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Best of Atlanta 2015 After Dark

 

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After Dark

When the Roman Empire was about to come crashing down, a time of great decadence swept over the land. Humanity was on the frontline of a major cultural shift, and the collective subconscious seemed well aware of the changes at hand. It was party time. Food culture was embraced — even worshiped by the people. Wine festivals, music, theater, dance, and all the creature comforts that come along with a night on the town in the shadow of imminent collapse were in great abundance.

There are many parallels that can be drawn between Rome at its end and Atlanta in 2015. The live/work/play blitzkrieg continues reshaping our surroundings with banal and monolithic condo-lofts springing up at seemingly every intersection. Our musical institutions are being dispatched with impunity. The Southern charm and haunted character of Atlanta’s well-worn facade is drying up. And like Emperor Nero tuning his violin, the city’s nightlife understands that time for change has come, and, once again, it’s party time. But with every end comes a new beginning. This year saw the phoenix-like rise of long-percolating hip-hop superstar Future’s latest album, Dirty Sprite 2. CL’s winner for Best overall music act earned Billboard’s No. 1 slot upon the album’s release, forging the soundtrack to our deliverance and illuminating a city bent on refining and diversifying in the face of opposition. Album of the year, Run the Jewels II follows suit with teeth-gnashing underground hip-hop gravitas.

Artists such as thrash-metal band Sadistic Ritual, ’80s hardcore revivalists Nurse, and electronic music innovator HXV have all raised the standards in their fields, casting off malaise and challenging their peers to work toward a stronger scene in the future.

Our Best hostess with the mostess, Brigitte Bidet, is an ambassador embracing the aesthetics of the avant-garde and queer arts with a sense of fortitude that Atlanta hasn’t seen since Ru Paul was perfecting her strut along Moreland Avenue in the Reagan era.

From the appearance of cutting-edge music venues from Aisle 5 in Little Five Points to the scrappy spirit of the Cleaners finding new life in Lakewood Heights, intown gentrification means it’s time to re-examine how the city works, and to work around the oppressive forces that pushed us toward a life immersed in the arts, music, and nightlife in the first place. These things are the heart and soul of our city. Rather than flee while the familiar façade crumbles, Atlanta has amassed an army and a burgeoning infrastructure that’s ready to meet a new era of change head-on. Indeed, a renaissance is at hand.

— Chad Radford, Music Editor

Best album BOA Award Winner

Run the Jewels II

Best overall musical act BOA Award Winner

Future

Spin City: Best anthems for the common man BOA Award Winner

Working Class Music

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Bear Kids Recordings

Best musical shaman BOA Award Winner

Lonnie Holley

Democratic Lore: Best cornerstone for East Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made itmore...
Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made it the go-to for locals and out-of-towners alike. This place has character in spades, from the walls lined with old-school clutter to the hardworking staff. less...

Democratic Lore: Best Southern honky-tonk experience BOA Award Winner

Southern-Comfort Restaurant and Lounge

Best band to push Atlanta's boundaries BOA Award Winner

Faun and a Pan Flute

Best electronic act BOA Award Winner

Heroes x Villains

Best hostess with the mostess BOA Award Winner

Brigitte Bidet

Spin City: Best reason to blow up the soundsystem BOA Award Winner

Tomahawk Chop Squad
Tomahawk Chop Squad is an experimental crew. Featuring 14-plus affiliated members, Taste Tester, HYDRABADD, Personal Trainer DJ, and the rest of TCS are on the come up with a blend of rap, mutant electronic soundscapes, EDM, and bass swells that resonate in the furthest reaches of Atlanta music wheremore...
Tomahawk Chop Squad is an experimental crew. Featuring 14-plus affiliated members, Taste Tester, HYDRABADD, Personal Trainer DJ, and the rest of TCS are on the come up with a blend of rap, mutant electronic soundscapes, EDM, and bass swells that resonate in the furthest reaches of Atlanta music where hip-hop and electronic music collide. soundcloud.com/tomahawk-chop-squad. less...

Best Atlanta legacy artist BOA Award Winner

Glenn Phillips

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

Cave Bat

Best hip-hop innovator BOA Award Winner

Father

Best instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Ben Davis

Best vocalist BOA Award Winner

Marshall Ruffin

Best live band BOA Award Winner

Dot.s

Best metal band BOA Award Winner

Sadistic Ritual


Best bouncer BOA Award Winner

B12

Best burlesque BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

Wild Bills

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

Yacht Rock Revue

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

The Breeze Kings

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best Local electronic act BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

"What" by Ralph&Louie

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Best bluegrass act BOA Award Winner

The Whiskey Gentry

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

Best local classical music act BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Best Local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Jungol
jungol.net

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Joe Gransden

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Block Society

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Speakeasy promotions
speakeasypromo.net

Best mixtape BOA Award Winner

Young Thug's Barter 6 AND Future's 56 Nights

Best nightlife event BOA Award Winner

WERC Crew's VIBES

Best live act BOA Award Winner

Sneaky Hand

Best local act BOA Award Winner

Blood on the Harp

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Mighty High Coup

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

Crib Notes
clatl.com/cribnotes

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic
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Best album BOA Award Winner

Run the Jewels II

Best bouncer BOA Award Winner

B12

Best burlesque BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

Wild Bills

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

Yacht Rock Revue

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

The Breeze Kings

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best Local electronic act BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

"What" by Ralph&Louie

Best overall musical act BOA Award Winner

Future

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Spin City: Best anthems for the common man BOA Award Winner

Working Class Music

Best bluegrass act BOA Award Winner

The Whiskey Gentry

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

Best local classical music act BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Best Local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Jungol
jungol.net

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Joe Gransden

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Bear Kids Recordings

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Block Society

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Speakeasy promotions
speakeasypromo.net

Best mixtape BOA Award Winner

Young Thug's Barter 6 AND Future's 56 Nights

Best musical shaman BOA Award Winner

Lonnie Holley

Best nightlife event BOA Award Winner

WERC Crew's VIBES

Democratic Lore: Best cornerstone for East Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made itmore...
Had the the Earl not opened and become a bedrock local music hangout, bar, and restaurant on a once forgotten stretch of Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village might not be the thriving nightlife district it is today. Its formula combining top tier pub grub, PBR tallboys, and indie music has made it the go-to for locals and out-of-towners alike. This place has character in spades, from the walls lined with old-school clutter to the hardworking staff. less...

Democratic Lore: Best Southern honky-tonk experience BOA Award Winner

Southern-Comfort Restaurant and Lounge

Guest Critic: DJ Jelly BOA Award Winner

Atlanta hip-hop elder statesman on the changing cultural landscape and the need for better public transportation

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