The Magnetic Fields
the Mountain Goats
Imperial Teen released their third album with Merge (formally with Universal) in 2002. In 2007 they released The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band, and followed it up with this year's Feel The Sound. To me they are Head and the Heart meets Arcade Fire, though Imperial Teen released their first album wayyyy before either of the two.
In other news, the sun is shining in Seattle today!!!!OMG!!!wtf! As soon as I'm done slaving away on the wage train, a bike ride is definitely in order.
(my actual bike!)