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2012 Index of Winners

Architects of the Atlanta sound BOA Award Winner

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Organized Noize

Atlanta's longest-running nonstop dance-or-be-damned party BOA Award Winner

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Backstreet Atlanta
For 30 years, Backstreet Atlanta was the city's best-known all-hours nightclub. More than a gay disco, it was a landmark of Atlanta's sanctified underbelly and a queer haven where the performing drag queens of Charlie Brown's Cabaret reveled in giving straight patrons a reason to blush. Even before themore...
For 30 years, Backstreet Atlanta was the city's best-known all-hours nightclub. More than a gay disco, it was a landmark of Atlanta's sanctified underbelly and a queer haven where the performing drag queens of Charlie Brown's Cabaret reveled in giving straight patrons a reason to blush. Even before the city began its nightlife crackdown near the turn of the millennium, Backstreet served as an after-hours respite for late-night lurkers and off-the-clock bar workers after regular clubs stopped the music. But in 2004, the danceteria that never shut its doors did just that when sibling owners Vicki and Henry Vara ended their hard-fought legal battle against encroaching city legislators, stiffer liquor licensing laws, and a gentrifying Midtown constituency. Though the club at 845 Peachtree St. has been closed for eight years, Backstreet lives on as a symbolic reminder of the once-vibrant nightlife scene and celebrated subculture Atlanta lost in its rush to normalcy. less...

Atlanta's original avant guardians BOA Award Winner

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Hampton Grease Band

Best acoustic music club BOA Award Winner

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Eddie's Attic (Featured)

Best after hours or late-night spot BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best artist overall BOA Award Winner

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Killer Mike

Best Atlanta-based music blog BOA Award Winner

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Maurice Garland
Name-dropping Southern hip-hop has become something of a hipster commodity on a national level in recent years, but nobody covers the music and the scene as thoroughly as Atlanta's own Maurice Garland. With his self-titled blog, Garland is not only the undisputed authority on rap south of the Mason-Dixon,more...
Name-dropping Southern hip-hop has become something of a hipster commodity on a national level in recent years, but nobody covers the music and the scene as thoroughly as Atlanta's own Maurice Garland. With his self-titled blog, Garland is not only the undisputed authority on rap south of the Mason-Dixon, his well-curated mix of new music, interviews, commentary, and music criticism has elevated him a level above tastemaker to cultural guardian. When Killer Mike decided to title his new album R.A.P. Music, it was in reaction to Garland Tweeting his thoughts about the state of "Rebellious African People's" music. Has anyone ever named an album after one of your Tweets? www.mauricegarland.com. less...

Best band name BOA Award Winner

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The Sexual Side Effects

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

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The Shelter (Permanently Closed)

Best bar to hook up BOA Award Winner

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Graveyard Tavern (Permanently Closed)

Best beatmaker-turned-boss BOA Award Winner

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Mike Will Made It

Best blues album BOA Award Winner

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Black Cat Oil
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out ofmore...
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out of the humid Southern air. The album reveals its strengths through a series of dark and downtrodden tales that walk hand-in-hand with a molasses rhythm section on such songs as "Down & Dirty," "Wishbone," and "Neon Jesus." Aside from a cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines," Black Cat teems with captivating originals, which is a rare treat for blues music in the modern era. With a combination of experience, passion, and songwriting prowess, Delta Moon has churned out a round of songs that are screaming to become standards marveled by future generations. www.deltamoon.com. less...

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

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Northside Tavern (Featured)

Best bowling alley BOA Award Winner

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Midtown Bowl (Featured)

Best burlesque troupe BOA Award Winner

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Blast-Off Burlesque

Best college bar or club BOA Award Winner

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QUAD @ Spring4th Complex (Permanently Closed)

Best concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

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Music Midtown

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

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Tabernacle

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

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Johnny's Hideaway

Best country music act BOA Award Winner

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Blackberry Smoke

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

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Wild Bill Wholesale (Permanently Closed)

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

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Yacht Rock Revue

Best creepy new band BOA Award Winner

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deadCAT

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

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QUAD @ Spring4th Complex (Permanently Closed)

Best debut performance BOA Award Winner

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Night Sun
Back in November 2011, Black Lips singer/guitarist Cole Alexander and former Cee Lo Green collaborator Curtis Harding unveiled their spooky, low-fi soul project Night Sun with a show at 529 on an unseasonably balmy Tuesday night. Those who squeezed into the packed club experienced a spectral collisionmore...
Back in November 2011, Black Lips singer/guitarist Cole Alexander and former Cee Lo Green collaborator Curtis Harding unveiled their spooky, low-fi soul project Night Sun with a show at 529 on an unseasonably balmy Tuesday night. Those who squeezed into the packed club experienced a spectral collision of Southern soul and garage rock. For months, both Cole and Curtis had been talking about the "other project" they'd been kicking around. And when they took the stage that night, Cole's grinding swamp melodies and Harding's soulful wail cut through the stifling clouds of smoke and sweat that hung heavy in the air. With a slow and bluesy punch they created a mystique that, to this day, comes up in conversations at the bar. It was a helluva first impression. less...

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

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The Shelter (Permanently Closed)

Best DJ for a drunken sing-along BOA Award Winner

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Sofa King Evil
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder. Two Saturdays each month,more...
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder. Two Saturdays each month, he loosens up the MJQ crowd with his sense of humor and shamelessness. And when he cues up "Wannabe" by Spice Girls, even dudes can't resist chiming in. www.soundcloud.com/sofakingevil. less...

Best dopegirl on the wheels of steel BOA Award Winner

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Speakerfoxxx

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

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DAX exclamationpoint

Best electro ghetto technician BOA Award Winner

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heRobust
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds,more...
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds, he switched up the vibe in June with a 10-track avalanche of trapstep remixes titled Busted - the best of which featured a haunted mashup of Ludacris' and Field Mob's "Georgia" with Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind." But the icing on heRobust's multilayered cake came a couple of months later when he dropped the 5-track goonstep EP Rob & Hood with song titles like "Beanie Babymama" and "Malt Flickr." On "Dirty South," the last track on the EP, he takes the 1995 classic of the same name back to the future with enough trippy bleeps, pulses, and digital fuzz to make an old Georgia bulldog wonder if, in some alternate universe, ATLiens really do exist. www.soundcloud.com/herobust. less...

Best emigrant-turned-essential local DJ BOA Award Winner

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Kid Cedek
After Kid Cedek moved here three years ago, he learned to spin the electro, dubstep, and trap to which Atlantans are accustomed. But he also champions the latest genre to sprout from his native-area DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia): moombahton. With a sound like reggae's loose grooves spiked with house music'smore...
After Kid Cedek moved here three years ago, he learned to spin the electro, dubstep, and trap to which Atlantans are accustomed. But he also champions the latest genre to sprout from his native-area DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia): moombahton. With a sound like reggae's loose grooves spiked with house music's nervousness, it's helped Kid Cedek set himself apart from the rest of Atlanta's nightlife lineup whether he's spinning at Graveyard or co-hosting the Five Spot's new 18-plus night DEF ATL. www.kidcedek.com. less...

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

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Faun and a Pan Flute
Best known for orchestrating layers of winding and bucolic rhythms that evoke equal parts Can's hypnotic rhythms and the Grateful Dead's hippie-dippie ways, Faun and a Pan Flute is the most engaging act of the last year to spring from Atlanta's esoteric rock underbelly. With a lineup that generally settlesmore...
Best known for orchestrating layers of winding and bucolic rhythms that evoke equal parts Can's hypnotic rhythms and the Grateful Dead's hippie-dippie ways, Faun and a Pan Flute is the most engaging act of the last year to spring from Atlanta's esoteric rock underbelly. With a lineup that generally settles in at around nine players, the group has transformed from a ragtag math rock band into a much larger ensemble that knows no musical bounds. Since former Street Violence vocalist Suzanne Baker joined the group, her voice has become a calming agent that has redirected the Fauns to explore a nuanced kaleidoscope of sound where every horn, guitar, and drum arrangement is an essential component to the whole. Don't let the saxophone and long hair fool you, there's nothing jammy about Faun and a Pan Flute. Every note, every crashing melody, and every breath this group takes contributes to an unorthodox musical method that is distinct and deliberate. www.faunandapanflute.bandcamp.com. less...

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

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Mary's (Featured)

Best gay-themed night BOA Award Winner

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Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (Featured)

Best hardcore band BOA Award Winner

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Bukkake Boys

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

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Whiskey Park - Permanently Closed (Permanently Closed)

Best industry impresario-slash-big-sis-to-the-stars BOA Award Winner

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Tree Sound Studios

Best jazz club BOA Award Winner

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Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe (Permanently Closed)

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

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The Righteous Room (Featured)

Best karaoke BOA Award Winner

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Sweetwater Bar and Grill

Best Latin music club BOA Award Winner

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Loca Luna

Best lesbian bar BOA Award Winner

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MSR My Sisters Room

Best live act BOA Award Winner

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The Wheeler Boys

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

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Joe McGuinness

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

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DJ Snellvillain

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

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Heroes x Villains

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

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Gun Party

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

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Under White Pines

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

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The Wheeler Boys

Best local instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Clay Cook


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