This Austin pair have a self-titled album out on Wild World. It's smart and pretty and, though it is ever so stripped down, it reminds me of Mary Timony's flair for melodic drama and mystery. Also, the singer brings up animals a lot. (Cats and rats.) And they rock out.
Their album reminded Carrie Brownstein of Quix*O*Tic, which is another good comparison because the music is so spare and the vocals so clean. You can hear a track at Brownstein's blog Monitor Mix or listen to them live right here. Is there a hint of Western balladry in there, or am I being silly?