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2007 Index of Winners

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Deerhunter

Best Local Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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Jeff Evans, AKA Chicken & Pigs
JEFF EVANS, AKA CHICKENS & PIGS, can keep a room wrapped around his little finger by way of his epic, self-effacing tales of hard luck with happy-go-lucky charm. At each and every performance, listeners chuckle on the edge of their seats and wonder: How much more fun can this get? Evans’ lankymore...

JEFF EVANS, AKA CHICKENS & PIGS, can keep a room wrapped around his little finger by way of his epic, self-effacing tales of hard luck with happy-go-lucky charm. At each and every performance, listeners chuckle on the edge of their seats and wonder: How much more fun can this get? Evans’ lanky presence and limber strum and bark come across like an unholy hybrid of Keith Richards and Captain Kangaroo. His songs are obsessed with food and animals, and usually cover both in each go-around. The more frantically he plays, the more mistakes he makes. But he rolls with them in the most endearing ways. The ramshackle pace of his songs, coupled with his “aw shucks” rural humor is as compelling as it is hilarious.


www.myspace.com/chickensandpigs

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Best Local Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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Rising Appalachia

Best Local Hip-hop Act That's Not OutKast BOA Award Winner

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Supreeme
This category could be titled “best local hip-hop act since OutKast.” SUPREEME is that good and that original — which is something that has been missing among Atlanta’s snappers and trappers for several years. Negashi Armada, King Self and Tom Cruz, aka Dope Pope,more...

This category could be titled “best local hip-hop act since OutKast.” SUPREEME is that good and that original — which is something that has been missing among Atlanta’s snappers and trappers for several years. Negashi Armada, King Self and Tom Cruz, aka Dope Pope, call themselves Supreeme because they’re arrogant little bastards. And they’ll take that as a compliment. With a lyrical style steeped in ‘80s-era braggadocio and in-house production that sounds more worldly than Southern, it’s no surprise that many of the group’s biggest fans live out of state. The former Grady High School classmates recently issued a mixtape, American Badass, while putting the finishing touches on a sophomore release. Word is the group’s label, Warner Brothers, is already digging the output. Hopefully the trio will let it go to their heads.


www.myspace.com/supreemesupreeme

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Best Local Hip-Hop Act that's Not Outkast BOA Award Winner

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T.I.

Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Snowden
If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig on time, doesn’t cause any problems, draws a capacity audience and puts on a great show. The same could be said of its music. On the band’smore...

If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig on time, doesn’t cause any problems, draws a capacity audience and puts on a great show. The same could be said of its music. On the band’s 2005 full-length Anti-Anti, the music sounds tight and efficient, producing a wintry atmosphere that revolves around melancholy group leader Jordan Jeffares’ voice without dwelling in it. Despite their economy, the songs are full of odd little twists, from the way Jeffares sings almost haltingly to the fact that many don’t have identifiable choruses. Unlike many of Atlanta’s underground rock bands, Snowden doesn’t try to make a spectacle to get attention. It’s quietly subversive.


www.snowden.info

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Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Snowden

Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Ike Stubblefield
There’s a story about IKE STUBBLEFIELD when he was 15 years old and doing his first session with the Motown studio band. He knocked over an expensive microphone and made a general nuisance of himself. Afterward, he piled into a car with the other musicians on a cold January day in the middlemore...

There’s a story about IKE STUBBLEFIELD when he was 15 years old and doing his first session with the Motown studio band. He knocked over an expensive microphone and made a general nuisance of himself. Afterward, he piled into a car with the other musicians on a cold January day in the middle of a snowstorm. Somewhere on the interstate, the musicians stopped and deposited Stubblefield on the side of the road. “We’ll come back to get you when you’re ready to behave in the studio,” someone told him. Stubblefield apparently got it right, because he went on to play with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. Since moving to Atlanta in 2001, he’s established himself as the premier Hammond B-3 organist in the city, with a sound that comes right out of the church. Expect a solo album, with an all-star cast, this fall.


www.myspace.com/ikestubblefieldmusic

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Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Dixie Duncan

Best Local International Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Miguel Romero

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

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The Jaspects
The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latestmore...

The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latest release, Double Consciousness, expands jazz possibilities for a new generation of listeners while simultaneously appeasing older jazz heads. Leave it up to a band of Morehouse graduates to funk up a history lesson.


www.jaspects.com

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

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Joe Gransden

Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

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Rob's House Records
When Vice magazine came from New York to report on the hottest bands in Atlanta, what label did it seek out? ROB’S HOUSE RECORDS — all because of it’s unyielding dedication to putting Atlanta punk and indie rock on the national map. With 28 7-inch releases under its belt, themore...

When Vice magazine came from New York to report on the hottest bands in Atlanta, what label did it seek out? ROB’S HOUSE RECORDS — all because of it’s unyielding dedication to putting Atlanta punk and indie rock on the national map. With 28 7-inch releases under its belt, the label has watched the Black Lips and Deerhunter receive national attention in droves; all the while it has worked diligently to maintain the scene at home. The label shoulders promotion, booking and distribution for its releases. But most importantly, it has hosted 15 free house shows in the last year and a half — all with free beer. Never once has Rob’s House charged anyone anything to hang out and see the best bands in town. That’s Southern hospitality at its finest.


www.robshouserecords.com

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Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

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Rob's House Records

Best Local Mainstream Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Dear Enemy

Best Local MixTape DJ BOA Award Winner

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Drama
No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don Cannon were busted by local authorities (in conjunction with the RIAA) in January, DJ Drama’s mixtapes had grown so popular that the best installmentsmore...

No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don Cannon were busted by local authorities (in conjunction with the RIAA) in January, DJ Drama’s mixtapes had grown so popular that the best installments — particularly his Dedication 2 edition with buzzy rap star Lil Wayne — drew serious critical analysis in newspapers and magazines. Months after the raid, which made national headlines, DJ Drama quietly began pressing up mixtapes again. The difference is his recent mixtapes, such as American Gangsta Part 2: Hood Nigga Diaries featuring Gorilla Zoe, are approved and released in conjunction with the artist’s label, Block Entertainment. Still a player in the game, it’s hard to foresee anyone else having DJ Drama’s unique impact.


www.gangstagrillz.com

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

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The Coathangers
THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable,more...

THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable, aggressive and charmingly naive. At any time there are at least a dozen upcoming shows posted on the group’s Myspace page, and its performances are never less than explosive. The Coathangers work hard and play hard. And having fun while playing music is the bottom line. If you’re offended by such signature (and juvenile) songs as “Nestle in My Boobies” and “Shut the Fuck Up,” then maybe it’s time for you to lighten up.


www.myspace.com/fuckthecoathangers

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Crazy Anglos

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Deerhunter
It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambitionmore...

It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambition and adventurous ideas than the Perimeter could contain. Where there was once erratic experimentation, primordial noise and lo-fi pop sensibilities, there is now order in the group’s songs — albeit the avant-garde variety, swimming in overdriven tones and distortion. And as the harbinger of cool culture, PitchforkMedia.com, trips over its own tongue to report Deerhunter’s every move, the rest of the country and beyond has learned what we already know: This music is world-class.


www.myspace.com/deerhunter

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Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Dear Enemy

Best Local Pop Band BOA Award Winner

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One Hand Loves the Other
There are dozens of musical categories that could easily depict ONE HAND LOVES THE OTHER’s many faces. Electronic, R&B, modern classical and experimental music all come to mind. But it’s the group’s ability to blend them all into a seamless pop tapestry that makes it standmore...

There are dozens of musical categories that could easily depict ONE HAND LOVES THE OTHER’s many faces. Electronic, R&B, modern classical and experimental music all come to mind. But it’s the group’s ability to blend them all into a seamless pop tapestry that makes it stand out in Atlanta’s alternative music scene. On the group’s self-titled debut CD, vocalist Lou Rodriguez’s dramatic croon billows with dark passion over a deluge of strings and electronic textures. The marriage of laptop precision to the warm, natural tones that emanate from cello and violin strings tussles between red-blooded desire and sparse musical arrangements. Not only is OHLtO’s debut captivating, it introduces to the Atlanta music scene a remarkable new talent — one that has much more to offer.


www.myspace.com/onehandlovestheother

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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Randy Castello and Tight Bros. Network
The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually found watching the door at the shows he books. And afterward he’s the first one to get the partymore...

The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually found watching the door at the shows he books. And afterward he’s the first one to get the party started with the out-of-town bands. Castello is the winner in this category for the second year in a row because he has a knack for booking cutting-edge underground punk, hip-hop and indie-rock acts to Atlanta — the ones that many Atlanta clubs would pass over — and he’s not afraid to invite newcomers to open his shows. Of Montreal, Prefuse 73, Deerhunter and the Black Lips were all part of the Tight Bros. canon long before anybody else ever heard of them. For that, Atlanta benefits greatly from his presence.


www.tightbros.net

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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

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Preston Craig

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

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Rahbi

Best Local Recording Studio BOA Award Winner

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Tree Sound Studios
treesoundstudios.com

Best Local Record Producer BOA Award Winner

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Aldrin "DJ" Toomp
Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His fingerprints adorn hits by Young Jeezy (“I Luv It”) and Kanye West (“Can’tmore...

Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His fingerprints adorn hits by Young Jeezy (“I Luv It”) and Kanye West (“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”), and his distinctive, orchestral keyboard sound has become a trademark. It’s the unlikeliest of triumphs for a man who got his start back in the ‘80s making bass tracks for MC Shy D. Who could have predicted that, nearly two decades later, he would be poised to become an ATL beat king as ubiquitous as Lil Jon and Organized Noize?


www.myspace.com/djtoomp

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Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

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JuJu B. Solomon
Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To his friends he is Benjamin, but on stage “JuJu” takes over as his songs wander through a whimsical terrain of ennuimore...

Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To his friends he is Benjamin, but on stage “JuJu” takes over as his songs wander through a whimsical terrain of ennui and sexual discovery tamed only by a unique sense of humor. His rich tales reveal much about his personality; in “The Only American in Coimbatore,” he combs through the intimate and emotional exploits of an American making sense of the peculiar ways of social life in India. His songs bend the boundaries of comfort, but that’s what makes them so alluring.


www.myspace.com/jujubsolomon

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Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Kelly Love Jones

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Bryan Kraatz

Best Mixtape DJ BOA Award Winner

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DJ Drama

Best Music Video Shot in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Mastodon's "Colony of Birchmen"
The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the quartet performs in front of a trickling waterfall. As the band howls and swings its instruments, deepmore...
The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the quartet performs in front of a trickling waterfall. As the band howls and swings its instruments, deep primary colors frame its image. Near the end of the clip, a series of animations appear: wolves decapitating each other and a mountain melting into a pool of blood. “Colony of Birchmen” was partly shot in Stone Mountain, and the band’s performance scene was filmed in a cove at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga. But the sum of its images is more interesting than most Atlanta rap videos with their litany of whips and chicks. less...

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Best Old-School Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

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Diamond Lil
Atlanta is truly lucky to have DIAMOND LIL in our midst. Of all the female illusionists who’ve graced the stages of the clubs and after-hours gin joints in this fair city, let’s face it: She’s the queen. Lil is the only one who has withstood the test of time. Old-timers remembermore...
Atlanta is truly lucky to have DIAMOND LIL in our midst. Of all the female illusionists who’ve graced the stages of the clubs and after-hours gin joints in this fair city, let’s face it: She’s the queen. Lil is the only one who has withstood the test of time. Old-timers remember the days when she only played at the hippest rock clubs in the ’70s and ’80s. The majority of the gender-bending, wigged-out and falsified flock of she-gulls in the scene merely lip-sync and strut. Diamond Lil has actual songs and two albums to her credit. She’s not a drag at all; she’s a rare and fair lady. And she’s so old-school, she doesn’t even have a website. less...

Best OTP Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Swayze's

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records
For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but it is a pretty tight spot to get a sunburn and a free beer while watching some bands play. Where else can you hang out with a colorful mishmashmore...
For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but it is a pretty tight spot to get a sunburn and a free beer while watching some bands play. Where else can you hang out with a colorful mishmash of folks while watching such bands as Mastodon, the Black Lips, Charles Walker and the Dynamites, and the Coathangers? Look to your left and you’re flanked by street people with names like Bones and Ronnie. Look to your right and you’ll see the lovely ladies from Aurora Coffee, Abbadabbas and everywhere else in L5P. And they’re all just chilling, listening to music with whomever else is passing by. less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best Place for a Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

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Taqueria Del Sol

Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

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Real Chow Baby

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

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Lenny's Bar
Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the “CBGB’S of Atlanta.” Despite the new location, the floor is still scuffed and dirty, the music is loud, and the PBRmore...
Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the “CBGB’S of Atlanta.” Despite the new location, the floor is still scuffed and dirty, the music is loud, and the PBR is always flowing. The rock ’n’ roll venue has doggedly stuck to a slate of local bands, from new prospects to such local kingpins as the Carbonas and Brass Castle. And it always kicks off the weekend with the raucous and drunken Trashed Friday night dance party. Now settled into its bigger building, Lenny’s crowd has the room to do what it does best — get drunk, loud and rowdy. less...

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Best Place to Hear Music for Free BOA Award Winner

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Aurora Coffee
Ah, we love those beans and beats. Want some music with that coffee concoction? The best place to hear music for free these days is at two very different, yet equally appealing, locations of AURORA COFFEE. A cool ’60s feel permeates the proceedings, no matter what sort of music is playing. Harkeningmore...
Ah, we love those beans and beats. Want some music with that coffee concoction? The best place to hear music for free these days is at two very different, yet equally appealing, locations of AURORA COFFEE. A cool ’60s feel permeates the proceedings, no matter what sort of music is playing. Harkening back to the days of bongos and finger-snapping beatniks, the audience usually pays rapt attention and the performers repay the respect in kind, with heartfelt, often unique versions of their repertoire. At the Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland locations, bands play acoustically, though there’s the occasional deviation from that norm. Either way, the air is filled with — sorry, we couldn’t resist — rhythm and brews. Drink it all in. less...

Best Place to Hear Music for Free BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Barley's Sports Bar and Lounge
Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music venue with a 22-table pool room. An easygoing location with a pleasant, neighborhood vibe, the sturdy tables offer pockets of competitivemore...
Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music venue with a 22-table pool room. An easygoing location with a pleasant, neighborhood vibe, the sturdy tables offer pockets of competitive fun. Let’s hope the charm of Barley’s remains the same as the surrounding area continues to morph daily. Rack ’em up, Joe, and stay awhile. less...

Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

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Twain's Brewpub & Billiards

Best Radio Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

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Miss Sophia
Radio was the last thing on MISS SOPHIA’s mind when the cross-dressing comedian moved here from Houston to further her stage career. But since taking over the entertainment-report duties on V-103’s “Frank and Wanda Morning Show,” she has become a show staple and amore...

Radio was the last thing on MISS SOPHIA’s mind when the cross-dressing comedian moved here from Houston to further her stage career. But since taking over the entertainment-report duties on V-103’s “Frank and Wanda Morning Show,” she has become a show staple and a listener favorite. Her trademark “Girl Talk” is full of brash, balls-to-the-wall humor and unruly commentary. She gets away with saying things other people can’t — even when the people she’s saying those things about are the sacred cows of Atlanta’s entertainment community. Far from a traditional drag queen, Miss Sophia’s intent isn’t to fool you with her cheap wigs and ill-fitting church-lady dresses. Rather, she’s out to make you laugh — with her or at her. Just don’t have too much fun at her expense, because Miss Sophia always gets the last laugh.


www.sophiamcintosh.com

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Best Redneck Bar BOA Award Winner

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Cowboys

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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The Earl
For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backedmore...
For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backed by the Black Lips), Mission of Burma, the Fiery Furnaces and the National. Show booker Patrick Hill keeps things professional, while the crowd cuts loose. It’s the perfect blend of rock ’n’ roll. less...

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Best Rock Club that Closed BOA Award Winner

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ISP
RIP stands for rest in peace, and ISP stands for Industrial Strength Promo. ISP was like an open-till-whenever convenience store for edgy music, art and activism. The unassuming storefront location was started more than a year ago by former Athenians Eric Holder and Justin Sias to serve as a communalmore...

RIP stands for rest in peace, and ISP stands for Industrial Strength Promo. ISP was like an open-till-whenever convenience store for edgy music, art and activism. The unassuming storefront location was started more than a year ago by former Athenians Eric Holder and Justin Sias to serve as a communal hub for all things noncommercial. You didn’t see any overhyped, overpriced Live Nation Presents-type concerts here. And for that promise alone, we loved the place. In many ways, it’s like the Earl’s little brother has passed away just as it was making a local name for itself with an impressive list of unconventional performers and clever, attention-getting stunts — remember the great tour-bus race? RIP, ISP. We’ll miss you.


494 Flat Shoals Ave. www.industrialstrengthpromo.com

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