Light This City's new album is shockingly decent. Ed, I know you don't want to, but I strongly suggest nabbing it off iTunes or something, I have a feeling you will be surprised. Especially if they will be doing the CA shows, you need to be prepared anyways
On a related note my mom was at a dinner party a couple weekends ago and chatted with Ben Murray's (Light This City drummer) dad
He passed up Berkeley to stay with LTC and make a career of it, and his parents aren't happy about that.