The OP and I share similar music tastes, I think you'd really like bands like:
The Sea and Cake
The Kingsbury Manx
Built to Spill
- - - -Some are no-brainers (Toadies) and some are obscure (Kingsbury Manx)
Just youtube "Pageant Square" by Kingsbury Manx, and if you don't like that, I have nothing left to say.