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After Dark

A new era of nightlife has arrived in Atlanta, but it didn't happen overnight. Over the last several years, the city has redefined itself as a vibrant place where traditional, trendy, experimental, edgy, and exotic sounds collide. Case in point: Edgewood Avenue. In the last five years, the revitalized stretch of street near the corner of Boulevard has become well established as Atlanta's nightlife vanguard. Thanks to newer venues such as Erosol/Department Store and older ones such as Church and the Sound Table that helped start the nightlife renaissance here, you can find hip-hop, EDM, rock 'n' roll, Caribbean rhythms, house music, karaoke, or a marching band full of tubas any night of the week.

On Buford Highway, drag gets the dinner theater treatment at Lips Atlanta. Behind the establishment's unassuming exterior, lavish costumes, over-the-top interior design, and some of the region's best performers make for one of the city's most electric drag productions.

Exceptional musicianship revealed itself in 2014 through the likes of burgeoning songwriter Eliot Bronson, indie rockers Warehouse, marimba player Chris Childs, and dozens of other fresh faces. At the same time, Atlanta legacy acts such as Mastodon and Black Lips rolled out stellar albums. Even the almighty OutKast returned to the stage after spending more than a decade in limbo. Seeing each of these long-running ATL ambassadors return for a strong year serves as a reminder of just how deep our city's roots run.

The A3C hip-hop festival's 10th year looks to be its biggest yet. The metal scene continues grinding along as Hellgoat trolls the depths of demonic riffage. And Dasher's post-punk/hardcore dirge has continued to draw national attention. For this year's Best of Atlanta issue, we went backstage for an insider's look at some of the winners. It's easy to get caught up in the image that Young Thug brings to the covers of magazines such as Complex and the Fader. But he wouldn't be the cultural enigma he is if not for the contributions of his cohorts and producers Dun Deal, TM88, and Southside.

Sometimes, witnessing the process of what goes on behind the curtain is just as important as seeing it all unfold for a live audience. As our man Fort Knox says any time he steps onto a stage to host a hip-hop event, "It's gonna be HEAVEE, HEAVEE HEAVEE!"

— Chad Radford, Music Editor

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

Violet Chachki

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

"Our Streets" by Stokeswood

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

Latest Disgrace
latestdisgrace.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bosco
hellobosco.com

Best live act BOA Award Winner

RalphandLouie
soundcloud.com/ralphandlouie

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Kebbi Williams and The Wolfpack
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Best neighborhood for nightlife BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta
eaca.net

Best sex club BOA Award Winner

Best stripper other than Blondie BOA Award Winner

Barbie (Clermont Lounge)

Best bouncer BOA Award Winner

Greg Meah

Best instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Chris Childs

Best local album BOA Award Winner

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic's New Hometown AND Levi Lowrey's self-titled album

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic's New Hometown


www.connorchristian.com


AND


Levi Lowrey's self-titled album


www.levilowrey.com

Best local bluegrass act BOA Award Winner

The Whiskey Gentry

Best local classical music act BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

HYDRABADD
soundcloud.com/hydrabadd

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Freakstep Records

Best drag queen BOA Award Winner

Violet Chachki

Best experimental music motivator BOA Award Winner

Mission Trips

Best local music video BOA Award Winner

"Our Streets" by Stokeswood

Best mixtape BOA Award Winner

Pulp Fiction

Best new hip-hop superstar BOA Award Winner

Young Thug

Best songwriter BOA Award Winner

Eliot Bronson

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

Latest Disgrace
latestdisgrace.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bosco
hellobosco.com

Best of the fests: Excuse to put on BOA Award Winner

TomorrowWorld

Best post-punk salvo BOA Award Winner

Warehouse's 'Tesseract'

Best band BOA Award Winner

Mastodon
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act formore...
In June, MASTODON released its sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun. It arrived as a slab of hooky hard rock and immediately became the band’s highest charting record yet, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. True metal heads are quick to eat their own. It’s been a delicate balancing act for the band to craft those tangled and monstrous riffs that keep longtime fans headbanging, while pushing the group further toward commercial success. The 11 songs on Once More ’Round the Sun hit the sweet spot. Credibility on both fronts comes thundering in on such sleek, stately, but still brutally skull-crushing songs such as “Tread Lightly,” “High Road,” and “Diamond in the Witch House.” Mastodon’s fusion of the prog/sludge perfection of such past victories as Leviathan (2004) and Blood Mountain (2006) constrict around tempered pop-metal the group brought with Crack the Skye (2009) and The Hunter (2011). The group’s endless touring schedule has left a deep impact. Once More ’Round the Sun resonates with the same almighty roar that catapulted these mammoth rockers far out into the cosmos. www.mastodonrocks.com. less...

Best band to sharpen post-punk’s teeth and claws BOA Award Winner

Dasher
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. Themore...
DASHER is still a bit of a homegrown secret, but that shouldn’t last long. Dasher made its vinyl debut in May to rave reviews with the Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch “Go Rambo” b/w “Time Flys.” Shortly after, the band joined local lady punks the Coathangers on Suicide Squeeze Records’ roster. The group’s dark and driving sound is a hybrid of post-punk and hardcore. Singer, principal songwriter, and drummer Kylee Kimbrough enabled the band’s ascent when she set a permanent lineup for the group with guitarist Kelly Stroup (Manic) and bassist David Michaud (Uniform). The band adapts to any noisy, gnarly show by laying waste to everything in earshot. dasher2.bandcamp.com. less...

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