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Best of Atlanta 2011 After Dark

 

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After Dark

It's a dark time in America. Employment's down. Politicians suck. Bankers are drinking us dry. We rank near the bottom of the totem pole in education, transportation and just about every other category that matters. We haven't been No. 1 in anything for a long time, but at least we still party like we are.

We took that into consideration as we compiled this year's After Dark list of our favorite Atlanta musicians and sparks of nightlife. It required a lot of time spent in the dark: Dancing in dimly lit alleyways, searching out spirits down dark tunnels, bathing in dank beats emanating from our earbuds.

In the process, we found consolation in a fly-as-hell lady DJ, a kid named Ernest with a computer chip in his hip, a bunch of closeted karaoke freaks, a bonged-out band of metalheads, and a Church full of sanctified sinners, among others.

The "power music electric revival" OutKast preordained a decade ago reverberated throughout the city this year, spawning a new wave of electronic newborns, from the well-endowed Cousin Dan, with his codpiece-mounted keyboard, to the viral dance craze that finally answers the age-old question, "Where's the Beef?"

So even as the country fades to black, we can rest assured knowing Atlanta will make a bombass fallout shelter.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best indie rock underdogs

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 new gay thing to happen outside of Midtown

Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's latest gay bar, The Cockpit, takes the cake. Imagine diving headfirst into a pit of ... well, you get the idea. With Atlanta's gaymore...
Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's latest gay bar, The Cockpit, takes the cake. Imagine diving headfirst into a pit of ... well, you get the idea. With Atlanta's gay scene still largely sequestered in Midtown, the Cockpit is a welcome and necessary addition to those who crave a bar off the beaten path. It's the only gay watering hole in Grant Park, not far from Mary's in East Atlanta, and an encouraging sign of the city's sprawling gay population. The cozy interior with exposed brick and a central bar houses a pool table, and the space includes a small outdoor patio. Also a rarity among gay bars, the Cockpit is smoke-free. But what's most appreciated is the location's down-to-earth attitude. Still, those Boulevard bears know to keep the Gaga blasting. 465 Boulevard. 404-343-2450. thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com. less...



Best off-the-radar place to see a local show

Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place along the southwestern stretch of the Beltline remain shrouded in secrecy. Imagine the Southern gothic atmosphere of a William Faulkner novel, channeledmore...
Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place along the southwestern stretch of the Beltline remain shrouded in secrecy. Imagine the Southern gothic atmosphere of a William Faulkner novel, channeled into a strange but beautiful outsider folk scene. Ramshackle and hobo-esque acts with names such as Pony Bones, Melissa Lonely, the Subliminator, and Shitty Bedford howl at the moon while carving out a sound that's anything but urbane. less...

Best 404 soul glo redux

He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed him some unlikely buds (Gwyneth Paltrow?), a judge's spot on "The Voice," and his very own Fuse TV talk-show couch. ceelogreen.com.

Best ambient composers

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmosphericsmore...

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmospherics with a sense of sophistication that eludes the rest. Each song on the group's full-length 2010 debut, Planet Plant, slowly drifts through the ether with a celestial ambiance as massive and mysterious as the universe itself. It's a sound that gives new meaning to the word ambient. qurious.bandcamp.com.


Listen: Qurious "Another Language"

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Best Atlanta-bred song and dance

It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beefmore...
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beef it up/watch me funk it out," Pimpin Duke and Mechi Man chant over percolating keys and a raw, unrefined bass line. But it's the YouTube-ready dance that's garnered the low-budget video more than a million views. Need some Beef tips? Picture Fred Sanford on the verge of a heart attack, throw in some old-school swagger, a little improvisation (the shovel, the lawnmower, the Rodney King), and a stone-cold zombie-like facial expression. Stir and serve hot. youtube.com/thecharlieboygang. less...

Best local overall act

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shiftingmore...

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shifting island in a miasmic sea of sensation. As for staying power, Greene's newly minted record deal with industry stronghold Sub Pop only affirms what those who have witnessed Washed Out's recent shows already know: This bedroom-pop blog darling has become quite the electro-fied entertainer. myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods.


Listen: Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed"

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Best experimental band

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But themore...

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But the impending release of the enigmatic group's debut album, Want For Wish For Nowhere (Hoss Records), proves that keeping experimental music interesting is a task at which this mysterious foursome excels. myspace.com/teamlyonnais.


Listen: Lyonnais "The Fatalist"

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Best local blues act

Rod Hamdallah
An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallahmore...

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallah has tricked out a sultry sound and presence that's recharging the blues. He's what the old heads who lurk in the shadows at the back of the bar refer to as the real deal, and they ain't lyin'. reverbnation.com/rodhamdallah.


Listen: Rod Hamdallah "Think About It"

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Best nautical-themed pop act

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticatedmore...

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticated foursome apart is a subtle seafaring aura that colors the music and sets its strings and swoon adrift. littletybee.muxtape.com.


Listen: Little Tybee "Passion Seekers"

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Best event space-turned-dubstep destination

When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned electro acts such as Mount Kimbie. Sizable enough to accommodate impressive laser shows and large dance crowds, King Plow even hasmore...
When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned electro acts such as Mount Kimbie. Sizable enough to accommodate impressive laser shows and large dance crowds, King Plow even has an overflow space perfect for those who need to put the flashing lights on pause. 887 W. Marietta St. 404-885-9933. kingplow.com. less...

BEST MTV-approved arena rock

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 rise above punk's pigeonholes

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death),more...

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death), the former Carbonas frontman transcends the buzzsaw blitzkrieg of his previous band. By marrying crisp, driving melodies and demonic incantations with a damaged sound that could shake itself to pieces at any minute, he's created the most compelling avant-garage punk statement this town has ever known. myspace.com/ggkingband.


Listen: G.G. King "Want"

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Best local hip-hop producer on some other ish

The Supernatural Man by ETHEREAL


With his zoned-out beatscapes, young gun producer/MC Ethereal aims to usher in a decidedly chill age of Atlanta rap. The 22 tracks on his recent full-length debut, Abstractica (Slumerican), house plenty of built-in spitting room for himself and a heap of featured MCs, but they're best consumed as subtle bytes of sonic bliss. reverbnation.com/ethereal00.

Best local promoter

Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acidmore...
Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acid nights at 529. The underlying aural connection isn't obvious until it unfolds, when acts as varied as Clan Destined, A. Grimes, and the Ruination share the stage with ease. Boyle's range is just a side effect of his MO. By booking what he likes first and foremost, he nurtures a healthy cross-pollination underground, culminating in new collaborations such as the menacing Afro-Kraut beats of a Difference Machine. If his rising profile and the ever-growing attendance at his shows illustrate anything, it's that his taste is badass. speakeasypromo.net. less...

Best metal band to hit the bong to

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic.more...

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic. Wizard Smoke's songs are glacial in size and epic in stature, but there's a sense of humor hiding behind every riff throughout the band's latest LP, The Speed of Smoke. Take another hit and let the perma-grin begin. wizardsmoke.net.


Listen: Wizard Smoke "Weakling"

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BEST OMG goth rap

After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com.more...
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com. less...

Best plugged-in avant-garde ensemble

It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group'smore...
It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group's cutting-edge concerts have included such innovations as a robot musician playing an acoustic instrument and a composition performed on a quartet of iPhones. Since 2006, the group has developed a devoted, predominantly younger audience through its music-and-technology mashups, and it reached a milestone in June by performing a 10-hour contemporary music marathon at the Woodruff Arts Center. By pairing such creative collisions with an increasing emphasis on younger living composers, Sonic Gen has helped raise the city's artistic profile a few notches on the national scene. distributedmusic.gatech.edu/sg less...

Best spandex-clad dance floor freak

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages.more...

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages. cousindan.tumblr.com.


Listen: Cousin Dan "Already Home"

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Best weekly club night for face-melting bass

Having one's face melted off every Friday may not sound like that much fun. But QUAD's weekly 18-and-up Melt romps do just that with ambitious lineups of the hottest local and international turntablists and drum 'n' bass, electro and dubstep DJs. 714 Spring St. 404-870-0040. quadatlanta.com.

Best concert venue

The Tabernacle

Best local DJ

DJ Ployd



Best pool hall

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

Best bartender

Adrienne Eoley



Best karaoke

Metalsome Monday 10 High Club

Best neighborhood for nightlife

East Atlanta Village

Best dive bar

Clermont lounge

Best hotel bar

Whisky Park

Best jazz club

Churchill Grounds

Best trivia night

The Independent

Best acoustic music club

Eddie's Attic

Best gay-themed night

The ManShaft

Best weekly club night

Wednesday night at MJQ MJQ Concourse
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Best concert venue

The Tabernacle

Best local DJ

DJ Ployd



Best pool hall

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

Best indie rock underdogs

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 new gay thing to happen outside of Midtown

Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's latest gay bar, The Cockpit, takes the cake. Imagine diving headfirst into a pit of ... well, you get the idea. With Atlanta's gaymore...
Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's latest gay bar, The Cockpit, takes the cake. Imagine diving headfirst into a pit of ... well, you get the idea. With Atlanta's gay scene still largely sequestered in Midtown, the Cockpit is a welcome and necessary addition to those who crave a bar off the beaten path. It's the only gay watering hole in Grant Park, not far from Mary's in East Atlanta, and an encouraging sign of the city's sprawling gay population. The cozy interior with exposed brick and a central bar houses a pool table, and the space includes a small outdoor patio. Also a rarity among gay bars, the Cockpit is smoke-free. But what's most appreciated is the location's down-to-earth attitude. Still, those Boulevard bears know to keep the Gaga blasting. 465 Boulevard. 404-343-2450. thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com. less...

Best off-the-radar place to see a local show

Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place along the southwestern stretch of the Beltline remain shrouded in secrecy. Imagine the Southern gothic atmosphere of a William Faulkner novel, channeledmore...
Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place along the southwestern stretch of the Beltline remain shrouded in secrecy. Imagine the Southern gothic atmosphere of a William Faulkner novel, channeled into a strange but beautiful outsider folk scene. Ramshackle and hobo-esque acts with names such as Pony Bones, Melissa Lonely, the Subliminator, and Shitty Bedford howl at the moon while carving out a sound that's anything but urbane. less...

Best bartender

Adrienne Eoley

Best karaoke

Metalsome Monday 10 High Club

Best neighborhood for nightlife

East Atlanta Village

Best 404 soul glo redux

He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed him some unlikely buds (Gwyneth Paltrow?), a judge's spot on "The Voice," and his very own Fuse TV talk-show couch. ceelogreen.com.

Best ambient composers

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmosphericsmore...

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmospherics with a sense of sophistication that eludes the rest. Each song on the group's full-length 2010 debut, Planet Plant, slowly drifts through the ether with a celestial ambiance as massive and mysterious as the universe itself. It's a sound that gives new meaning to the word ambient. qurious.bandcamp.com.


Listen: Qurious "Another Language"

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Best Atlanta-bred song and dance

It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beefmore...
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beef it up/watch me funk it out," Pimpin Duke and Mechi Man chant over percolating keys and a raw, unrefined bass line. But it's the YouTube-ready dance that's garnered the low-budget video more than a million views. Need some Beef tips? Picture Fred Sanford on the verge of a heart attack, throw in some old-school swagger, a little improvisation (the shovel, the lawnmower, the Rodney King), and a stone-cold zombie-like facial expression. Stir and serve hot. youtube.com/thecharlieboygang. less...

Best local overall act

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shiftingmore...

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shifting island in a miasmic sea of sensation. As for staying power, Greene's newly minted record deal with industry stronghold Sub Pop only affirms what those who have witnessed Washed Out's recent shows already know: This bedroom-pop blog darling has become quite the electro-fied entertainer. myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods.


Listen: Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed"

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Best dive bar

Clermont lounge

Best hotel bar

Whisky Park

Best jazz club

Churchill Grounds

Best trivia night

The Independent

Best experimental band

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But themore...

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But the impending release of the enigmatic group's debut album, Want For Wish For Nowhere (Hoss Records), proves that keeping experimental music interesting is a task at which this mysterious foursome excels. myspace.com/teamlyonnais.


Listen: Lyonnais "The Fatalist"

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Best local blues act

Rod Hamdallah
An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallahmore...

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallah has tricked out a sultry sound and presence that's recharging the blues. He's what the old heads who lurk in the shadows at the back of the bar refer to as the real deal, and they ain't lyin'. reverbnation.com/rodhamdallah.


Listen: Rod Hamdallah "Think About It"

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Best nautical-themed pop act

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticatedmore...

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticated foursome apart is a subtle seafaring aura that colors the music and sets its strings and swoon adrift. littletybee.muxtape.com.


Listen: Little Tybee "Passion Seekers"

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Best acoustic music club

Eddie's Attic
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