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2017 Index of Winners

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Stevie Pettus

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Lost-n-Found Thrift & Consignment Store

Best kids clothing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
The Little Nest

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Blusion Wash and Dry

Best wax studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Sweet Peach Wax Studio

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Anita Youngblood

Best holistic health practicioner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Amy King

www.doctoramyking.com

photo by: Joeff Davis

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers

Best comic book store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers

Best place to shop and do some good BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Bigmouthben Convenience Store
Benjamin “Bigmouthben” Graham battled drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness for almost two decades before getting his life back on track. Once he did, Graham dedicated himself to his art (a style of rap known as “hope-hop”) and, with the help of his wife Tanya Graham, opened the BIGMOUTHBENmore...
Benjamin “Bigmouthben” Graham battled drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness for almost two decades before getting his life back on track. Once he did, Graham dedicated himself to his art (a style of rap known as “hope-hop”) and, with the help of his wife Tanya Graham, opened the BIGMOUTHBEN CONVENIENCE STORE on Auburn Avenue. The shop, located three blocks from where he used to sleep under a bridge, not only sells groceries and souvenirs but also serves as a resource for Atlantans in need, providing free water, clothes and a helping hand. So by shopping with the Grahams, you not only support a worthy local business — you help support the community at large. 370 Auburn Ave., Suite A. 404-331-3973. www.bigmouthbenstores.com. less...

Best way to catch blockbusters at the multiplex BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18
If you’re a regular moviegoer in Atlanta, you undoubtedly know there are plenty of swanky options available when it comes to where and how you watch films — from theaters with gigantic plush seats to spots with fancy food and more. But the best VIP viewing in town can be found at REGAL ATLANTIC STATIONmore...
If you’re a regular moviegoer in Atlanta, you undoubtedly know there are plenty of swanky options available when it comes to where and how you watch films — from theaters with gigantic plush seats to spots with fancy food and more. But the best VIP viewing in town can be found at REGAL ATLANTIC STATION STADIUM 18. Sure, Atlantic Station can be a bit of a tourist trap, but tucked in the back of its busy multiplex is a surprisingly chill cinematic retreat, complete with adult beverages, private bathrooms, super-comfortable screening rooms with tons of room and more. Plus: It’s a 21-plus zone, so you don’t have to worry about rubbing shoulders with any of those pesky tweens. 261 19th St. N.W., Suite 1250. 404-347-9894. www.atlanticstation.com/movies. less...

Best local instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
John Burke

Best local singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Julian Morena

Best album BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Portrait by Deaux

www.moredopemusic.com/deaux

photo by: Lindsey Max

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Frank Mayson "Phonies"

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Romeo Cologne

Best jazz night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Third Friday Jazz at High Museum of Art

Best nightlife event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Whiskey Blue's Full Moon Party

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brigitte Bidet

www.facebook.com/missbrigittebidet

photo by: Dustin Chambers

Best bar with games BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez

Best food hall BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Atlanta food Instagrammer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Atl_Bucketlist

Best soup BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
After the sad and sudden death of chef/partner Angus Brown in early January, the fate of four-month-old 8ARM was uncertain. But with deep love and tenacity, the tight-knit, uber-talented staff — including partner Nhan Le, pastry maestro Sarah Dodge and chefs Keith Remes, Wilson Gourley and Brooks Raymanmore...

After the sad and sudden death of chef/partner Angus Brown in early January, the fate of four-month-old 8ARM was uncertain. But with deep love and tenacity, the tight-knit, uber-talented staff — including partner Nhan Le, pastry maestro Sarah Dodge and chefs Keith Remes, Wilson Gourley and Brooks Rayman — managed to get the restaurant back up and running the next day … and every day since. From early mornings to late nights, cinnamon rolls to ceviches, they’ve been cooking and serving an ever-changing kaleidoscope of locally sourced culinary magic, keeping things fresh while loyally maintaining Brown’s earthy, funky vibe. The recently finished patio finds Joshua Fryer slinging drinks for the cool kids from a repurposed, tropical-themed shipping container late into the night. For all these reasons and more, 8arm is our pick for 2017’s best restaurant. We miss you terribly, Angus, but we think you’d be pretty proud of what you left behind. 710 Ponce de Leon Ave. 470-875-5856. www.8armatl.com.

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Best established visual artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Greg Mike

www.gregmike.com

photo by: Lindsey Max

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Tiny Doors ATL

Best illustrator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Sarah Neuburger

Best local actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Arturo Fonts

Best local zine BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Dope Girls

Best gallery for otherground art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Attend an opening at KAI LIN ART and you’ll be struck by the diversity of the folks in attendance: a congregation of all races, ages and levels of artistic expertise. That audience diversity is undoubtedly due to the divergent range of art that hangs on the gallery’s walls — which this past yearmore...

Attend an opening at KAI LIN ART and you’ll be struck by the diversity of the folks in attendance: a congregation of all races, ages and levels of artistic expertise. That audience diversity is undoubtedly due to the divergent range of art that hangs on the gallery’s walls — which this past year displayed the surreal paintings of Thomas Turner, the pop art of Chris Hobé, the patterned portraits of Lela Brunet and many more. Founded in 2008 by owner/director Yu-Kai Lin, Kai Lin Art’s mission to promote “emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond” is one that adds to the richness of Atlanta, on a cultural and a social level. 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Suite 7. 404-408-4248. www.kailinart.com.

(art by Tim Kent)

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best comedic mover and shaker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Ian Aber
A good comedian can make any audience laugh and an even better comedian can create opportunities for others to make people laugh. All a comic needs is wits and a stage and IAN ABER has been building up stages left and right across Atlanta. Blink and the busy jokesmith will have a new show with a new,more...

A good comedian can make any audience laugh and an even better comedian can create opportunities for others to make people laugh. All a comic needs is wits and a stage and IAN ABER has been building up stages left and right across Atlanta. Blink and the busy jokesmith will have a new show with a new, innovative angle. Whether it’s an audience-swap experiment in a ballroom, an LGBTQ-themed variety show in a club, or a grilled-cheese-studded affair in an alt room, Aber is growing the comedy scene and growing his career in the process. It’s not just the quantity of rooms Aber puts together that’s impressive, but the deliberate and thoughtful way he builds his lineups, seeking to lift up those who sometimes are not as visible in comedy. www.comedyian.com.

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best theatrical artistic director BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Kenny Leon
Although KENNY LEON garnered national interest again this past December when he directed NBC’s live-TV rendition of the musical Hairspray, it’s the Tony Award winner’s work with the Atlanta-based True Colors Theatre Company that earns major props from us. Founded in 2002, True Colors has been amore...
Although KENNY LEON garnered national interest again this past December when he directed NBC’s live-TV rendition of the musical Hairspray, it’s the Tony Award winner’s work with the Atlanta-based True Colors Theatre Company that earns major props from us. Founded in 2002, True Colors has been a catalyst behind some of the city’s most relevant and topical theatrical productions, with Leon — the company’s artistic director and co-founder — at the helm. Its most recent season of plays, for example, touched on the nation’s public school system and mental illness, among other real-life issues — but done in a way that’s not heavy-handed or preachy. Add to that the fact that True Color’s productions are held at the Southwest Arts Center, bringing quality theater to communities that have often been overlooked, and it’s clear Leon’s influence reverberates well beyond the stage. www.kennyleon.com. less...

Best (freaky) free outdoor art gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Doll's Head Trail
Out past the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, heading south on Moreland Avenue is an Atlanta cultural gem: the mythical DOLL’S HEAD TRAIL. Created by ATL’s Joel Slaton, the trail is an outsider art exhibit with enough weirdness and compelling art made from refuse to leave you contemplating its existencemore...

Out past the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, heading south on Moreland Avenue is an Atlanta cultural gem: the mythical DOLL’S HEAD TRAIL. Created by ATL’s Joel Slaton, the trail is an outsider art exhibit with enough weirdness and compelling art made from refuse to leave you contemplating its existence for days. The trail is part of a bigger path at Constitution Lakes, a DeKalb County park that includes some wonderful boardwalks across swampy terrain and hiking trails. Among bird songs and occasional train whistles, discombobulated dolls, broken TVs and rusted car parts have been repurposed into ingenious monuments to modern follies. Found objects, which otherwise might litter the trail, are reconstructed into thought-provoking moments. Freaky and provocative, cheesy and authentic, the Doll’s Head Trail is completely original and strangely beautiful. Constitution Lakes Park, 1305 S. River Industrial Boulevard.

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best YouTuber BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Qaadir F. Howard
QAADIR F. HOWARD is one of Atlanta’s master “draggers” — i.e., he excels at taking people, places and things to task in front of a camera in the most hilarious ways. Click on over to his popular YouTube channel and check him ripping the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Donald Trump and even his co-workers,more...
QAADIR F. HOWARD is one of Atlanta’s master “draggers” — i.e., he excels at taking people, places and things to task in front of a camera in the most hilarious ways. Click on over to his popular YouTube channel and check him ripping the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Donald Trump and even his co-workers, all served up utilizing his trademarked rapid-fire delivery style. His clips are straight-up confessional vlogs with minimal editing, but what they lack in bells and whistles, Howard makes up for in uncensored, no-holds-barred reading. Bottom line: Dude is a trip. www.youtube.com/user/Timaya. less...

Best live band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Material Girls
This year, Atlanta boasts a surplus of new and genuinely groundbreaking artists, as the city's DIY aesthetics evolve to reflect the political catastrophe that's unfolding across the country. When it comes to live shows, MATERIAL GIRLS stand head and shoulders above the rest, captivating crowds with snarlingmore...

This year, Atlanta boasts a surplus of new and genuinely groundbreaking artists, as the city's DIY aesthetics evolve to reflect the political catastrophe that's unfolding across the country. When it comes to live shows, MATERIAL GIRLS stand head and shoulders above the rest, captivating crowds with snarling cabaret/punk theatrics, dressed in drag. Tyler Jundt and David Iduate lead the charge blaring through trumpet and saxophone, while John Restivo Jr. pounds away on bongos and drums. The group's latest addition, Meghan Dowlen, struts on bass, while Robbie Rapp sears on guitar, and Ben Presley growls his sultry vocals. The group cuts through the subservience of boring, old street wear, as their stage presence and instrumentation rise above the trappings of just another Best local rock band. Since breaking the group's minimal online presence with the arrival of its debut album, MS VS IQ (released July 2016 via Irrelevant Records), Material Girls emulsify on stage with elements of glam and grit, hunky brass and dildos, wigs and pacifiers, and an attitude so natural the group doesn't give a shit if you buy it or not. www.soundcloud.com/materialgirlsusa

photo by: Rick Campbell

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Best way to get down and do good BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
La Choloteca
You can almost hear the screams of delight emanating from Atlanta's Latinx community and beyond anytime LA CHOLOTECA announces another new party. Creating safe(r) spaces for the late-night dance crowd, La Choloteca's organizers and party revelers abide by rules such as no groping, no hate and no bodymore...
You can almost hear the screams of delight emanating from Atlanta's Latinx community and beyond anytime LA CHOLOTECA announces another new party. Creating safe(r) spaces for the late-night dance crowd, La Choloteca's organizers and party revelers abide by rules such as no groping, no hate and no body shaming. Along the way, they wrangle a formidable lineup of DJs boasting Best local talents such as Esme, Florista, Santiago Paramo and more on the turntables, blasting the soundtrack to the party's unspoken rule: "Dance hard, all night." The party's tagline is "La Choloteca: Ley de Latinx" „ Atlanta's Latinx community and their rights to party „ but all are welcome, and the word is out. The last year witnessed exponential growth for La Choloteca. After settling into its new home at MJQ, hosting events such as the YA QUE?! cross-country tour of radical resistance, and hosting parties in New York City, La Choloteca raised the bar high for active activism and filling up a room with more beautiful people, inside and out, than anywhere else in the city. www.facebook.com/Choloteca. less...

Best place to take a selfie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Pink Trap House
All right, that title's a little misleading, but who would have thought that a marketing idea for the latest 2 Chainz album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, would have created such a buzz around a craftsman home in Berkeley Park? 2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, and his team rented a home and blasted it inmore...

All right, that title's a little misleading, but who would have thought that a marketing idea for the latest 2 Chainz album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, would have created such a buzz around a craftsman home in Berkeley Park? 2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, and his team rented a home and blasted it in hot pink paint, creating a hot spot for like-hunting social media savants, and serving as much more than a selfie backdrop that drew people from across the country. THE PINK TRAP HOUSE, as it came to be known, at different points during its brief lifetime, acted as a nail salon, art gallery, church and even a Best locale to utilize the Fulton County Health Department's mobile HIV testing truck. All in all, this served as great promo for one of 2 Chainz's best albums. Turns out, the guy can make a hit. www.2chainz.com.

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Best hip-hop incubator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Controllerise
The cutting edge of underground hip-hop shines every Thursday night when the CONTROLLERISE vibe session takes over Slice Pizza. Weekly regulars such as LeemLizzy, Funk.Shu, Triiip the Hippy, house DJ Empress Rah and more may not be household names yet, but each one is a staple of the thriving beat showcasemore...

The cutting edge of underground hip-hop shines every Thursday night when the CONTROLLERISE vibe session takes over Slice Pizza. Weekly regulars such as LeemLizzy, Funk.Shu, Triiip the Hippy, house DJ Empress Rah and more may not be household names yet, but each one is a staple of the thriving beat showcase where young DJs, producers and intrepid MCs roll out their latest concoctions for a gathering of peers and like-minded Best locals. Controllerise was conceived by Chris Wilkes, aka STLNDRMS, and Mike Harr as a grass-roots effort to facilitate the overwhelming amount of raw talent they saw brewing around them. Over the last year, attendance has grown, while a revolving cast of beatmakers sharpen their skills with quick excursions to the outer limits. The communal vibe of the weekly party functions as an incubator for ideas where hip-hop heads bounce ideas off of each other, give feedback and provide a critical support system where everyone grows mutually. A fresh batch of instrumental music is always on blast, but an appreciation for all things anime binds the room together. Cartoons such as Ghost in the Shell play out in the periphery, and attendees register to win anything from action figures to T-shirts and other manga-related gear. Giveaways aside, this is ground zero for Atlanta's most creative young minds in hip-hop. Slice Pizza, 75 Piedmont Ave. S.E.
www.controllerise.com

photo by: Lindsey Max

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Best band keeping old-school punk ethics alive BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Antagonizers ATL
In times of overt bigotry and social unrest, ANTAGONIZERS ATL's songs offer uncompromising messages of unity and positivity. This street punk credo echoes as loud in these contentious times as jokey provocation or political sloganeering. Such anthems as "Hold Your Ground" and "Dead to Us" extol the valuesmore...

In times of overt bigotry and social unrest, ANTAGONIZERS ATL's songs offer uncompromising messages of unity and positivity. This street punk credo echoes as loud in these contentious times as jokey provocation or political sloganeering. Such anthems as "Hold Your Ground" and "Dead to Us" extol the values of self-respect and not taking shit off known enemies and false friends. The band's positive message resounds with listeners for two reasons. First, singer Bohdan Zacharyj, guitarist Richard Henderson, bassist Billy Fields and drummer Eric Antell perform loud and fast rock 'n' roll with roots that dig deep into U.S. and U.K. punk history. Second, and more importantly, all four members come across as genuinely well-intentioned old-school punks, sharing the music that changed their lives every time they take the stage. www.antagonizersatl.bandcamp.com

photo by: Shooting The Shot Photography

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Best modern classical composer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Chris Childs
Former Hello Ocho pianist/percussionist and Faun and a Pan Flute marimba player CHRIS CHILDS didn't take much time off over the last year. In June, Childs released a 30-minute composition, titled "If I Were a Little Boy, I'd Be a Girl." He composed the music amid a tight schedule bookended by touringmore...
Former Hello Ocho pianist/percussionist and Faun and a Pan Flute marimba player CHRIS CHILDS didn't take much time off over the last year. In June, Childs released a 30-minute composition, titled "If I Were a Little Boy, I'd Be a Girl." He composed the music amid a tight schedule bookended by touring with Hello Ocho, while also staying on the road with and releasing Faun's second album, 2014-2016. When not working on his own material, Childs wrote pieces for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Somewhere in there he found time team up with cellist Ben Shirley and English horn player Carolyn Johnston as the Chris Childs Trio. The outfit was assembled to perform "If I Were a Little Boy, I'd Be a Girl," placing Childs' modern classical work on stages everywhere from dive bars to DIY venues along the East Coast. The music embraces the freeness of a small ensemble, while facing the musical challenges inherent in boiling the music down to just three instruments. But the ability to adapt is Childs' strong suit, as he shuns the notions of academic stagnation by allowing the piece to continue growing with each performance, no matter what obstacles life stacks in front of it. www.chrischildsmusic.com. less...

Best debut record BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Pallas
PALLAS has garnered an impressive amount of national press on the heels of releasing the group's debut seven-song 12-inch via Drop Medium Recordings. Everyone from Impose to Clrvynt has weighed in on the band's lo-fi art-punk aesthetic. Everyone from Impose to Clrvynt has weighed in on the band's lo-fimore...
PALLAS has garnered an impressive amount of national press on the heels of releasing the group's debut seven-song 12-inch via Drop Medium Recordings. Everyone from Impose to Clrvynt has weighed in on the band's lo-fi art-punk aesthetic. Everyone from Impose to Clrvynt has weighed in on the band's lo-fi art-punk aesthetic. From the opening bass rumble of and high-speed rhythms of "Render (Location 13)" to vocalist Danielle Brutto's consistently unintelligible, but undeniably catchy shouts, the group's sound occupies a musical terrain that falls between post-punk and no-wave „ reminiscent of Sonic Youth, Palm or closer-to-home acts such as Warehouse, Red Sea and Hellier Ulysses. Bass player Valentina Tapia leads the charge here; her performance is especially impressive throughout "Cast a Lion, Cured a Crow." Guitarist Zane Durfee and drummer Decker d'Alesio are also at the top of their game in songs such as "Itchy Feet (Location 12)" and "Lavender Lout." It's a joyous experience to witness how experimental and fluid these seven songs are, while remaining grounded to melodies that are far beyond the group's years. www.facebook.com/pallasatl. less...

Best punk enabler BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Josh Feigert
JOSH FEIGERT wears many hats: State Laughter label owner, guitarist for GG King, Uniform, and at least one or two new groups that may or may not get off the ground. He's also Atlanta's trusted punk and hardcore show promoter, regularly booking out-of-town acts with Best locals in rooms from 529 in Eastmore...
JOSH FEIGERT wears many hats: State Laughter label owner, guitarist for GG King, Uniform, and at least one or two new groups that may or may not get off the ground. He's also Atlanta's trusted punk and hardcore show promoter, regularly booking out-of-town acts with Best locals in rooms from 529 in East Atlanta to Eyedrum Downtown. It seems there just aren't enough hours in the day for Feigert. His motivation is simply a desire to continue making punk and hardcore music, and to support others who do as well. And for Feigert, punk's not dead, and this is no nostalgia trip. A thriving network of young and outraged musicians is alive and thriving outside the typical rock club circuit in 2017, and we the people need it now more than ever. So when Hank and the Hammerheads from New York need to book a last-minute show, or when Best local acts such as Nag and Mutual Jerk need a home for their new 7-inches, tapes and LPs, Feigert is a pillar of the community with aspirations to keep building his network of recording, pressing, distributing and enabling punk rock. Feigert is there working the door at his own shows, and hustling to make it all happen, for the love of the music, the ideology and the community. www.statelaughter.storenvy.com. less...

Best album BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Mastodon's Emperor of Sand
It's true. MASTODON was relegated to CL's Best of Atlanta Trophy Case in 2016. What else could the pride of Atlanta metal do to impress us after already receiving so many awards? In March, the arrival of the group's seventh proper album, Emperor of Sand, achieved what many thought couldn't be done: Themore...
It's true. MASTODON was relegated to CL's Best of Atlanta Trophy Case in 2016. What else could the pride of Atlanta metal do to impress us after already receiving so many awards? In March, the arrival of the group's seventh proper album, Emperor of Sand, achieved what many thought couldn't be done: The album reinvented the group's sound by expanding upon an already established snarl. Drummer Brann Dailor stepped up his role as vocalist fleshing out sharp and vivid new dimensions in Mastodon's sound, and the rest of the band adjusted its tangled metallic dirge to suit a recalibrated sound palette. The album's lead single, "Show Yourself," served as an easy access point for what shaped up to be an impressive return. Singer/guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and bass player Troy Sanders exude a focused, fully charged presence in songs such as "Sultan's Curse," "Andromeda," "Steambreather" and more. BONUS: While the album was making waves around the world, here on the home front, the group unveiled Ember City Rehearsal Studios, a new Westside practice facility for a town that sorely needs practice spaces. It was a stellar year for the band that just keeps giving. www.mastodonrocks.com. less...

Best soul/jazz songstress BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Brenda Nicole Moorer
BRENDA NICOLE MOORER is having one hell of a year. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter kicked things off in April by releasing Brand New Heart, her second full-length „ and most critically lauded „ collection of jazz, soul and folk tunes. Then in May, she earned her first solo shot performing at themore...

BRENDA NICOLE MOORER is having one hell of a year. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter kicked things off in April by releasing Brand New Heart, her second full-length „ and most critically lauded „ collection of jazz, soul and folk tunes. Then in May, she earned her first solo shot performing at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and, in the months that followed, played venues like City Winery and Variety Playhouse, opening for drummer Brandon Williams and other musical heavyweights. On top of all that, she recently struck a deal with P-Vine Records to get Brand New Heart distributed in Japan „ so we can only imagine that even bigger things are on the horizon.
www.brendanicolemoorer.com.

photo by: Joeff Davis

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