As a Modern Lover, he penned one of my favorite tunes, "Roadrunner." As a solo artist, he's cracked me up half a dozen times or so. Jonathan Richman accompanies himself not so much as a songwriter than as an adroit storyteller strapped to a guitar. Throughout the course of a set, he'll move from obscurities, like Ronnie Dawson's "Rockin' Bones," to his own songs about dancing at lesbian bars and taking the bus. It's David Sedaris meets Simon and Garfunkel.