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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Tree Creature
Amid the backdrop of Atlanta’s various fringe electro-noise and experimental acts, TREE CREATURE tests the boundaries of noise, pop and minimalism while diving headlong into a blissfully distinctive world of sound. One could easily file the group under “electronic music,” butmore...

Amid the backdrop of Atlanta’s various fringe electro-noise and experimental acts, TREE CREATURE tests the boundaries of noise, pop and minimalism while diving headlong into a blissfully distinctive world of sound. One could easily file the group under “electronic music,” but Tree Creature never once brings a laptop to the stage. Instead it chooses the analog route to craft spacey and ethereal ambiance. By comparison with the harsh noise of fellow local contender Black Meat, Tree Creature’s long, undulating waves of angelic drones and repeating musical phrases are much more inviting, and always make for a palatable and social backdrop to any of the group’s weekly performances at house parties or low-key venues, such as Eyedrum or 11:11 Teahouse.


www.myspace.com/treecreature

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Best Local Emo Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Cartel
CARTEL’s music is big: beefy hooks, a ringing voice in group leader Will Pugh, and an ambition to become one of the country’s best emo bands. Thanks to its workaholic ethic, the band’s fizzy lead single “Honestly” has become an MTV favorite. Its second album,more...

CARTEL’s music is big: beefy hooks, a ringing voice in group leader Will Pugh, and an ambition to become one of the country’s best emo bands. Thanks to its workaholic ethic, the band’s fizzy lead single “Honestly” has become an MTV favorite. Its second album, Chroma, nestled on the national charts nearly a year after its fall 2005 release. The best way to hear Cartel, however, is live, where Pugh’s generous, melodic voice shines brightest.
www.cartelrocks.com.

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Deerhunter
DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the bordersmore...

DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the borders of coherent song structure, and it utilizes the blank spaces inside the notes, which leaves plenty of room to roam around inside a wash of graceful guitar noise, clutter and kraut-rock rhythms. Its competent take on less-than-orthodox sounds blossomed in only a few short years from lo-fi, “kitchen avant-garde” home recordings to a viable tenant of the pop avant-garde that gives a nod to everyone from Rhys Chatham to Stereolab.
www.notownsound.net.

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Black Meat

Best Snap Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Dem Franchize Boys
Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,”more...

Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” exemplifies snap’s kinetic yet quiet energy, even as its debut album, On Top of Our Game, incorporates other hardcore rap styles to create a sonically balanced listening experience. Of course, superstar producer Jermaine Dupri’s patronage certainly didn’t hurt the group in becoming more than just a Bankhead sensation.
www.demfranchizeboyz.com.

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Rhinoctopus

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

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

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Hubcap City (from Belgium)
Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressivelymore...

Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressively evolving variations that led ultimately to HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM). Taft, guitarist Matthew Proctor, and drummer Will Fratesi manufacture soundscapes and auditory portraits derived from their subjective life experiences filtered through a prism of alternating urban blight and hope. Of course, the group also has a song cycle inspired by the record reviews in Sassy magazine, too. If there is ever a documentary made on the “Cabbagetown sound,” Hubcap City (from Belgium) would be a vital component.
www.members.aol.com/n10j27b82/hubcapcity.html.

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Best Experimental Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Untied States
"Experimental" is a nebulous term that implies some outsider or esoteric leanings bent on challenging the means and/or content of music's tried-and-true institutions. UNTIED STATES' unholy merger of classical moodiness and pop/prog-rock's precise flare does just that. Equal parts ugly and exquisite sonicmore...
"Experimental" is a nebulous term that implies some outsider or esoteric leanings bent on challenging the means and/or content of music's tried-and-true institutions. UNTIED STATES' unholy merger of classical moodiness and pop/prog-rock's precise flare does just that. Equal parts ugly and exquisite sonic interplay drive the group's aggressive, rhythmic clamor that evokes everyone from Mike Patton to Eric Satie. Live, the group's presence is a pulsating and paroxysmal pandemonium that is just like the title of the group's recent sophomore outing suggests, "Ineffable, By Design". "www.untiedstates.us" less...

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Rhinoctopus

Best Local Experimental Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Rhinoctopus

Best Local Experimental / Fringe Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
The Changelings

Best Local Experimental / Fringe Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Airoes
In the right setting, an AIROES show can be a religious experience, or a life-threatening one. Jeph Burgoon's one-man act gains inspiration from Nurse with Wound, Kid 606 and everything else in between. A disco beat kicks everything into motion and then collapses into total chaos. Bits of hip-hop andmore...
In the right setting, an AIROES show can be a religious experience, or a life-threatening one. Jeph Burgoon's one-man act gains inspiration from Nurse with Wound, Kid 606 and everything else in between. A disco beat kicks everything into motion and then collapses into total chaos. Bits of hip-hop and truncated urban speak degrade into screaming industrial noise. Each song consists of short, controlled bursts of pure, electronic hatred, usually delivered in scuba gear. less...
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