It doesn't feel right, getting crushes on bands at the age of 35. But I've recently fallen in love with Voxtrot, from Austin TX.
Sure, they're channelling the same influences as almost every other indie-rock band right now (the Smiths, the Cure, early R.E.M.). I don't hear any bandwagon-jumping going on here, though. These songs sound remarkably fresh, natural, instinctive, and pure. Can't wait to see them play when they come to NYC in September.