Originally posted by badmoon
Where do you hear these bands? Satellite radio?
I don't have satellite radio. Sometimes I hear really good stuff on the CBC but most of the good stuff (good to me, at least) I find comes from last.fm or the forkcast on pitchforkmedia (http://pitchfork.com/forkcast). When I hear something I like then I'll usually check out their Myspace. If I like more than one song I will download the album on isoHunt or Pirate Bay. If I like the whole alubm, I'll buy it at the record store. When on a band's Myspace I will also check out their "friend" bands in their Top whatever to see if I find a treasure.
When reading reviews of albums, I usually go to metacritic.org.
Not all of the bands I listed are obscure though. Vampire Weekend did play on SNL this year and was #15 on the Billboard charts at one point.