Shannon Wright - "Let The Light In" - 2007
Dark, brooding pop music is what I suppose you could call this album. Easily my #1 active musician. Aside from her great song writing, she pretty much epitomizes all that a live performance should be. Too many bands forget that a live show is a performance and not just an opportunity to sell t-shirts.
Emmy The Great - "We Almost Had A Baby" + Demos - 2008
Indie-pop. Her full length comes out Feb '09 and she'll probably blow up. Very catchy.
Gemma Hayes - "Night On My Side" - 2003
Part pop, part My Bloody Valentine. Right behind Shannon Wright for my favorite active singer/song writer. She definitely deserves more recognition than she's gotten over the course of her 3 full lengths.
Lisa Hannigan - "Sea Sew" - 2008
Irish folk-pop. I can't stop listening to the first track.
Frank Turner - "Love, Ire, and Song" - 2008
Some compare him to Billy Bragg, and I see that. Photosynthesis, To Take You Home, A Love Worth Keeping are all really, really good tracks.
Billy Bragg - "Workers Playtime" - 1988
Classic album. Little Time Bomb is one of my top 10 songs of all time.