The band Van She has been pronounced the "Next Big Thing."
Definately a "Get the Knack" feeling about the songs I have heard so far. The Knack also got the NEXT BIG THING label a lot. I get the chorus of "Good Girls Don't" running through my brain when I watch the video for their song "Kelly." Oh, and if you are over 30, you will probably feel like a dirty old man for watching it.
In other music news, Metafilter has launched "Mefi Music," where registered users of that community can upload their own music. Mefi only has less than 40,000 members, but it is a really talented bunch of folks - dozens of original compositions have already been uploaded.
I have also been horribly remiss in not mentioning the brilliant Top Ten project over at "The Wisdom of the Illiterati." There is a weekly post comparing the top ten singles now vs. 1966. It is always entertaining and insightful. One of the CD's I regularly have in rotation is the 1966 Superhits collection from Time/Life. I have always been a big fan of album/singles charts and tried to read the chart sections of Billboard for as long as I can remember. One of the books I look at occassionally is a copy of all the top 40 charts by Joel Whitburn (albeit an older edition.) Anyway, if you are a music chart geek, give them a visit.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.