can come up with as an example of their brazenly redundant new subgenre heading "cutie pop," then Boston's Papas Fritas, currently operating as number one candidate for Cutest Band in America, have definitely not been given their due. Say their name slowly and you get the name of their music publishing company: "Pop Has Freed Us." On their totally overlooked self-titled debut kid-pop masterpiece, they sounded like a cross between Hüsker Dü and Hanna Barbera, blending Bob Mould's sonic backwash with playground harmonies and a worldview centered around a conviction that "girls and boys should be as one." Yes--we're talking high-pop romanticism of a highly... More >>>