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After Dark

When it comes to music and nightlife, Creative Loafing readers are about as divided as an Alaskan moose hunter. at an Obama rally. As a result, seven out of 57 After Dark categories resulted in dead heats. Unfortunately, there were no hanging chads to quibble over — music writer Chad Radford notwithstanding. Instead, he and the rest of our esteemed critics opted to muck up the process even more by adding our picks to the election debacle. So whether you voted for the Black Lips or the Selmanaires (local overall music act); Pop Death Squad or Tight Bros. (local promoter); or Charlie Brown or Mary Edith Pitts (drag queen), rest assured that your vote was ignored by we the critics. Because, after all, that's what this great nation of ours was founded upon — giving citizens the illusion that democracy matters. God bless America.

– Rodney Carmichael

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

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Clermont Lounge

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

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Blondie (Clermont Lounge)

Best Urban-Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Cenci

Best Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse

Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse

Best Weekly Night Club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse

DARK HORSE: Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Zoroaster

FAVORITE DAUGHTER: Best Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Janelle Monae

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

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Sugarhill
"Harpo, this here is our juke joint!" Like a scene straight out of The Color Purple, SUGARHILL stands as Atlanta's contemporary juke joint. It's dark, sexy and laid-back, with plenty of local soul bouncing from the stage. The intimate scene allows you to get up close and personal with the artists, whilemore...
"Harpo, this here is our juke joint!" Like a scene straight out of The Color Purple, SUGARHILL stands as Atlanta's contemporary juke joint. It's dark, sexy and laid-back, with plenty of local soul bouncing from the stage. The intimate scene allows you to get up close and personal with the artists, while you cozy up next to that special someone. Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth for homegrown R&B/soul, Sugarhill is addictive. The weekly Tuesday Jam session, hosted by Joi with DJ Kemit, is full of surprises - you never know who might hit the stage, from the soulful sounds of Eva Kennedy and Phillipia to the hard-hitting hip-hop of Malachi and Hollyweerd. Since it's located in Underground Atlanta, it stays open until 4 a.m., which causes me to be late to work almost every Wednesday. 50 Upper Alabama St. 404-658-0068. www.sugarhillatl.com. less...

Best hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

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Lee Harvey Oswald
LEE HARVEY OSWALD is a ski-mask-wearing, blazer-sporting hip-hop act with two DJs who mix it up on the tables while MCs take turns at the microphone, letting loose funky verses. Top it off with a pair of busty, wriggling lady dancers and you've got yourself one salacious show. The members, the lyrics,more...
LEE HARVEY OSWALD is a ski-mask-wearing, blazer-sporting hip-hop act with two DJs who mix it up on the tables while MCs take turns at the microphone, letting loose funky verses. Top it off with a pair of busty, wriggling lady dancers and you've got yourself one salacious show. The members, the lyrics, the beats - they all deliver a hard, almost tangible punch right in the middle of your chest. Imagine the Beastie Boys, circa 1984, with a little more street cred. Mix old-school energy with turntablism and eye candy, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is where it's at. www.myspace.com/misterleeharvey. less...

Best Lounge BOA Award Winner

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Highland Inn Ballroom
The HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM is the quintessential lounge. The high tin ceilings, stucco walls, wide hallways and doors cue thoughts of a midcentury Parisian cafe, while the dim lighting, ample seating and slinky tunes impart that old familiar cool. Best of all, there's rarely a lack of conversation andmore...
The HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM is the quintessential lounge. The high tin ceilings, stucco walls, wide hallways and doors cue thoughts of a midcentury Parisian cafe, while the dim lighting, ample seating and slinky tunes impart that old familiar cool. Best of all, there's rarely a lack of conversation and companionship. The Highland Inn draws no shortage of waylaid travelers who wander in, drawn to the relaxed atmosphere. Bands and DJs entertain with a vibe as eclectic as the guests. Retro-rare, country, jazz, experimental ballin' and blues take center stage on any given evening. The most recent jewel in the Inn's royal crown is the monthly Fringe Factory. Whatever patrons seek - a quiet evening off the radar or a full-on hipster crush - it's hard to disagree, the Highland Inn Ballroom is Atlanta lounge nobility. 644 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-5756. www.thehighlandinn.com. less...

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

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Brick Store Pub
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com. Atlanta is lucky to enjoy many great local beers and restaurants featuring a wide variety of brews. But nothing compares to the amazing experience at the BRICK STORE PUB in Decatur. The atmosphere of the pub, its large selection of beermore...
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com. Atlanta is lucky to enjoy many great local beers and restaurants featuring a wide variety of brews. But nothing compares to the amazing experience at the BRICK STORE PUB in Decatur. The atmosphere of the pub, its large selection of beer from all over the world, and the thorough knowledge of all the employees make the Brick Store stand out. Filled with the smell of delicious beer, the pub is welcoming to everyone, from the connoisseur to the novice. Nowhere else can one enjoy as many Belgian varieties. Whether it's a local beer from Georgia, a microbrew from Colorado, or a traditional Belgian or German ale, the staff is always willing to help people choose something that fits their taste. But be warned: The selection is limited to what many (including this writer) consider to be higher-quality beer, so no Bud, Miller or Coors. less...

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