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Best Local Experimental Music Act

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Readers Pick
TIE: Dux AND The Difference Machine

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Dialogue
A Berklee College of Music graduate and classically trained pianist making a hard left into extreme noise seems like an unexpected move. But when Alexa Lima joins forces with Keith William of Atlanta hip-hop outfit Wake, their talents come together in a wash of abstract sound called DIALOGUE. The collaborationmore...
A Berklee College of Music graduate and classically trained pianist making a hard left into extreme noise seems like an unexpected move. But when Alexa Lima joins forces with Keith William of Atlanta hip-hop outfit Wake, their talents come together in a wash of abstract sound called DIALOGUE. The collaboration began as a means of deconstructing Lima’s 2015 self-titled EP. Paired with William’s noisy impulses, Lima’s modern classical compositions are deconstructed to reveal a universe of hidden possibilities through sampling and an avant-garde approach to sound. This year, their efforts culminated in a hypnotic visual compilation titled “Study No. 3,” in which any semblance of hip-hop production or traditional structure melts into a haze of open-ended sonic texture. To call the result of their deep musical interaction noise sells their works short. But to call it anything else is misleading. On stage, they run a turntable into a sampler and synthesizers. William samples and manipulates records live while Lima plays keys and twists knobs. The music is composed, but done in a language that’s singular to this pairing of musicians. Abstractions, a debut cassette featuring Lima’s EP on the A-side and Dialogue’s deconstruction on the flip side, is due out in September. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT6SaypdpPk. less...

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

2015 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Cave Bat

Best Local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2015 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Jungol
jungol.net

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2017 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Cousin Dan

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Hubcap City (from Belgium)
Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressivelymore...

Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressively evolving variations that led ultimately to HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM). Taft, guitarist Matthew Proctor, and drummer Will Fratesi manufacture soundscapes and auditory portraits derived from their subjective life experiences filtered through a prism of alternating urban blight and hope. Of course, the group also has a song cycle inspired by the record reviews in Sassy magazine, too. If there is ever a documentary made on the “Cabbagetown sound,” Hubcap City (from Belgium) would be a vital component.
www.members.aol.com/n10j27b82/hubcapcity.html.

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Rhinoctopus

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Deerhunter
DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the bordersmore...

DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the borders of coherent song structure, and it utilizes the blank spaces inside the notes, which leaves plenty of room to roam around inside a wash of graceful guitar noise, clutter and kraut-rock rhythms. Its competent take on less-than-orthodox sounds blossomed in only a few short years from lo-fi, “kitchen avant-garde” home recordings to a viable tenant of the pop avant-garde that gives a nod to everyone from Rhys Chatham to Stereolab.
www.notownsound.net.

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Black Meat

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Tree Creature
Amid the backdrop of Atlanta’s various fringe electro-noise and experimental acts, TREE CREATURE tests the boundaries of noise, pop and minimalism while diving headlong into a blissfully distinctive world of sound. One could easily file the group under “electronic music,” butmore...

Amid the backdrop of Atlanta’s various fringe electro-noise and experimental acts, TREE CREATURE tests the boundaries of noise, pop and minimalism while diving headlong into a blissfully distinctive world of sound. One could easily file the group under “electronic music,” but Tree Creature never once brings a laptop to the stage. Instead it chooses the analog route to craft spacey and ethereal ambiance. By comparison with the harsh noise of fellow local contender Black Meat, Tree Creature’s long, undulating waves of angelic drones and repeating musical phrases are much more inviting, and always make for a palatable and social backdrop to any of the group’s weekly performances at house parties or low-key venues, such as Eyedrum or 11:11 Teahouse.


www.myspace.com/treecreature

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Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Deerhunter

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Zano

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Richard Devine

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Facehugger
One of the most disconcerting acts to grace Atlanta stages in 2009, FACEHUGGER creates an atmosphere that eclipses the normal exuberance experienced at a live show. Drawing from a palette of proto-industrial noise and pop grooves in the vein of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and even Joy Division, the groupmore...
One of the most disconcerting acts to grace Atlanta stages in 2009, FACEHUGGER creates an atmosphere that eclipses the normal exuberance experienced at a live show. Drawing from a palette of proto-industrial noise and pop grooves in the vein of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and even Joy Division, the group turns out a surprisingly pleasing sound both antiquated and surreal. But the aggressive, hyper-manic performance of vocalist John Hannah is enough to jar an entire audience out of its comfort zone. www.myspace.com/facehuggeratl. less...

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Deerhunter

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Critics Pick
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 local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Lyonnais

Best experimental band BOA Award Winner

2011 » After Dark » Critics Pick
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 experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2011 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Nerdkween

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

2012 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Faun and a Pan Flute
Best known for orchestrating layers of winding and bucolic rhythms that evoke equal parts Can's hypnotic rhythms and the Grateful Dead's hippie-dippie ways, Faun and a Pan Flute is the most engaging act of the last year to spring from Atlanta's esoteric rock underbelly. With a lineup that generally settlesmore...
Best known for orchestrating layers of winding and bucolic rhythms that evoke equal parts Can's hypnotic rhythms and the Grateful Dead's hippie-dippie ways, Faun and a Pan Flute is the most engaging act of the last year to spring from Atlanta's esoteric rock underbelly. With a lineup that generally settles in at around nine players, the group has transformed from a ragtag math rock band into a much larger ensemble that knows no musical bounds. Since former Street Violence vocalist Suzanne Baker joined the group, her voice has become a calming agent that has redirected the Fauns to explore a nuanced kaleidoscope of sound where every horn, guitar, and drum arrangement is an essential component to the whole. Don't let the saxophone and long hair fool you, there's nothing jammy about Faun and a Pan Flute. Every note, every crashing melody, and every breath this group takes contributes to an unorthodox musical method that is distinct and deliberate. www.faunandapanflute.bandcamp.com. less...

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2012 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Gun Party

Best experimental act BOA Award Winner

2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Jungol
The electronic-tinged local rock innovator Jungol has created a beautiful and twisted film and soundtrack project dubbed Go Softly. The group's core members, twin brothers Josh and Graham Yoder, have long probed the outer limits of the imagination with reverb-heavy electronic rock. With Go Softly, themore...
The electronic-tinged local rock innovator Jungol has created a beautiful and twisted film and soundtrack project dubbed Go Softly. The group's core members, twin brothers Josh and Graham Yoder, have long probed the outer limits of the imagination with reverb-heavy electronic rock. With Go Softly, the group reaches even further into the realms of the strange and surreal. Released as a series of short vignettes via YouTube, the abstract film follows a few different characters communing with nature in various ways. Each scene is drenched in surreal colors that flood the synapses with disjointed narratives and themes that are at once pleasant and nightmarish. The film's musical score creates a dreamlike ambiance with bouncy rhythms and a totally psychedelic vibe. Together, the resulting sound and vision is hypnotizing, eerie, and sometimes just plain weird. www.jungol.net. less...

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2013 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Skymatic

Best local experimental music act BOA Award Winner

2014 » After Dark » Readers Pick
HYDRABADD
soundcloud.com/hydrabadd

2018 Critics Pick: Best Experimental Act BOA Award Winner

2018 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
See Chad Radford's March 2018 cover story Music Of the moment: Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel's long strange trip into the aether.

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