Every time you go to show you get saddled with a local band no one's ever heard of opening for more interesting people. But listen to me, listen to them. Yeah, some of them suck, but some of them don't.
Being from Chicago I can tell you, some of those bands are Fall Out Boy and The Academy Is...
So listen to those local bands, you're stuck with them anyway, and you might discover the next FOB before your friends.
In the mean time, check out A Kidnap In Color's EP "The Rumours Are Flying". And though they don't exist anymore, if you like what you hear check out their new music under their new name Famous Like You.