Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang

Best Kiddie Band, July 2008

You’d think you were at a Stones concert, except the screaming girls are four and the heartthrob at center stage is wearing pigtails and kneesocks. Give it up for Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang , a seven-member rock band that has inspired kids to dress like them and parents to book them for the hippest preschool parties. When they’re not performing “Red Means Stop” or “The Selfish Shellfish,” Gwendolyn and the band’s drummer, Brandon Jay, are composing music for the Showtime series Weeds. The band proves that tot-centric music needn’t be moronic—its fans include parents—and unlike Mick Jagger, Gwendolyn gives hugs after the gig.