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Best Local New Music Act

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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 NEW MUSIC GROUP BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lunar Vacation
Few, if any, local groups have had as stellar of a first year as Lunar Vacation. The group's laid-back, surfy vibe seems to be exactly what the scene needed: a deserved reprieve from the hectic negativity that permeates almost every aspect of American life in 2018. -Since the group's debut, the nascentmore...
Few, if any, local groups have had as stellar of a first year as Lunar Vacation. The group's laid-back, surfy vibe seems to be exactly what the scene needed: a deserved reprieve from the hectic negativity that permeates almost every aspect of American life in 2018. -Since the group's debut, the nascent self-described "dreamy pool rock" group has put out three releases, embarked on its Artificial Flavors tour,- and, if the sold-out Bandcamp merch page is any indication, made quite a splash both locally and across the East Coast. www.lunarvacationatl.bandcamp.com. less...

Best New Music Group BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lunar Vacation

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Houston in the Blind

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
NEVR
soundcloud.com/nevrnevr

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Silky Johnson
silky.bandcamp.comhttp://silky.bandcamp.com/

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tclarence

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Pocket the Moon

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

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

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Attention System

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Balkans
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflectionsmore...
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflections of Radiohead, these kids are seasoned beyond their years. But they maintain their youthful abandon by concocting a jittery, fast-paced indie-rock grind so catchy and stylistic that it caught Atlanta by surprise. www.myspace.com/thebalkans. less...

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Noot d' Noot

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Missy Gossip and the Secret Keepers

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Coathangers
THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable,more...

THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable, aggressive and charmingly naive. At any time there are at least a dozen upcoming shows posted on the group’s Myspace page, and its performances are never less than explosive. The Coathangers work hard and play hard. And having fun while playing music is the bottom line. If you’re offended by such signature (and juvenile) songs as “Nestle in My Boobies” and “Shut the Fuck Up,” then maybe it’s time for you to lighten up.


www.myspace.com/fuckthecoathangers

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Crazy Anglos

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Ghost Tour
GHOST TOUR is an indie-rock band with country influences, not vice versa. The group’s jangle-pop chops bare the burdens of working man’s music but there’s more My Bloody Valentine than Gram Parsons in the mix. Featuring singer/guitarist Craig Gates, bassist John Naismith andmore...

GHOST TOUR is an indie-rock band with country influences, not vice versa. The group’s jangle-pop chops bare the burdens of working man’s music but there’s more My Bloody Valentine than Gram Parsons in the mix. Featuring singer/guitarist Craig Gates, bassist John Naismith and drummer Greg Stevens, Ghost Tour forgoes showboating to adopt a stoic approach to the art of song. Their thirtysomething angle adds post-hipster substance to Ghost Tour’s sound, but the group still rocks. Songs like “Brown Guitar” and “Craig #1” swell with a well-tempered exuberance that embraces a lineage of respectable artists, from Wilco to the Minutemen and Pavement to the Pretty Things. Ghost Tour offers something for the critics and the kids to sink their teeth into.
www.myspace.com/ghosttour.

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Zac Brown Band

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
The Brilliant Inventions

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