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Best of Atlanta 2010 After Dark

 

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After Dark

Thank gawd for gentrification. Without it, we'd be denied some of our guiltiest pleasures.

Have you noticed that Atlanta's newest nightlife district sits smack dab in the middle of Old Fourth Ward, one of the few remaining neighborhoods where you'll find scenesters mingling with soulsters - and where crack is still considered a designer drug? Fancy that.

Truth is, there's a revived exploration happening all throughout our late-night nooks and musical crannies. Take Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Relegated to the sidelines by the industry, Big found a way to remind us that there's still something inherently cool about being an outcast. The same goes for Zoroaster, a band with the mettle to reshape this town's music scene.

It took an old-school karaoke party to bring life back to Pal's historic corner of Auburn Avenue. Meanwhile, throwback bands like Yacht Rock Revue and the Soulphonics and Ruby Velle have injected new blood into their epic redux.

From strip clubs to 7-inches, Atlanta's finding some inventive ways to reanimate the tried and true.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best band to outlast the after party BOA Award Winner

The Constellations
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album,more...
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album, Southern Gothic, is a sleazy, sweat-soaked rollercoaster ride into the excesses of the night, with a cast of shady characters along for the ride. Your mother might not be their biggest fan, but their lecherous ways landed them on Virgin Records and helped them score a spot opening for Snoop Dogg on stages across the country. And you know Snoop don't party with amateurs. www.theconstellationsmusic.com less...

Best cathartic 7-inch experience BOA Award Winner

'Georganne' (Double Phantom)
"GEORGANNE" (Double Phantom), the latest indie brat rant from the Balkans is a melodic ride where Frankie Broyles' musings on isolation bleed into a haze of lo-fi textures and dramatic ups and downs. www.myspace.com/thebalkans

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Back Pockets
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempfmore...
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempf leads a revolving cast of players in an all-encompassing cabaret that stands apart from Atlanta's rock 'n' roll bar scene. The sound is Of Montreal mixed with Marquis de Sade, with ramshackle musical elements unfolding alongside actors' exaggerated vignettes. The audience is armed with drumsticks, tearing down the wall between spectator and performer. Through it all, band members don face paint of jeweled shapes, clouds and flowers, taking on a feral presence that, despite its anti-pop connotations, results in songs and scenes that are compelling and catchy. www.myspace.com/thebackpockets less...

Best non-mainstream mixtape to mainline intravenously BOA Award Winner

1140: The Overdose
The aptly titled 1140: THE OVERDOSE paired Atlanta's up-from-dirt MC Pill with mixtape royalty DJ Drama in a release that is the polar opposite of everything Atlanta rap has come to represent. We deem that a good thing. www.theeducatedvillains.com

Best young punks BOA Award Winner

Ralph
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeledmore...
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeled into anything but punk rock. Of all the bands in Atlanta, Ralph keeps the lifeblood flowing through the post-Rob's House Records scene, and they do so without aping anyone's style. It's punk in its raw, Reagan-era form (Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, the Germs), meaning the band exists in a state of primordial three-chord bliss. The old-school punk ethos is all about capturing something special before it goes bust; the kids in Ralph are definitely reveling in that moment. www.myspace.com/imgonnaralph less...

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Yo! Karaoke

Best band to rock the casbah BOA Award Winner

Noot d' Noot
No one gets a party started quite like NOOT D' NOOT. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. The linemore...
No one gets a party started quite like NOOT D' NOOT. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. The line between artists and audience disappears when the polyrhythms take over. Noot d' Noot is all about altitude, not attitude, and regardless of gender, creed or color, the group's songs always speak in tongues. www.myspace.com/nootdnoot less...

Best DJ to free your soul BOA Award Winner

DJ Kemit
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to globalmore...
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to global soul, and his breakbeat production work as one-half of KemeticJust is world-renowned. But locals love him for more selfish reasons. In the last year, his Atlanta rotation has grown to include residencies at the Sound Table, Halo, and, of course, his monthly Spread Love dance parties at 595 North, where the ancestral funk he spins is so thick, you'll lose your mind trying to find your soul. www.experiencespreadlove.com less...

Best Local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Zoroaster

Best mixtape to play while assuming the lotus position BOA Award Winner

Supernova: A prelude to a journey

Best strip club event BOA Award Winner

Besides being Atlanta's oldest strip club (and featuring some of Atlanta's oldest strippers), Clermont Lounge remains the freakiest trip in town. And on Saturday nights, the long-running DISCO FUNK WITH ROMEO COLOGNE serves up elixir for the soul. Something about James Brown and the J.B.'s chanting "Makemore...
Besides being Atlanta's oldest strip club (and featuring some of Atlanta's oldest strippers), Clermont Lounge remains the freakiest trip in town. And on Saturday nights, the long-running DISCO FUNK WITH ROMEO COLOGNE serves up elixir for the soul. Something about James Brown and the J.B.'s chanting "Make It Funky" while Blondie crushes empty PBR cans betwixt her boobs just makes you check your inhibitions at the dance floor. Perfect for date night. 789 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-874-4783. www.clermontlounge.net. less...

Best soundtrack for two-fisting it in L5P BOA Award Winner

'Fucked up in Public' (Young Antiques Music)
Atlanta's consummate power-pop songwriter Blake Rainey takes a drunken stroll through the bars of Little Five Points on the 7-inch "FUCKED UP IN PUBLIC" from the Young Antiques (Young Antiques Music). A rapid-fire jangle and searing lead follows our hero through his mini odyssey in this night in themore...
Atlanta's consummate power-pop songwriter Blake Rainey takes a drunken stroll through the bars of Little Five Points on the 7-inch "FUCKED UP IN PUBLIC" from the Young Antiques (Young Antiques Music). A rapid-fire jangle and searing lead follows our hero through his mini odyssey in this night in the life of a working man. www.myspace.com/youngantiquesrock less...

Best 7-inch can of whoop-ass you'll open all year BOA Award Winner

Predator's 'Honest Man' (Rob's House)
Predator's debut single, "HONEST MAN" (Rob's House), catches the band at its anxiety-ridden finest. Three cuts of razor-sharp guitar, bass and drums collide with two-part vocal chants, oozing with self-loathing and punk perfection. www.myspace.com/atlpredator

Best bar for electronic/DJ music BOA Award Winner

The Sound Table

Best excuse to get drunk with your dad BOA Award Winner

Yacht Rock Revue

Best country music act BOA Award Winner

Sodajerk

Best electronic act BOA Award Winner

Sonen
No one has done more to foster a sense of community within the electro-rock scene than SONEN. The group's monthly Laserbeam Kitty nights at the Highland Inn Ballroom not only give a platform to such burgeoning dance-pop peers as Attention System, Judi Chicago and Sealions, they also attract a much largermore...
No one has done more to foster a sense of community within the electro-rock scene than SONEN. The group's monthly Laserbeam Kitty nights at the Highland Inn Ballroom not only give a platform to such burgeoning dance-pop peers as Attention System, Judi Chicago and Sealions, they also attract a much larger crowd than any of these bands could on their own. The secret lies in making each show a can't-miss event, complete with DJs, photo ops, and live visual artists. The whole thing comes to a head when Sonen's barreling techno/industrial stomp causes everyone in the room to vamp out on the dance floor. www.sonenmusic.com less...

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

The W Downtown watering hole DRINKSHOP is where you go when you're rich, beautiful or hoping to brush shoulders with either (or preferably both). The cocktails ain't cheap, and if you're hanging out here, you shouldn't be, either. The space itself is sultry and space age-y, with a glowing bar and crushedmore...
The W Downtown watering hole DRINKSHOP is where you go when you're rich, beautiful or hoping to brush shoulders with either (or preferably both). The cocktails ain't cheap, and if you're hanging out here, you shouldn't be, either. The space itself is sultry and space age-y, with a glowing bar and crushed blue velvet benches drenched in the type of intoxicating light that makes you feel woozy before even taking a sip. And oh, the cocktails. DrinkShop is the brainchild of New York cocktail master Sasha Petraske, and the bar's head mixologist, Eric Simpkins, knows what's up. We're talking house-made mixers (including ginger beer crafted from the root itself) and even artisan ice, chipped off a 150-pound block. Now that's the kind of swank worth toasting to. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404-582-5800. www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels. less...

Best Local DIY or die band BOA Award Winner

Carnivores
Since CARNIVORES released their debut LP, All Night Dead USA, the last year has taken them on a whirlwind East Coast and Midwest tour, earning them a few nods from such national tastemakers as Fader, Vice and Pitchfork. With their forthcoming sophomore album, If I'm Ancient, Carnivores are poised tomore...
Since CARNIVORES released their debut LP, All Night Dead USA, the last year has taken them on a whirlwind East Coast and Midwest tour, earning them a few nods from such national tastemakers as Fader, Vice and Pitchfork. With their forthcoming sophomore album, If I'm Ancient, Carnivores are poised to raise their profile with an album of art-damaged post-punk and avant-garde pop that rekindles the dissonance and mutant elation that defined their tangled beginnings. Capturing Carnivores' corrosive musical chemistry, If I'm Ancient shows that the group is primed for the forward march out of Atlanta and into the rest of the world. www.myspace.com/carnivoresatl less...

Best mixtape to bump in your box Chevy BOA Award Winner

Trunk Muzik
Seems like we've been heralding Gadsden, Ala., transplant Yelawolf as the next big thing since he was hood-high to a Chevy. With TRUNK MUZIK, the rest of the nation, and Interscope Records, finally took notice. 'Bout time. www.myspace.com/yelawolf

Best new kid behind the soundboard BOA Award Winner

Jonathan Rhum
A good soundman is hard to find. So when Curt Wells, the Earl's in-house man behind the board since 2007, decided it was time to move on, he left a pretty big hole to fill. While no one was looking, former Earthshaking Music salesman JONATHAN RHUM stepped in and started running sound in one seamlessmore...
A good soundman is hard to find. So when Curt Wells, the Earl's in-house man behind the board since 2007, decided it was time to move on, he left a pretty big hole to fill. While no one was looking, former Earthshaking Music salesman JONATHAN RHUM stepped in and started running sound in one seamless motion. Like Wells before him, Rhum possesses a keen ear and a guitar-playing past that gives him an ability to work the club's sound system in inventive ways. With a down-to-earth disposition, Rhum rises above the stereotype of the grumpy sound guy. And in just a few months, he's already earned a sound reputation. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. less...

Best recording studio BOA Award Winner

The Living Room
THE LIVING ROOM sits in a 104-year-old house on the Westside, where owners/engineers Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight foster a relaxed vibe that's lost in most higher-end studios. There aren't a bunch of hanger-on types looking to party or distract artists from keeping their head in the recording process.more...
THE LIVING ROOM sits in a 104-year-old house on the Westside, where owners/engineers Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight foster a relaxed vibe that's lost in most higher-end studios. There aren't a bunch of hanger-on types looking to party or distract artists from keeping their head in the recording process. Instead, there's an arsenal of vintage gear, and the staff specializes in analog sound. Rawls and McNeight have also been playing in bands and running live sound at clubs around town since the '90s, and their experience shows. In the past year, they made Zoroaster sound heavier, the Black Lips dirtier, and Noot d' Noot even funkier. The track record speaks for itself. 889 Bowen St. 404-808-1781. &emdash;www.myspace.com/livingroomstudio. less...

Best restaurant with a bar scene BOA Award Winner

Noni's Bar & Deli
"Bar" comes before "deli" in the name of this brave little establishment, and for good reason. A charming Italian restaurant in the respectable hours, a boisterous beatnik headquarters when the lights dim, NONI'S BAR & DELI has administered new life to a storied street. After two years, its hipster hangoutmore...
"Bar" comes before "deli" in the name of this brave little establishment, and for good reason. A charming Italian restaurant in the respectable hours, a boisterous beatnik headquarters when the lights dim, NONI'S BAR & DELI has administered new life to a storied street. After two years, its hipster hangout status is no longer top secret. Without TVs or video games, it's sleek and sophisticated, all while keeping a Sicilian grandmother's touch. And the Saturday night dance parties have become the sweatiest and most talked about in the city. If only grandma's cookbook called for all those PBRs and shots of Jameson. 357 Edgewood Ave. 404-343-1808 www.nonisdeli.com. less...

Best throwback soul band BOA Award Winner

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle
Egomaniacal frontmen (and women) take note. Lest there be any doubt about magnanimity in the ranks of the classy and copious SOULPHONICS & RUBY VELLE, check out the name, where the backing band gets first billing. But that's far from the only reason we think they're the best. With a towering voice andmore...
Egomaniacal frontmen (and women) take note. Lest there be any doubt about magnanimity in the ranks of the classy and copious SOULPHONICS & RUBY VELLE, check out the name, where the backing band gets first billing. But that's far from the only reason we think they're the best. With a towering voice and steady spirit, the incandescent and impossibly young Ms. Velle is the seven-member group's onstage focal point. The grooving gem of a collective applies its members' exhaustive knowledge of the last few decades of soul to the construction of one funky, devastating sound attack. Simply, it'll make you wanna move. Soulphonics' Stax-indebted music is horn-heavy, grooving, family-friendly fare, but like all good rock and soul, there's a subtle measure of sex and sorrow afoot. www.myspace.com/soulphonics less...

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

Tie: Brook at Flatiron Restaurant & Bar AND Miles Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: David at Mary's


1287 Glenwood Avenue S.E., 404-624-4411, marysatlanta.com/

Best bowling alley BOA Award Winner

Runners-up:


300 Atlanta


2175 Savoy Drive, 770-451-8605, www.threehundred.com/atlanta.html


AND


Ten Pin Alley


261 19th St. N.W., 404-872-3364, www.dolcegroup.com/


Best college crowd bar or club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Moondogs


3179 Peachtree Road N.E., 404-231-4201

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


1099 Euclid Avenue N.E., 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com/

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Cresent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com/

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


227 10th St. N.E., 404-892-5786, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com/

Best Georgia-based music blog BOA Award Winner

Ohmpark

ohmpark.com


Runner-up: Atlanta Music Guide


www.atlantamusicguide.com/

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Local


758 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-873-5002

Best Latin music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Chaparral


2715 Buford Highway, 678-568-9657, www.chaparralatlanta.net

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

www.sonenmusic.com


Runner-up: Judi Chicago


www.judichicago.com


Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bernadette Seacrest

www.bernadetteseacrest.com


Runner-up: Sara Crawford


saracrawford.net

Best place to throw a party that's not your house BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Crescent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

Best pool hall BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Independent


931 Monroe Drive N.E., 404-249-9869, www.theindependentatlanta.com/index.php

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Woofs


2425 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-869-9422, www.woofsatlanta.com/

Best Atlanta concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: U2 and Muse at the Georgia Dome


1 Georgia Dome Drive, 404-223-9200, www.gadome.com

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Social Vinings


3621 Vinings Slope S.E., 770-432-9772, www.greatfoodinc.com/Social_Vinings/Social_Vinings.html

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

Uncle Daddy and the Kissin' Cousins

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Wheeler Boys

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Double Phantom Records

www.doublephantom.com


Runner-up: Stickfigure Records


www.stickfigurerecordings.com

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Cobra Corps

Best local songwriter BOA Award Winner

Sara Crawford

www.saracrawford.net


Runner-up: Levi Lowrey


www.levilowrey.com

Best local studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Patchwerk Recording Studios


1094 Hemphill Ave., 404-874-9880, www.patchwerk.com

Best new club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Gold Room


2416 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-693-9693, www.goldroomatl.com/

Best OTP music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Darwin's


1598 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-578-6872

Best after hours or late-night spot BOA Award Winner

Clermont Lounge

Runner-up: El Bar


939 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-888-8755

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern

Runner-up: Blind Willie's


828 N. Highland Avenue N.E., 404-873-2583, www.blindwilliesblues.com/

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern

Runner-up: Lenny's Bar


486 Decatur St. S.E., 404-577-7721, www.lennysbar.com/

Best jazz club BOA Award Winner

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Runner-up: Sambuca


3102 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-237-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com/

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

Zac Brown Band

Best local international music art BOA Award Winner

A Fight to the Death

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Janelle Monae

www.jmonae.com


Runner-up: Gritz & Jelly Butter


www.myspace.com/gritzandjellybutter

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Damage Report

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Aurum Lounge


915 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-815-9426, www.aurumlounge.com/

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Earl


488 Flat Shoals Avenue S.E., 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com/

Best sex club BOA Award Winner

Trapeze

Runner-up: Flex Baths USA


76 Fourth St. N.W., 404-815-0456, www.flexbaths.com

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Pink Pony


1837 Corporate Blvd. N.E., 404-634-6396, www.showbars.com

Best trivia night BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Jack's Pizza & Wings


676 Highland Ave. N.E., 404-525-4444

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Flatiron Restaurant & Bar


520 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., 404-688-8864

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


2200 Encore Parkway, 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com/

Best place to hear music for free BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Centennial Olympic Park


265 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 404-223-4412, centennialpark.com/

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Masquerade


695 North Ave. N.E., 404-577-8178, www.masq.com

Best sign that you can't keep a good music scene down BOA Award Winner

529

Runners-up:


Eddie's Attic


515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com


AND


The Earl


488 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com

Best stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie at Clermont Lounge

twitter.com/clermontblondie


Runner-up: Anthony at Swinging Richards


1400 Northside Drive N.W., 404-352-0532, www.swingingrichards.com/

Best weekly club night BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: VIA Wednesdays


262 Pharr Road N.E., 404-214-5404, www.viarestaurant.net

Best acoustic music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Smith's Olde Bar


1578 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com/

Best band name BOA Award Winner

Pelvis Breastlies

www.pelvisbreastlies.com


Runner-up: Uncle Daddy and the Kissin Cousins


www.myspace.com/uncledaddyandthekissincousins

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Best band to outlast the after party BOA Award Winner

The Constellations
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album,more...
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album, Southern Gothic, is a sleazy, sweat-soaked rollercoaster ride into the excesses of the night, with a cast of shady characters along for the ride. Your mother might not be their biggest fan, but their lecherous ways landed them on Virgin Records and helped them score a spot opening for Snoop Dogg on stages across the country. And you know Snoop don't party with amateurs. www.theconstellationsmusic.com less...

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

Tie: Brook at Flatiron Restaurant & Bar AND Miles Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: David at Mary's


1287 Glenwood Avenue S.E., 404-624-4411, marysatlanta.com/


Best bowling alley BOA Award Winner

Runners-up:


300 Atlanta


2175 Savoy Drive, 770-451-8605, www.threehundred.com/atlanta.html


AND


Ten Pin Alley


261 19th St. N.W., 404-872-3364, www.dolcegroup.com/

Best cathartic 7-inch experience BOA Award Winner

'Georganne' (Double Phantom)
"GEORGANNE" (Double Phantom), the latest indie brat rant from the Balkans is a melodic ride where Frankie Broyles' musings on isolation bleed into a haze of lo-fi textures and dramatic ups and downs. www.myspace.com/thebalkans

Best college crowd bar or club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Moondogs


3179 Peachtree Road N.E., 404-231-4201

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


1099 Euclid Avenue N.E., 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com/

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Cresent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com/

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Back Pockets
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempfmore...
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempf leads a revolving cast of players in an all-encompassing cabaret that stands apart from Atlanta's rock 'n' roll bar scene. The sound is Of Montreal mixed with Marquis de Sade, with ramshackle musical elements unfolding alongside actors' exaggerated vignettes. The audience is armed with drumsticks, tearing down the wall between spectator and performer. Through it all, band members don face paint of jeweled shapes, clouds and flowers, taking on a feral presence that, despite its anti-pop connotations, results in songs and scenes that are compelling and catchy. www.myspace.com/thebackpockets less...

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


227 10th St. N.E., 404-892-5786, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com/

Best Georgia-based music blog BOA Award Winner

Ohmpark

ohmpark.com


Runner-up: Atlanta Music Guide


www.atlantamusicguide.com/

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Local


758 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-873-5002


Best Latin music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Chaparral


2715 Buford Highway, 678-568-9657, www.chaparralatlanta.net

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

www.sonenmusic.com


Runner-up: Judi Chicago


www.judichicago.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bernadette Seacrest

www.bernadetteseacrest.com


Runner-up: Sara Crawford


saracrawford.net

Best non-mainstream mixtape to mainline intravenously BOA Award Winner

1140: The Overdose
The aptly titled 1140: THE OVERDOSE paired Atlanta's up-from-dirt MC Pill with mixtape royalty DJ Drama in a release that is the polar opposite of everything Atlanta rap has come to represent. We deem that a good thing. www.theeducatedvillains.com

Best place to throw a party that's not your house BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Crescent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

Best pool hall BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Independent


931 Monroe Drive N.E., 404-249-9869, www.theindependentatlanta.com/index.php

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Woofs


2425 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-869-9422, www.woofsatlanta.com/

Best young punks BOA Award Winner

Ralph
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeledmore...
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeled into anything but punk rock. Of all the bands in Atlanta, Ralph keeps the lifeblood flowing through the post-Rob's House Records scene, and they do so without aping anyone's style. It's punk in its raw, Reagan-era form (Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, the Germs), meaning the band exists in a state of primordial three-chord bliss. The old-school punk ethos is all about capturing something special before it goes bust; the kids in Ralph are definitely reveling in that moment. www.myspace.com/imgonnaralph less...

Best Atlanta concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: U2 and Muse at the Georgia Dome


1 Georgia Dome Drive, 404-223-9200, www.gadome.com

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Social Vinings


3621 Vinings Slope S.E., 770-432-9772, www.greatfoodinc.com/Social_Vinings/Social_Vinings.html

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Yo! Karaoke

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

Uncle Daddy and the Kissin' Cousins

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Wheeler Boys

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Double Phantom Records

www.doublephantom.com


Runner-up: Stickfigure Records


www.stickfigurerecordings.com

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Cobra Corps

Best local songwriter BOA Award Winner

Sara Crawford

www.saracrawford.net


Runner-up: Levi Lowrey


www.levilowrey.com

Best local studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Patchwerk Recording Studios


1094 Hemphill Ave., 404-874-9880, www.patchwerk.com

Best new club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Gold Room


2416 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-693-9693, www.goldroomatl.com/

Best OTP music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Darwin's


1598 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-578-6872

Best after hours or late-night spot BOA Award Winner

Clermont Lounge

Runner-up: El Bar


939 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-888-8755

Best band to rock the casbah BOA Award Winner

Noot d' Noot
No one gets a party started quite like NOOT D' NOOT. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. The linemore...
No one gets a party started quite like NOOT D' NOOT. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. The line between artists and audience disappears when the polyrhythms take over. Noot d' Noot is all about altitude, not attitude, and regardless of gender, creed or color, the group's songs always speak in tongues. www.myspace.com/nootdnoot less...

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern

Runner-up: Blind Willie's


828 N. Highland Avenue N.E., 404-873-2583, www.blindwilliesblues.com/

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern

Runner-up: Lenny's Bar


486 Decatur St. S.E., 404-577-7721, www.lennysbar.com/

Best DJ to free your soul BOA Award Winner

DJ Kemit
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to globalmore...
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to global soul, and his breakbeat production work as one-half of KemeticJust is world-renowned. But locals love him for more selfish reasons. In the last year, his Atlanta rotation has grown to include residencies at the Sound Table, Halo, and, of course, his monthly Spread Love dance parties at 595 North, where the ancestral funk he spins is so thick, you'll lose your mind trying to find your soul. www.experiencespreadlove.com less...

Best jazz club BOA Award Winner

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe

Runner-up: Sambuca


3102 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-237-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com/

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

Zac Brown Band

Best local international music art BOA Award Winner

A Fight to the Death

Best Local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Zoroaster

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Janelle Monae

www.jmonae.com


Runner-up: Gritz & Jelly Butter


www.myspace.com/gritzandjellybutter

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Damage Report

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Aurum Lounge


915 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-815-9426, www.aurumlounge.com/

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