There's been a bit of new pop music I've been liking lately. There were a few years there where pop was really boring me.
Coldplay's Viva la Vida got a huge push from their record company.
Airborn Toxic Event might be a more "alternative" act which got its start on MySpace, of all things. It's like they took U2 circa 1988 and added a sort of Joy Division descending triads vocal - melody type thing. Well, one could imagine the Psychedelic Furs doing this with a more keyboardy arrangement.
There's something which just irks me about Death Cab for Cutie. Perhaps I'm rubbed the wrong way because they just seem like their songs should suck a lot more than they do. If you have 8 minutes you could listen to this whole thing. If you want to skip the intro then just go in about 4 minutes.