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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 band to reignite the indie scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Warehouse

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 indie rock underdogs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Red Sea
Reveling in the mesmerizing aesthetics of drone pop and Krautrock, Red Sea's songs creep along at a hypnotic pace. But a slow and jangling indie rock sensibility propels these four fresh-faced 18- to 21-year-olds from Suwanee over deep, dark valleys of reverb and resonance. Less than 24 hours after self-releasingmore...

Reveling in the mesmerizing aesthetics of drone pop and Krautrock, Red Sea's songs creep along at a hypnotic pace. But a slow and jangling indie rock sensibility propels these four fresh-faced 18- to 21-year-olds from Suwanee over deep, dark valleys of reverb and resonance. Less than 24 hours after self-releasing the Weird Problem EP via Bandcamp, Red Sea was deemed a buzzworthy band by the local blogosphere, and its subsequent live shows only highlighted the band's potential to achieve local clout at an age when most acts are still kicking around in the garage. redsea.bandcamp.com.


Listen: Red Sea "Cruel Future"

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Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

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

BEST MTV-approved arena rock BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Manchester Orchestra
On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none of that compares to the band selling out its first Tabernacle show last May. Welcome home, boys; you've finally arrived. themanchesterorchestra.com.more...
On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none of that compares to the band selling out its first Tabernacle show last May. Welcome home, boys; you've finally arrived. themanchesterorchestra.com. less...

Best band to rock the casbah BOA Award Winner

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

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

Best sign that cock rock is back BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Whores
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.”more...
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.” But just when the vulgar display of power becomes too heavy for the faint of heart, drummer Travis Owen throws them a middle finger. He then proceeds to bounce his drumstick on the floor, catch it, twirl and shoot another bird in one fluid motion that would make even Diamond Dave want to play drums. www.myspace.com/whoresmusic. less...

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Nerd Parade

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

Howlies

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 sign that cock rock is back BOA Award Winner

Whores

Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Sonen

Best Local Mainstream Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
R.E.M.

DARK HORSE: Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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

Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Snowden
If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig on time, doesn’t cause any problems, draws a capacity audience and puts on a great show. The same could be said of its music. On the band’smore...

If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig on time, doesn’t cause any problems, draws a capacity audience and puts on a great show. The same could be said of its music. On the band’s 2005 full-length Anti-Anti, the music sounds tight and efficient, producing a wintry atmosphere that revolves around melancholy group leader Jordan Jeffares’ voice without dwelling in it. Despite their economy, the songs are full of odd little twists, from the way Jeffares sings almost haltingly to the fact that many don’t have identifiable choruses. Unlike many of Atlanta’s underground rock bands, Snowden doesn’t try to make a spectacle to get attention. It’s quietly subversive.


www.snowden.info

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Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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