I love recommending music (: So sorry if this is long.
Anyway, I listen to The Get Up Kids quite a bit. They do the whole "emo" thing without sounding as whiny as many bands in the genre do. Their live album, recorded in Lawrence Kansas isn't too bad, but it doesn't have some of their best songs on it. The best songs by them (in my opinion) are Campfire Kansas and Mass Pike --- though the most well known song is probably Holiday. They've broken up - but before they did, they put on one hell of a show.
I found the Feathermerchants on accident. I picked up the CD in a small local music shop, and I've been hooked ever since. The vocals are great, and the lyrics are the kind that kind of draw you in and tell you a story.
I also love 311 - I got into them when I was a lot younger, and they kind of stuck with me. They're this weird blend of marijuana-laced rock/rap, and I kinda like that they're different. Good songs to check out are Come Original and Down.
Someone already mentioned Nine Days, but their song Bitter Days, on the Madding Crowd album is one of my favorites as well.
Anna Nalick is an artist I heard on the radio really late one night, and I kind of fell for her song "Breathe", that's on the radio right now. I didn't expect the rest of her stuff to be so good. Then I bought Wreck of the Day and was pleasantly surprised. The album's emotional without sounding whiny or needy. My favorite song is Wreck of the Day. The line "I'd cheat destiny just to be near you.." is one of my favorites.
Last, but never least is Iron and Wine. My drama teacher/theater advisor who is pretty awesome introduced our cast to them, and we've all been kind of stuck. They, for no particular reason make me think of roller derby. They have a unique sound, which is something a lot of people miss in music today. My personal favorite is Promising Light.
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