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After Dark

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

The Bonaventure Quartet

Best local mainstream act BOA Award Winner

Mastodon

www.mastodonrocks.com


Runner-up
Manchester Orchestra
www.themanchesterorchestra.com

Best local metal act BOA Award Winner

Withered
With Folie Circulaire , black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind, bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging andmore...
With Folie Circulaire , black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind, bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging and a bestial growl. While Mastodon was busy cracking the Skye, Withered punched a hole through the earth and reached deep into the bowels of hell to summon an epic, labyrinthine roar. www.myspace.com/withered. less...

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

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 promoter of Atlanta's rich hip-hop heritage BOA Award Winner

Shameless Plug
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodiemore...
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodie Mob? Certainly, no one saw that coming — not even the members of Goodie Mob. Turns out SHAMELESS PLUG approached them, feeling that the time was ripe after rumors persisted for two years that the godfathers of Atlanta hip-hop had finally bonded behind the scenes. Coming on the heels of Vibe magazine's investigative piece documenting the rise and struggles of Southern rap's first family (the Dungeon Family, of which the Mob were founding members), the concert reflected the lifeblood of a subgenre. With so many promoters in the A — from run-of-the-mill to grade A — only a handful recognize their role as cultural curators. Count Shameless Plug among them. less...

Best local punk rock act BOA Award Winner

Predator
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannonmore...
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannon Greene (guitar/vocals) does it with style by stripping songs to their essentials, then drawing out a steady, aggressive plod with clean, razor-sharp edges that are minimalist by design but saturated with unadulterated catharsis. www.myspace.com/atlpredator. less...

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

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 neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Runner-up
97 Estoria
727 Wylie St., 404-522-0966, www.97estoria.com

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Runners-up
Tie
529
529 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-228-6769, www.529atl.com
and
Star Bar
437 Moreland Ave., 404-681-9018, www.starbar.net

Best swingers club BOA Award Winner

Trapeze

Runner-up
Swinging Richards
1400 Northside Drive, 404-352-0532, www.swingingrichards.com

Best acoustic music club BOA Award Winner

Eddie's Attic

Best burlesque troupe: Tie BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best burlesque troupe: Tie BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

Best club event BOA Award Winner

Fuck Yesss

Best local instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Jeffrey Butzer

Best local mainstream act BOA Award Winner

Mastodon

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Attention System

Rich Pick: Best local new voice BOA Award Winner

Boog Brown

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Gentleman Jesse

Best local methadone drone-pop act BOA Award Winner

Abby Go Go

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

OK Productions

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Rahbi

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Double Phantom

Best sign that cock rock is back BOA Award Winner

Whores

Best local singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Ben Trickey

Best local singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Brian Wiltsey

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Clermont Lounge

Best urban music club BOA Award Winner

Apache Cafe

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