I find myself listening to more and more Alternative Rock-ish music lately.

Recommend some bands for me, I already enjoy:
Our Lady Peace
Dave Matthews
Dissonance is Bliss

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try the stickied essentials list.
most of the stuff on there is pretty accessible and the stuff that isn't is worth working on until it clicks.
Neutral Milk Hotel
Dismemberment Plan
The Pixies
Minus the Bear
Andrew Bird
Any band on Elephant 6 is worth listening to.