Ian MacKaye once said that the most relevant bands are those that exist right now, because they exist and you can go see them. I couldn't agree more. One of the reasons I wanted to write for Westword many years ago, despite my general disdain for anything resembling establishment and authority, was so that I could write about bands I knew were interesting and from here.
Today, time, finances, conflicting opportunities and the sheer numbers of bands in Denver has sometimes prevented me from checking out artists I've never heard of or at least have never seen. That having been said, if you go to enough shows, local and otherwise, and you end up stumbling across great local bands.