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

Year » 2010
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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 acoustic music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Eddie's Attic (Featured)

Runner-up: Smith's Olde Bar


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

Best after hours or late-night spot BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Clermont Lounge (Featured)

Runner-up: El Bar


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

Best Atlanta concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Piedmont Park (Featured)

Runner-up: U2 and Muse at the Georgia Dome


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

Best band name BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Pelvis Breastlies

www.pelvisbreastlies.com


Runner-up: Uncle Daddy and the Kissin Cousins


www.myspace.com/uncledaddyandthekissincousins

Best band that broke up in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Despised AND The Judies

Best band to outlast the after party BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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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 band to rock the casbah BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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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 bar for electronic/DJ music BOA Award Winner

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the Sound Table (Permanently Closed)

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

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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 bar to hook up BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Graveyard Tavern (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


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

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Northside Tavern (Featured)

Runner-up: Blind Willie's


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

Best bowling alley BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Midtown Bowl (Featured)

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 burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

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Blast-Off Burlesque

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

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Blast-Off Burlesque

Best cathartic 7-inch experience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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'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 club event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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D'jango Kitchen and Saloon (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Laserbeam Kitty


644 N. Highland Avenue N.E., 404-874-5756, www.thehighlandinn.com

Best college crowd bar or club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Opera Nightclub (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Moondogs


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

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


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

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Johnny's Hideaway

Runner-up: Social Vinings


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

Best country music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Sodajerk

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

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Wild Bill Wholesale (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Cowboy's


1750 N. Roberts Road N.W., 770-426-5006, www.cowboysatl.com/

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

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Yacht Rock Revue

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Runner-up: Opera


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

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Northside Tavern (Featured)

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

Year » 2010
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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 drag queen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Dax Exclamationpoint

Best electronic act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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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 excuse to get drunk with your dad BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Yacht Rock Revue

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

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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

Year » 2010
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Mary's (Featured)

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


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

Best gay strip club BOA Award Winner

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Swinging Richards (Featured)

Best gay-themed night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Mary's (Featured)

Runner-up: VIP Parties at Blake's on the Park


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

Best Georgia-based music blog BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Ohmpark

ohmpark.com


Runner-up: Atlanta Music Guide


www.atlantamusicguide.com/

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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DrinkShop
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 hotel bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Whiskey Blue

Runner-up: Whiskey Park at W Hotel Midtown


188 14th St. N.E., 404-892-6000, www.starwoodhotels.com

Best jazz club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Sambuca


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

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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The Righteous Room (Featured)

Runner-up: The Local


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

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Yo! Karaoke

Best karaoke night BOA Award Winner

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Mary's (Featured)

Runner-up: The Star Community Bar


437 Moreland Ave. N.E., www.starbar.net

Best Latin music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Loca Luna

Runner-up: Chaparral


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

Best lesbian bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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MSR My Sisters Room

Runner-up: Bellissima


www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

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Breeze Kings

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

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Zac Brown Band

Best Local DIY or die band BOA Award Winner

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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 local DJ BOA Award Winner

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DJ Megan Foxx

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

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Sonen

www.sonenmusic.com


Runner-up: Judi Chicago


www.judichicago.com

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Lyonnais

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

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Uncle Daddy and the Kissin' Cousins

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

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Wheeler Boys


 

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