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One band you might like to check out is the Mountain Goats. Very great writing, very passionate, and they do stuff of all kinds. Some of it's happy and triumphant, other is sad and depressing, and a whole lot of it is angry. He seems to have a lot of metal/punk influence in terms of passion, but is softer in sound and low-fi in terms of instruments.
My favorite albums include The Sunset Tree, Transcendental Youth, All Hail West Texas, and Zopilote Machine.
Here's a Tiny Desk Concert performance.
I play the violin (that's the one I'm best at), the ukulele (2nd best), the piano (I haven't really played for a few years), and the guitar (absolute shit). The piano was first; I thought musicians were cool and my neighbor was a piano teacher, so that happened. Violin was next; my sister played it, and, being an impressionable kiddo, I wanted to play it like she did. I've been taking lessons and/or class for 7 years. Next was guitar. My Granny had a garage sale and there was a guitar, so I thought, "Hey, why not play that?" And so I bought it. Then I bought the ukulele about a year ago and I picked it up pretty quickly. Despite all this, I want nothing to do with music as a career.