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After Dark

A new era of nightlife has arrived in Atlanta, but it didn't happen overnight. Over the last several years, the city has redefined itself as a vibrant place where traditional, trendy, experimental, edgy, and exotic sounds collide. Case in point: Edgewood Avenue. In the last five years, the revitalized stretch of street near the corner of Boulevard has become well established as Atlanta's nightlife vanguard. Thanks to newer venues such as Erosol/Department Store and older ones such as Church and the Sound Table that helped start the nightlife renaissance here, you can find hip-hop, EDM, rock 'n' roll, Caribbean rhythms, house music, karaoke, or a marching band full of tubas any night of the week.

On Buford Highway, drag gets the dinner theater treatment at Lips Atlanta. Behind the establishment's unassuming exterior, lavish costumes, over-the-top interior design, and some of the region's best performers make for one of the city's most electric drag productions.

Exceptional musicianship revealed itself in 2014 through the likes of burgeoning songwriter Eliot Bronson, indie rockers Warehouse, marimba player Chris Childs, and dozens of other fresh faces. At the same time, Atlanta legacy acts such as Mastodon and Black Lips rolled out stellar albums. Even the almighty OutKast returned to the stage after spending more than a decade in limbo. Seeing each of these long-running ATL ambassadors return for a strong year serves as a reminder of just how deep our city's roots run.

The A3C hip-hop festival's 10th year looks to be its biggest yet. The metal scene continues grinding along as Hellgoat trolls the depths of demonic riffage. And Dasher's post-punk/hardcore dirge has continued to draw national attention. For this year's Best of Atlanta issue, we went backstage for an insider's look at some of the winners. It's easy to get caught up in the image that Young Thug brings to the covers of magazines such as Complex and the Fader. But he wouldn't be the cultural enigma he is if not for the contributions of his cohorts and producers Dun Deal, TM88, and Southside.

Sometimes, witnessing the process of what goes on behind the curtain is just as important as seeing it all unfold for a live audience. As our man Fort Knox says any time he steps onto a stage to host a hip-hop event, "It's gonna be HEAVEE, HEAVEE HEAVEE!"

— Chad Radford, Music Editor

Best album BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Faun and a Pan Flute
No album better embodies young Atlanta’s passion for drawing out the undeniable beauty tucked away in the city’s forgotten corners than FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE’s self-titled LP (Mission Trips). The album is a masterpiece of experimental composition, an impenetrable enigma that takes serious risksmore...
No album better embodies young Atlanta’s passion for drawing out the undeniable beauty tucked away in the city’s forgotten corners than FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE’s self-titled LP (Mission Trips). The album is a masterpiece of experimental composition, an impenetrable enigma that takes serious risks in the name of furthering a regional musical accent. Elements of jazz, modern classical composition, rock, and improvisation meld into a singular sound that challenges listeners to reconsider the possibilities of each genre. As a metaphor, Faun and a Pan Flute mirrors the city’s tangled structural maze of logic while chipping away at Atlanta’s perpetual identity crisis. When it comes to shared chemistry, song composition, pure musical ability, and personality Faun and a Pan Flute tops anything else Atlanta has seen in 2014. It’s an absolute pleasure on the ears. www.faunandapanflute.bandcamp.com. less...

Best Atlanta legacy act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Black Lips
Few groups can claim to have not only left a profound mark on the local music scene that spawned them, but also to have altered the DNA of indie culture at large. BLACK LIPS is one of those rare bands. On the heels of 2005’s Let It Bloom (In the Red), and later signing with Vice Records to releasemore...
Few groups can claim to have not only left a profound mark on the local music scene that spawned them, but also to have altered the DNA of indie culture at large. BLACK LIPS is one of those rare bands. On the heels of 2005’s Let It Bloom (In the Red), and later signing with Vice Records to release 2007’s Good Bad Not Evil, the group provided a soundtrack to Vice’s late-aughts stranglehold on hipster culture. The group never seems to stop touring, spreading Southern garage rock riffage like rock ’n’ roll missionaries. Black Lips is one of the few bands that has toured through Iraq and been chased out of India, all while turning out albums that push the group’s sound forward. With the arrival of 2014’s critically acclaimed album Underneath the Rainbow and concurrent world tour, the group continues to further its garage rock legacy. As the scene at Atlanta’s ground level has continued evolving, Let It Bloom has become an American underground classic. And whenever a Black Lips show happens on the band’s home turf, it’s still a night to remember. www.black-lips.com. less...

Best band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Mastodon
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act formore...
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act for the band to craft those tangled and monstrous riffs that keep longtime fans headbanging, while pushing the group further toward commercial success. The 11 songs on Once More ’Round the Sun hit the sweet spot. Credibility on both fronts comes thundering in on such sleek, stately, but still brutally skull-crushing songs such as “Tread Lightly,” “High Road,” and “Diamond in the Witch House.” Mastodon’s fusion of the prog/sludge perfection of such past victories as Leviathan (2004) and Blood Mountain (2006) constrict around tempered pop-metal the group brought with Crack the Skye (2009) and The Hunter (2011). The group’s endless touring schedule has left a deep impact. Once More ’Round the Sun resonates with the same almighty roar that catapulted these mammoth rockers far out into the cosmos. www.mastodonrocks.com. less...

Best band that can't find enough hours in the day BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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Small Reactions'
SMALL REACTIONS’ normal routine would be enough to give most dedicated musicians their fill of local scene participation. The group plays around town enough and reached a creative high with this summer’s Hung From Wire EP. Songs such as “Shark Week” and the title track roll with spontaneity,more...
SMALL REACTIONS’ normal routine would be enough to give most dedicated musicians their fill of local scene participation. The group plays around town enough and reached a creative high with this summer’s Hung From Wire EP. Songs such as “Shark Week” and the title track roll with spontaneity, heart-pounding grooves, and lyrics that ruminate on everything from sleepless nights to silverfish creeping around the bedroom. While prepping for the October release of Small Reactions’ proper debut, Similar Phantoms, the group’s members have pulled double-duty backing indie pop singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeremy Underwood, aka Gold-Bears. Holding down Dalliances, Gold-Bears’ greatest album so far, while strengthening its own foundation, solidifies Small Reactions’ place as the most active band to emerge from Atlanta’s post-punk scene of 2014. www.smallreactions.bandcamp.com. less...

Best band to blow the roof off of the joint BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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The Wolfpack
When determining how badass a band truly is, its live show can’t just be good. The sheer physicality of its performance must force patrons to shut up and listen. No Atlanta band pulls off this feat with as much originality and force as THE WOLFPACK. Helmed by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams,more...
When determining how badass a band truly is, its live show can’t just be good. The sheer physicality of its performance must force patrons to shut up and listen. No Atlanta band pulls off this feat with as much originality and force as THE WOLFPACK. Helmed by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams, the Wolfpack is a backing band composed of sousaphone players that fuse musical prowess with a seamless ability to switch genres. The group has performed Star Wars’ “Emperor’s Theme” and rearranged Flying Lotus tunes. The portability of sousaphones, also known as marching tubas, allows the pack to roam around the crowd and blare its bass-heavy lines from every corner. www.facebook.com/wolfpackatl14. less...

Best band to sharpen post-punk's teeth and claws BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Dasher
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. Themore...
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. The group’s dark and driving sound is a hybrid of post-punk and hardcore. Singer, principal songwriter, and drummer Kylee Kimbrough enabled the band’s ascent when she set a permanent lineup for the group with guitarist Kelly Stroup (Manic) and bassist David Michaud (Uniform). The band adapts to any noisy, gnarly show by laying waste to everything in earshot. dasher2.bandcamp.com. less...

Best DIY electronic act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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10th Letter

Best experimental music motivator BOA Award Winner

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Mission Trips

Best hip-hop event host BOA Award Winner

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David "Fort Knox" Freeman

Best instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Chris Childs

Best metal band BOA Award Winner

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Hellgoat

Best mixtape BOA Award Winner

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Pulp Fiction

Best music venue BOA Award Winner

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Terminal West

Best new hip-hop superstar BOA Award Winner

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Young Thug

Best nightlife district BOA Award Winner

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Edgewood Avenue

Best of the fests: Best homegrown success fest BOA Award Winner

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ONE Musicfest

Best of the fests: Day trip to see OutKast BOA Award Winner

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CounterPoint Music Festival

Best of the fests: Excuse to put on BOA Award Winner

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TomorrowWorld

Best of the fests: Reason to hang out at Atlantic Station BOA Award Winner

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Shaky Knees

Best of the fests: Reason to rediscover your love of hip-hop BOA Award Winner

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A3C

Best of the fests: Rock BOA Award Winner

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Mess-Around

Best places to wet your whistle: Boozing in a dark corner BOA Award Winner

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Paper Plane (Permanently Closed)

Best places to wet your whistle: Club night BOA Award Winner

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Keep On Movin'

Best places to wet your whistle: Dive bar BOA Award Winner

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Tucker Saloon

Best places to wet your whistle: Drag dinner theater BOA Award Winner

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Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar

Best places to wet your whistle: Honky-tonk BOA Award Winner

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Southern Comfort Restaurant (Permanently Closed)

Best places to wet your whistle: Hotel bar BOA Award Winner

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SkyLounge

Best places to wet your whistle: Indulge your mic-hogging karaoke self BOA Award Winner

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Karaoke Melody (Permanently Closed)

Best place to see local music BOA Award Winner

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529

Best pop/soul/acousticξmusic innovator BOA Award Winner

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Marian Mereba

Best post-punk salvo BOA Award Winner

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Warehouse's 'Tesseract'

Best songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Eliot Bronson

Best trip-hop, Krautrock, psych-pop underdog BOA Award Winner

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Where.Are.We

Best visually minded hip-hop artist BOA Award Winner

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Raury

Best Music Ambassadors BOA Award Winner

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OutKast
The Atlanta we know today would not exist without Antwan"Big Boi" Patton and Andre"Andre 3000" Benjamin of OutKast. With a career spanning 20 years back to the duo's 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, OutKast has become one of the greatest musical groups of all time, as well as one of Atlanta'smore...
The Atlanta we know today would not exist without Antwan"Big Boi" Patton and Andre"Andre 3000" Benjamin of OutKast. With a career spanning 20 years back to the duo's 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, OutKast has become one of the greatest musical groups of all time, as well as one of Atlanta's most enthusiastic ambassadors. They coined the term ATLien, after all. From the Dungeon to Stankonia to the Grammys and major motion pictures, the"Two Dope Boyz" have always remained true to ATL. You'd be hard-pressed to find a musical act in any other city able to sell out three consecutive homecoming shows. less...

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

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Jay Envy

Best 18 and up club BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best acoustic music venue BOA Award Winner

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Eddie's Attic (Featured)

Best after hours spot BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best band name BOA Award Winner

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Stokeswood

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

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Crystal Nickles at Sweetwater Bar and Grill

Best bar to hook up BOA Award Winner

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Graveyard Tavern (Permanently Closed)

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

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Blind Willie's (Featured)

Best bouncer BOA Award Winner

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Greg Meah

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 cocktail bar BOA Award Winner

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the Sound Table (Permanently Closed)

Best college bar BOA Award Winner

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Dive Bar Buckhead

Best concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

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OutKast

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

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Terminal West

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

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Johnny's Hideaway

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

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Electric Cowboy (Permanently Closed)

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

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Men in Blues

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

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El Bar @ El Ponce (Featured)

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

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Violet Chachki

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

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Mary's (Featured)

Best hookah bar BOA Award Winner

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Anatolia Cafe & Hookah Lounge

Best hotel bar BOA Award Winner

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Wetbar - W Atlanta

Best jazz night BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Scott's Jam Session

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

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The Righteous Room (Featured)

Best karaoke BOA Award Winner

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Mr. Smokey's Karaoke @ Sweetwarer 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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RalphandLouie
soundcloud.com/ralphandlouie

Best local album BOA Award Winner

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Connor Christian & Southern Gothic's New Hometown AND Levi Lowrey's self-titled album

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic's New Hometown


www.connorchristian.com


AND


Levi Lowrey's self-titled album


www.levilowrey.com

Best local bluegrass act BOA Award Winner

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The Whiskey Gentry

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

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Men in Blues

Best local classical music act BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

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Connor Christian & Southern Gothic

Best local DJ BOA Award Winner

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Jay Envy

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

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RalphandLouie
soundcloud.com/ralphandlouie

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

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HYDRABADD
soundcloud.com/hydrabadd

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

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Lily and the Tigers AND Little Tybee AND Levi Lowrey AND Neil Cribbs

Lily and the Tigers


www.lilyandthetigers.org


AND


Little Tybee


www.littletybee.com


AND


Levi Lowrey


www.levilowrey.com


AND


Neil Cribbs


www.neilcribbs.com

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

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Mighty High Coup

Best local instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Jeff Spirko

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

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Kebbi Williams and The Wolfpack

Best local label BOA Award Winner

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Freakstep Records

Best local mainstream act BOA Award Winner

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OutKast

Best local MC BOA Award Winner

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Arion Lee MC
soundcloud.com/arionlee-mc

Best local metal act BOA Award Winner

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Mastodon

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Forever 3 by MCBEEZY
soundcloud.com/mcbeezy/atlanta-forever-3

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

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Latest Disgrace
latestdisgrace.com

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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"Our Streets" by Stokeswood

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

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NEVR
soundcloud.com/nevrnevr

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

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Heroes x Villains
soundcloud.com/heroesxvillains
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Best 18 and up club BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best acoustic music venue BOA Award Winner

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Eddie's Attic (Featured)

Best after hours spot BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best album BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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Faun and a Pan Flute
No album better embodies young Atlanta’s passion for drawing out the undeniable beauty tucked away in the city’s forgotten corners than FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE’s self-titled LP (Mission Trips). The album is a masterpiece of experimental composition, an impenetrable enigma that takes serious risksmore...
No album better embodies young Atlanta’s passion for drawing out the undeniable beauty tucked away in the city’s forgotten corners than FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE’s self-titled LP (Mission Trips). The album is a masterpiece of experimental composition, an impenetrable enigma that takes serious risks in the name of furthering a regional musical accent. Elements of jazz, modern classical composition, rock, and improvisation meld into a singular sound that challenges listeners to reconsider the possibilities of each genre. As a metaphor, Faun and a Pan Flute mirrors the city’s tangled structural maze of logic while chipping away at Atlanta’s perpetual identity crisis. When it comes to shared chemistry, song composition, pure musical ability, and personality Faun and a Pan Flute tops anything else Atlanta has seen in 2014. It’s an absolute pleasure on the ears. www.faunandapanflute.bandcamp.com. less...

Best Atlanta legacy act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Black Lips
Few groups can claim to have not only left a profound mark on the local music scene that spawned them, but also to have altered the DNA of indie culture at large. BLACK LIPS is one of those rare bands. On the heels of 2005’s Let It Bloom (In the Red), and later signing with Vice Records to releasemore...
Few groups can claim to have not only left a profound mark on the local music scene that spawned them, but also to have altered the DNA of indie culture at large. BLACK LIPS is one of those rare bands. On the heels of 2005’s Let It Bloom (In the Red), and later signing with Vice Records to release 2007’s Good Bad Not Evil, the group provided a soundtrack to Vice’s late-aughts stranglehold on hipster culture. The group never seems to stop touring, spreading Southern garage rock riffage like rock ’n’ roll missionaries. Black Lips is one of the few bands that has toured through Iraq and been chased out of India, all while turning out albums that push the group’s sound forward. With the arrival of 2014’s critically acclaimed album Underneath the Rainbow and concurrent world tour, the group continues to further its garage rock legacy. As the scene at Atlanta’s ground level has continued evolving, Let It Bloom has become an American underground classic. And whenever a Black Lips show happens on the band’s home turf, it’s still a night to remember. www.black-lips.com. less...

Best band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Mastodon
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act formore...
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act for the band to craft those tangled and monstrous riffs that keep longtime fans headbanging, while pushing the group further toward commercial success. The 11 songs on Once More ’Round the Sun hit the sweet spot. Credibility on both fronts comes thundering in on such sleek, stately, but still brutally skull-crushing songs such as “Tread Lightly,” “High Road,” and “Diamond in the Witch House.” Mastodon’s fusion of the prog/sludge perfection of such past victories as Leviathan (2004) and Blood Mountain (2006) constrict around tempered pop-metal the group brought with Crack the Skye (2009) and The Hunter (2011). The group’s endless touring schedule has left a deep impact. Once More ’Round the Sun resonates with the same almighty roar that catapulted these mammoth rockers far out into the cosmos. www.mastodonrocks.com. less...

Best band name BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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Stokeswood

Best band that can't find enough hours in the day BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
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Small Reactions'
SMALL REACTIONS’ normal routine would be enough to give most dedicated musicians their fill of local scene participation. The group plays around town enough and reached a creative high with this summer’s Hung From Wire EP. Songs such as “Shark Week” and the title track roll with spontaneity,more...
SMALL REACTIONS’ normal routine would be enough to give most dedicated musicians their fill of local scene participation. The group plays around town enough and reached a creative high with this summer’s Hung From Wire EP. Songs such as “Shark Week” and the title track roll with spontaneity, heart-pounding grooves, and lyrics that ruminate on everything from sleepless nights to silverfish creeping around the bedroom. While prepping for the October release of Small Reactions’ proper debut, Similar Phantoms, the group’s members have pulled double-duty backing indie pop singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeremy Underwood, aka Gold-Bears. Holding down Dalliances, Gold-Bears’ greatest album so far, while strengthening its own foundation, solidifies Small Reactions’ place as the most active band to emerge from Atlanta’s post-punk scene of 2014. www.smallreactions.bandcamp.com. less...

Best band to blow the roof off of the joint BOA Award Winner

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The Wolfpack
When determining how badass a band truly is, its live show can’t just be good. The sheer physicality of its performance must force patrons to shut up and listen. No Atlanta band pulls off this feat with as much originality and force as THE WOLFPACK. Helmed by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams,more...
When determining how badass a band truly is, its live show can’t just be good. The sheer physicality of its performance must force patrons to shut up and listen. No Atlanta band pulls off this feat with as much originality and force as THE WOLFPACK. Helmed by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams, the Wolfpack is a backing band composed of sousaphone players that fuse musical prowess with a seamless ability to switch genres. The group has performed Star Wars’ “Emperor’s Theme” and rearranged Flying Lotus tunes. The portability of sousaphones, also known as marching tubas, allows the pack to roam around the crowd and blare its bass-heavy lines from every corner. www.facebook.com/wolfpackatl14. less...

Best band to sharpen post-punk's teeth and claws BOA Award Winner

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Dasher
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. Themore...
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. The group’s dark and driving sound is a hybrid of post-punk and hardcore. Singer, principal songwriter, and drummer Kylee Kimbrough enabled the band’s ascent when she set a permanent lineup for the group with guitarist Kelly Stroup (Manic) and bassist David Michaud (Uniform). The band adapts to any noisy, gnarly show by laying waste to everything in earshot. dasher2.bandcamp.com. less...

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

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Crystal Nickles at Sweetwater Bar and Grill

Best bar to hook up BOA Award Winner

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Graveyard Tavern (Permanently Closed)

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

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Blind Willie's (Featured)

Best bouncer BOA Award Winner

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Greg Meah

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 cocktail bar BOA Award Winner

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the Sound Table (Permanently Closed)

Best college bar BOA Award Winner

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Dive Bar Buckhead

Best concert of the past year BOA Award Winner

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OutKast

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

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Terminal West

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

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Johnny's Hideaway

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

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Electric Cowboy (Permanently Closed)

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

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Men in Blues

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

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El Bar @ El Ponce (Featured)

Best DIY electronic act BOA Award Winner

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10th Letter

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

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Violet Chachki

Best experimental music motivator BOA Award Winner

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Mission Trips