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2010 Index of Winners

Best band to outlast the after party

The Constellations
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album,more...
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album, Southern Gothic, is a sleazy, sweat-soaked rollercoaster ride into the excesses of the night, with a cast of shady characters along for the ride. Your mother might not be their biggest fan, but their lecherous ways landed them on Virgin Records and helped them score a spot opening for Snoop Dogg on stages across the country. And you know Snoop don't party with amateurs. www.theconstellationsmusic.com less...

Best bartender

Tie: Brook at Flatiron Restaurant & Bar AND Miles Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: David at Mary's


1287 Glenwood Avenue S.E., 404-624-4411, marysatlanta.com/




Best bowling alley

Midtown Bowl Midtown Bowl

Runners-up:


300 Atlanta


2175 Savoy Drive, 770-451-8605, www.threehundred.com/atlanta.html


AND


Ten Pin Alley


261 19th St. N.W., 404-872-3364, www.dolcegroup.com/

Best cathartic 7-inch experience

'Georganne' (Double Phantom)
"GEORGANNE" (Double Phantom), the latest indie brat rant from the Balkans is a melodic ride where Frankie Broyles' musings on isolation bleed into a haze of lo-fi textures and dramatic ups and downs. www.myspace.com/thebalkans

Best college crowd bar or club

Opera's College Night Opera Nightclub

Runner-up: Moondogs


3179 Peachtree Road N.E., 404-231-4201

Best concert venue

Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


1099 Euclid Avenue N.E., 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com/

Best dance club

MJQ Concourse MJQ Concourse

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Cresent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com/

Best Experimental Music Act

The Back Pockets
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempfmore...
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempf leads a revolving cast of players in an all-encompassing cabaret that stands apart from Atlanta's rock 'n' roll bar scene. The sound is Of Montreal mixed with Marquis de Sade, with ramshackle musical elements unfolding alongside actors' exaggerated vignettes. The audience is armed with drumsticks, tearing down the wall between spectator and performer. Through it all, band members don face paint of jeweled shapes, clouds and flowers, taking on a feral presence that, despite its anti-pop connotations, results in songs and scenes that are compelling and catchy. www.myspace.com/thebackpockets less...

Best gay bar

Mary's Mary's

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


227 10th St. N.E., 404-892-5786, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com/

Best Georgia-based music blog

Ohmpark

ohmpark.com


Runner-up: Atlanta Music Guide


www.atlantamusicguide.com/

Best jukebox

Righteous Room The Righteous Room

Runner-up: The Local


758 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-873-5002




Best Latin music club

Loca Luna Loca Luna

Runner-up: Chaparral


2715 Buford Highway, 678-568-9657, www.chaparralatlanta.net

Best local vocalist

Bernadette Seacrest

www.bernadetteseacrest.com


Runner-up: Sara Crawford


saracrawford.net

Best non-mainstream mixtape to mainline intravenously

1140: The Overdose
The aptly titled 1140: THE OVERDOSE paired Atlanta's up-from-dirt MC Pill with mixtape royalty DJ Drama in a release that is the polar opposite of everything Atlanta rap has come to represent. We deem that a good thing. www.theeducatedvillains.com

Best place to throw a party that's not your house

Graveyard Tavern Graveyard Tavern

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Crescent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

Best pool hall

Twain's Billiards and Tap Twain's Brewpub & Billiards

Runner-up: The Independent


931 Monroe Drive N.E., 404-249-9869, www.theindependentatlanta.com/index.php

Best sports bar

STATS Stats

Runner-up: Woofs


2425 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-869-9422, www.woofsatlanta.com/

Best young punks

Ralph
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeledmore...
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeled into anything but punk rock. Of all the bands in Atlanta, Ralph keeps the lifeblood flowing through the post-Rob's House Records scene, and they do so without aping anyone's style. It's punk in its raw, Reagan-era form (Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, the Germs), meaning the band exists in a state of primordial three-chord bliss. The old-school punk ethos is all about capturing something special before it goes bust; the kids in Ralph are definitely reveling in that moment. www.myspace.com/imgonnaralph less...

Best affordable day care

The Sunshine House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Primrose School


1197 Peachtree St., Suite 554, 404-745-9797, and other metro Atlanta locations.


www.primroseschools.com

Best annual event

Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


www.atlantatrackclub.org

Best bizarro local news story

Zebra loose on interstate
Runner-up: Woman crashes into Green's liquor store for second time

Best bizarro news story

Ban on human microchipping
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year's weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPINGmore...
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year's weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPING needed a little something extra. As luck would have it, that came in the form of a DeKalb County woman invited to testify to a Senate committee about how "researchers with the federal government" implanted a microchip in her "vaginal-rectum area." The microchip, she said, is activated by phone, like a beeper, with the number displayed "on billboards throughout the city." Naturally, the committee OK'd the bill. less...

Best display of the power of the MSM

Susan Richardson TV Interview
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof thatmore...
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof that the old-school news media can still affect big changes. less...

Best evidence of social progress

Gay elected officials
They still can't marry in Georgia, but it's clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission.more...
They still can't marry in Georgia, but it's clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission. And we're not even counting politicians who are in the closet! In fact, the Fulton race came down to a runoff between two lesbian candidates who handily out-polled a couple of breeders with nary a mention of sexual preference along the way. less...

Best intown hipster hootenanny

Chomp and Stomp Cabbagetown Park
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What's not to love about Cabbagetown's annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beersmore...
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What's not to love about Cabbagetown's annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beers and rub shoulders with pretty much every cool kid residing south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. There are also a few booths selling crafts, as well as a variety of food from local restaurants and vendors, including an entire slow-roasted hog. But possibly the most welcoming feature of the C&S is its laid-back Cabbagetown vibe; it's like one giant, day-long block party. Cabbagetown Park, Tye Street and Kirkwood Avenue. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

Best landmark

Stone Mountain Stone Mountain Park

Runner-up: Fox Theatre


660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best local blogger

Lindsay Roberts and Lauren Kraselsky

Best local celebrity

Ludacris
Runner-up: Usher

Best local hero

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up: Jimmy Carter

Best local sports team

Atlanta Braves Turner Field

Runner-up: Atlanta Falcons


www.atlantafalcons.com

Best local TV anchor

Monica Pearson

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up: Brenda Wood


www.11alive.com

Best local TV, magazine, or newspaper reporter

Doug Richards

www.11alive.com


Runners-up:


Thomas Wheatley


www.clatl.com


AND


Chad Radford


www.clatl.com

Best neighborhood for after-hours

Buford Highway
Atlanta's "last call" doesn't have to mean "good night." Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don't forget the slender strippers ofmore...
Atlanta's "last call" doesn't have to mean "good night." Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don't forget the slender strippers of Pink Pony.) Top it off with 4:30 a.m. carne asada at any of the late-night authentic taquerias and you can see why Buford Highway beckons. less...

Best organic farm

Love is Love Farm

Best picnic spot

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Stone Mountain Park


1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best place to people-watch

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Best public tennis court

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up: Candler Park


585 Candler Park Drive, www.candlerpark.org

Best radio DJ

Bert Weiss

Q100


thebertshow.com


Runner-up: Mara Davis


www.929dave.radio.com

Best volunteer program

Hands On Atlanta Hands On Atlanta

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up: Highland Row Antiques


628 N. Highland Ave., 404-815-8830, www.highlandrowantiques.com


 

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