One of a handful of local alternative bands that recognizes maverick cutting-edge indie influences while always endeavoring to develop their own personality (read: they don't sound like a cross between Weezer and whoever's profiled in the first few pages of Spin this month), Modern's recorded work continues to grow ever more engrossing. Their first, self-titled release tempered anthemic guitar pop with adventurous dynamics and an emerging interest in the more organic and melodic elements of electronic music. And while no official release date has been set for their second effort, a quick Internet perusal will turn up several new tunes that showcase further evolution of their sound to mesmerizing effect. Shades of everything from Radiohead's austere technosphere to The Mercury Program's warm, jazzy vibes filter in and out of Modern's soundscape, but the quartet never completely abandons the kind of cinematic, oceanic guitar-rock pioneered by the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate. An hour's worth of office-cubicle down time spent perusing the various sites where Modern's stuff is posted is highly recommended, and should prove habit-forming, as well.