The Magnetic Fields, and all of Stephin Meritt's side projects. Seriously, this is the best band in the world. I almost peed my pants when we saw them in Northampton last year.
PJ Harvey--always. Everything she has ever done is brilliant, in my humble opinion. If I could be anyone in the whole world it would be her.
Santogold--it's rare to feel like music is really fresh. She is SO fresh. And looking for a link to her music I discovered that she's just a few days older than me. That's one way to make me feel like I haven't done much with my life!
Lady Sovereign--hilarious and fun. Tigerlily loves her, too.
The Evens--already mentioned here. Great music and message. (this clip is FANTASTIC--when will the Evens kid's album be out?)
Aceyalone--the most amazing lyricist ever. Again, in my humble opinion.
Mates of State--so, so great. You're singing along, right? How can you not? (I totally want to party with the guys in this clip but I could never keep up)
Busdriver--another good lyricist. He also uses really interesting arrangements.
Avenue Q Soundtrack I can't get enough of this. Beware of some bleeped profanity in this clip.
...And of course there is so much more, but it's lunchtime!