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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Experimental Music Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
W8ING4UFOS

Best Experimental Music BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel

Best Experimental Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
See Chad Radford's March 2018 cover story Music Of the moment: Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel's long strange trip into the aether.

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cousin Dan

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
TIE: Dux AND The Difference Machine

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Dialogue
A Berklee College of Music graduate and classically trained pianist making a hard left into extreme noise seems like an unexpected move. But when Alexa Lima joins forces with Keith William of Atlanta hip-hop outfit Wake, their talents come together in a wash of abstract sound called DIALOGUE. The collaborationmore...
A Berklee College of Music graduate and classically trained pianist making a hard left into extreme noise seems like an unexpected move. But when Alexa Lima joins forces with Keith William of Atlanta hip-hop outfit Wake, their talents come together in a wash of abstract sound called DIALOGUE. The collaboration began as a means of deconstructing Lima’s 2015 self-titled EP. Paired with William’s noisy impulses, Lima’s modern classical compositions are deconstructed to reveal a universe of hidden possibilities through sampling and an avant-garde approach to sound. This year, their efforts culminated in a hypnotic visual compilation titled “Study No. 3,” in which any semblance of hip-hop production or traditional structure melts into a haze of open-ended sonic texture. To call the result of their deep musical interaction noise sells their works short. But to call it anything else is misleading. On stage, they run a turntable into a sampler and synthesizers. William samples and manipulates records live while Lima plays keys and twists knobs. The music is composed, but done in a language that’s singular to this pairing of musicians. Abstractions, a debut cassette featuring Lima’s EP on the A-side and Dialogue’s deconstruction on the flip side, is due out in September. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT6SaypdpPk. less...

Best Local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Jungol
jungol.net

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Cave Bat

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
HYDRABADD
soundcloud.com/hydrabadd

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Jungol
The electronic-tinged local rock innovator Jungol has created a beautiful and twisted film and soundtrack project dubbed Go Softly. The group's core members, twin brothers Josh and Graham Yoder, have long probed the outer limits of the imagination with reverb-heavy electronic rock. With Go Softly, themore...
The electronic-tinged local rock innovator Jungol has created a beautiful and twisted film and soundtrack project dubbed Go Softly. The group's core members, twin brothers Josh and Graham Yoder, have long probed the outer limits of the imagination with reverb-heavy electronic rock. With Go Softly, the group reaches even further into the realms of the strange and surreal. Released as a series of short vignettes via YouTube, the abstract film follows a few different characters communing with nature in various ways. Each scene is drenched in surreal colors that flood the synapses with disjointed narratives and themes that are at once pleasant and nightmarish. The film's musical score creates a dreamlike ambiance with bouncy rhythms and a totally psychedelic vibe. Together, the resulting sound and vision is hypnotizing, eerie, and sometimes just plain weird. www.jungol.net. less...

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Skymatic

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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 local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Gun Party

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Nerdkween

Best experimental band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lyonnais
Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But themore...

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But the impending release of the enigmatic group's debut album, Want For Wish For Nowhere (Hoss Records), proves that keeping experimental music interesting is a task at which this mysterious foursome excels. myspace.com/teamlyonnais.


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Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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 local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Lyonnais

Best Local DIY or die band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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 experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Deerhunter

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Deerhunter

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Facehugger

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Facehugger
One of the most disconcerting acts to grace Atlanta stages in 2009, FACEHUGGER creates an atmosphere that eclipses the normal exuberance experienced at a live show. Drawing from a palette of proto-industrial noise and pop grooves in the vein of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and even Joy Division, the groupmore...
One of the most disconcerting acts to grace Atlanta stages in 2009, FACEHUGGER creates an atmosphere that eclipses the normal exuberance experienced at a live show. Drawing from a palette of proto-industrial noise and pop grooves in the vein of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and even Joy Division, the group turns out a surprisingly pleasing sound both antiquated and surreal. But the aggressive, hyper-manic performance of vocalist John Hannah is enough to jar an entire audience out of its comfort zone. www.myspace.com/facehuggeratl. less...

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Zano

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Richard Devine

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Deerhunter
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