"It's my dream to make music for the commercial radio world, of shaking up the genre," Stark says. "We just happen to make pop music. It wouldn't hurt to make it popular."

Lavender Diamond frontwoman Becky Stark originally studied to become an opera singer and an actress. Yet at the insistence of her voice teacher, she went straight down the pop road. Her music box-sized voice swims atop whimsical, delicate melodies, many of them handsomely built with a piano. The band recently opened for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in its home city of Los Angeles and performed at this year's South by Southwest music conference in Austin. In January, the quartet released the four-song EP "Cavalry of Light" on its Web site, and is in the midst of completing its first full-length. "It's my dream to make music for the commercial radio world, of shaking up the genre," Stark says. "We just happen to make pop music. It wouldn't hurt to make it popular." Fans of Devendra Banhart, especially, are encouraged to sample songs at lavenderdiamond.com.