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Best local overall music act: Yacht Rock

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Runner-up: Constellations

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No one has done more to foster a sense of community within the electro-rock scene than SONEN. The group's monthly Laserbeam Kitty nights at the »more

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Yacht Rock Revue

Soft, soaring guitars, sugary keyboards, insipid vocals — this ain't your daddy's rock 'n' roll! Wait, yes it is. For YACHT ROCK REVUE, the past »more

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The W Downtown watering hole DRINKSHOP is where you go when you're rich, beautiful or hoping to brush shoulders with either (or preferably both). The »more

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Yo! Karaoke

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name — and your favorite karaoke jams. On a scale of neighborhood bars, Pal's Lounge falls somewhere »more

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Carnivores

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1140: The Overdose

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DJ DC The Brain Supreme

Whenever the economy goes south, strippers are the first to feel the pinch. Likely because, as Big K.R.I.T. raps, "[dudes] pay to get in, but »more

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Disco Funky with Romeo Cologne

Besides being Atlanta's oldest strip club (and featuring some of Atlanta's oldest strippers), Clermont Lounge remains the freakiest trip in town. And on Saturday nights, »more

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Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Egomaniacal frontmen (and women) take note. Lest there be any doubt about magnanimity in the ranks of the classy and copious SOULPHONICS & RUBY VELLE, »more

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