Carrying on from lasts week's post. The last.fm group is up and running and even has a few members. I've started a thread where we can put in our recommendations for music others may not have heard. In the interests of saving me from thinking of something new to post, I have stolen my first recommendation from there to put here...
Apollo Up! are a fairly straight forward rock trio. To be honest, there is nothing particularly imaginative or inventive about their music but I have loved it ever since I first heard Walking The Plank when it was featured on some mp3 blog.
The music is on the heavier side but still firmly in the middle of a "Rock" genre. No metal influence, very little punk influence and no electronics. Lead singer Jay Leo Phillips has a voice very reminiscent of Elvis Costello (only harder) and it was that suggestion that made me want to listen in the first place.
They have their own band page where you will find a selection of tracks from their albums to download to get you started. There are also some on last.fm to stream.
If you like them enough to want to spend some money on them, their albums are available on Amie Street and are still very cheap there (cheap as in just over $5 would get you everything!).
To get you started, my favourite track is "The Job's A Game" (a short but powerful song, not streamed or free I'm afraid) but of the free downloads, check out "Walking The Plank" and "Guilty Fever".