Jenny Owen Youngs
The Age of Rockets
These are all artists/bands I have only recently become acquainted with and I have fallen head over heals for all of them! A lot of them offer free music downloads, so definitely take advantage of that!
The best part about all of these is that they are putting out music they want to put out for the most part completely independently. Bess Rogers, for example, is funding her next album release by FAN DONATION ALONE. She needs $15,000 and she's already gotten over $10,000. Does that not excite anyone else?
Sure these people (for the most part) aren't household names, they aren't headlining, but they are doing what they love. They are happy.
It's just so freaking inspiring. If I end up half as satisfied as any of them, I will consider it a blessing.