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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 Rock Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Rose Hotel

Best Rock Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tie: Atlanta Brass Cats & The Ideas of June

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Gringo Starr
The reports of rock 'n roll's death have been greatly exaggerated. Many local groups do their part to keep rock off music's endangered list, but none carry the mantle quite like Gringo Star. The group's blend of psychedelic garage rock is a smooth modern take on a classic sound. This juxtaposition ofmore...
The reports of rock 'n roll's death have been greatly exaggerated. Many local groups do their part to keep rock off music's endangered list, but none carry the mantle quite like Gringo Star. The group's blend of psychedelic garage rock is a smooth modern take on a classic sound. This juxtaposition of old and new is in full force on its latest release Back to the City (Nevado Music), which marries elements of '50s doo wop with the band's contemporary garage rock leanings. Michelle Malone less...

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
BAST

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Kick the Robot

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Stokeswood

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Stokeswood
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Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Sexual Side Effects

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Almost Kings

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Damage Report

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Nerd Parade

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Howlies
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narrativesmore...
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narratives about finding girls, losing girls and getting loaded, songs from Trippin' such as "Sea Level," "Smoke" and "Dirty Woman" exhibit moments of pure pop genius, and the kind of raw rock elation you’d never want your parents and co-workers to find out about. www.howlies.com. less...

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Echovalve

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Black Lips
Garbled garagists THE BLACK LIPS are a beautiful disaster spreading bruised pop like a social disease. Like everything about the Brian Jonestown Massacre, everything about the Black Lips music (and the band’s venue and label, Die Slaughterhaus) is DIY and art-damaged — frayed or fadedmore...

Garbled garagists THE BLACK LIPS are a beautiful disaster spreading bruised pop like a social disease. Like everything about the Brian Jonestown Massacre, everything about the Black Lips music (and the band’s venue and label, Die Slaughterhaus) is DIY and art-damaged — frayed or faded — yet takes on supersaturated supersonics. This is surf rock clawing from a froth of psychedelic phlegm dripping from Spanish moss. On stage, the chaos is fluid — and may even spread some fluids. The Black Lips may not technically play rock best, but they will rock you best.
www.myspace.com/theblacklips.

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Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Dear Enemy

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Rehab

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Echo Valve

Best Local Rock Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
These musical crazies may have won over our readers by sole virtue of their silly stage costumes (part Merlin, part Lewis Carroll). Or perhaps it was their even sillier little newsletter (part Gary Larson, part Lewis Carroll). Or could it have been their nutty original songs (part Dr. Seuss, part "Christmasmore...
These musical crazies may have won over our readers by sole virtue of their silly stage costumes (part Merlin, part Lewis Carroll). Or perhaps it was their even sillier little newsletter (part Gary Larson, part Lewis Carroll). Or could it have been their nutty original songs (part Dr. Seuss, part "Christmas Carol")? Whatever it was, well, hats off to the Hat! less...

Best Local Rock Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Tie: King Lear Jet and The Tom Collins
Moody, melodic and hypnotic yet still somehow energetic, King Lear Jet have graduated from the relentless shoe gazing of their early days into an impressive outfit, equal parts Built to Spill, Wilco and Galaxie 500. The guitars swirl, jangle and drone while an insistent rhythm section keeps the pacemore...
Moody, melodic and hypnotic yet still somehow energetic, King Lear Jet have graduated from the relentless shoe gazing of their early days into an impressive outfit, equal parts Built to Spill, Wilco and Galaxie 500. The guitars swirl, jangle and drone while an insistent rhythm section keeps the pace between a crawl and an amble. It's indie rock that can put you gently to sleep or slowly wake you up. The Tom Collins' lead vocalist/guitarist Fran Capitanelli's penchant for channeling Jimmy Page, John Lennon and Keith Richards into dynamic post-punk songs, like college radio fave "One Day Krush," is what caused the initial stir of excitement for the group. But look a bit closer here and you'll find a complex list of elements in the sound — the Flaming Lips, Frank Black, Pavement and more. Basically, the Tom Collins is no one-trick pony, so look for them to take it to the next level in 2001. less...

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