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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 country music club BOA Award Winner

Wild Bill's

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Breaking Bad by DJ Mudfish

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Pocket the Moon

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Wes Green

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

iLounge

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

529

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Best gay-themed night BOA Award Winner

The ManShaft

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Joe McGuinness

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

Best sex club BOA Award Winner


Best event space-turned-dubstep destination BOA Award Winner

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 local producer BOA Award Winner

BEST MTV-approved arena rock BOA Award Winner

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 name BOA Award Winner

Almost Kings

Best burlesque troup BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best country music club BOA Award Winner

Wild Bill's

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Breaking Bad by DJ Mudfish

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Pocket the Moon

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Wes Green

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

iLounge

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

529

Best band to rise above punk's pigeonholes BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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 BOA Award Winner

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.
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