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Best local overall music act: The Wheeler Boys

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Best art-punk band

Dasher

Dasher has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the local art-punk scene. The group has received much praise for its »more

Best artist you can't avoid

2 Chainz

We love to hate 2 Chainz's seemingly comedic lyrics: "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty." But we're not joking when »more

Best band to groove on when you're feeling blue

Mood Rings

Hey loners, meet your new best friend. Sometimes, sitting with your own reflective contemplations just feels right, and the only companion you need is a »more

Best band to reignite the indie scene

Warehouse

Warehouse is Atlanta's best new band because it is A BAND - ALL CAPS. In lesser hands, a group with two guitars, bass, drums, and »more

Best bass music bomber

Mayhem

Dig into any number of Atlanta's various bass and electronic music scenes and one name continually rises above the din of bombastic swells, trap beats, »more

Best crossover electronic music maker

Distal

Atlanta electronic wunderkind Distal, aka Michael Rathbun, touches on dozens of styles and genres without losing sight of his own sonic identity. Distal's debut full-length, »more

Best dark horse producer

10th Letter

Experimental beat maker 10th Letter, aka Jeremi Johnson, creates an all-encompassing mix that's as psychedelic and abstract as it is deeply soulful and direct. His »more

Best electronic act

heRobust

To say that Hayden Kramer, aka Atlanta electronic marvel heRobust, is prolific would be an understatement. Over the last year, Kramer has mastered various electronic »more

Best experimental act

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 »more

Best improviser

Eric Fontaine

While much of saxophonist/clarinetist Eric Fontaine's musical catalog falls into the category of jazz composition, there is a growing output of his work that can »more

Best instrumentalist

Joe Sweat

Drummer Joe Sweat picked up his first pair of sticks at the age of 13. Ten years later, he's pounding the skins behind such powerful »more

Best metal band

Disfigurement

One hundred years from now, historians will look back on Atlanta in 2013 and discover it was the year of the beast - a time »more

Best mixtape

Scotty ATL's F.A.I.T.H.

With names such as Trinidad Jame$ and Big K.R.I.T. featured throughout Scotty ATL's latest mixtape tape, F.A.I.T.H. (Forever Atlanta in the Heart), the local MC »more

Best new soul music fixture

Gwen Bunn

With a distinctively jazz-coated and slightly off-kilter vocal style, singer Gwen Bunn has emerged as the most promising new voice in Atlanta's soul music scene. »more

Best new thug motivator

Rich Homie Quan

Eight long years after Young Jeezy came to motivate the thugs, and Rocko after him, Rich Homie Quan has picked up the motivational speaker mantle »more

Best overall musical act

Deerhunter

At this point, there's no stopping Deerhunter's total domination of the indie music scene both in Atlanta and beyond. After undergoing personnel changes this year »more

Best post-hardcore assault

Dead in the Dirt's The Blind Hole

Although terms such as "grindcore," "power violence," and "metal" serve their purpose, as the strains of post-hardcore music are subjected to increasingly grotesque over-genrefication, they »more

Best power violence provocateurs

Cheap Art

Atlanta's hardcore scene has been on a creative high, with power violence masters Cheap Art leading the charge. In the past year, the band has »more

Best punk band

WYMYNS PRYSYN

At a time when many of Atlanta's best underground rock bands are sticking with a defined sound, be it metal, noise, or hardcore, WYMYNS PRYSYN »more

Best rap recording by a visual artist

Fahamu Pecou's All Dat Glitters Aint Goals

Who knew that a guy who paints for a living could produce a great hip-hop album? Well, lo and behold, renowned Atlanta-based visual artist Fahamu »more

Best rockabilly recovery act

Caroline & the Ramblers

It's tough keeping a band together in this town. Imagine the double trauma of your longtime group breaking up on the eve of finishing your »more

Best songwriter

Blair Crimmins

After abandoning the conventions of alternative rock for which he came to be known with the band Bishop Don, Blair Crimmins became so enamored with »more

Best art-punk band

Dasher

Dasher has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the local art-punk scene. The group has received much praise for its »more

Best artist you can't avoid

2 Chainz

We love to hate 2 Chainz's seemingly comedic lyrics: "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty." But we're not joking when »more

Best band to groove on when you're feeling blue

Mood Rings

Hey loners, meet your new best friend. Sometimes, sitting with your own reflective contemplations just feels right, and the only companion you need is a »more

Best band to reignite the indie scene

Warehouse

Warehouse is Atlanta's best new band because it is A BAND - ALL CAPS. In lesser hands, a group with two guitars, bass, drums, and »more

Best bass music bomber

Mayhem

Dig into any number of Atlanta's various bass and electronic music scenes and one name continually rises above the din of bombastic swells, trap beats, »more

Best crossover electronic music maker

Distal

Atlanta electronic wunderkind Distal, aka Michael Rathbun, touches on dozens of styles and genres without losing sight of his own sonic identity. Distal's debut full-length, »more

Best dark horse producer

10th Letter

Experimental beat maker 10th Letter, aka Jeremi Johnson, creates an all-encompassing mix that's as psychedelic and abstract as it is deeply soulful and direct. His »more

Best electronic act

heRobust

To say that Hayden Kramer, aka Atlanta electronic marvel heRobust, is prolific would be an understatement. Over the last year, Kramer has mastered various electronic »more

Best experimental act

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 »more

Best improviser

Eric Fontaine

While much of saxophonist/clarinetist Eric Fontaine's musical catalog falls into the category of jazz composition, there is a growing output of his work that can »more

Best instrumentalist

Joe Sweat

Drummer Joe Sweat picked up his first pair of sticks at the age of 13. Ten years later, he's pounding the skins behind such powerful »more

Best metal band

Disfigurement

One hundred years from now, historians will look back on Atlanta in 2013 and discover it was the year of the beast - a time »more

Best mixtape

Scotty ATL's F.A.I.T.H.

With names such as Trinidad Jame$ and Big K.R.I.T. featured throughout Scotty ATL's latest mixtape tape, F.A.I.T.H. (Forever Atlanta in the Heart), the local MC »more

Best new soul music fixture

Gwen Bunn

With a distinctively jazz-coated and slightly off-kilter vocal style, singer Gwen Bunn has emerged as the most promising new voice in Atlanta's soul music scene. »more

Best new thug motivator

Rich Homie Quan

Eight long years after Young Jeezy came to motivate the thugs, and Rocko after him, Rich Homie Quan has picked up the motivational speaker mantle »more

Best overall musical act

Deerhunter

At this point, there's no stopping Deerhunter's total domination of the indie music scene both in Atlanta and beyond. After undergoing personnel changes this year »more

Best post-hardcore assault

Dead in the Dirt's The Blind Hole

Although terms such as "grindcore," "power violence," and "metal" serve their purpose, as the strains of post-hardcore music are subjected to increasingly grotesque over-genrefication, they »more

Best power violence provocateurs

Cheap Art

Atlanta's hardcore scene has been on a creative high, with power violence masters Cheap Art leading the charge. In the past year, the band has »more

Best punk band

WYMYNS PRYSYN

At a time when many of Atlanta's best underground rock bands are sticking with a defined sound, be it metal, noise, or hardcore, WYMYNS PRYSYN »more

Best rap recording by a visual artist

Fahamu Pecou's All Dat Glitters Aint Goals

Who knew that a guy who paints for a living could produce a great hip-hop album? Well, lo and behold, renowned Atlanta-based visual artist Fahamu »more

Best rockabilly recovery act

Caroline & the Ramblers

It's tough keeping a band together in this town. Imagine the double trauma of your longtime group breaking up on the eve of finishing your »more

Best songwriter

Blair Crimmins

After abandoning the conventions of alternative rock for which he came to be known with the band Bishop Don, Blair Crimmins became so enamored with »more

Killer Mike

The Adamsville rapper terrorizes like his childhood Jheri curl-wearing idols and inspires like his late grandmother, a civil rights activist. If you thought his 2012 »more

Martina McFlyy

She's a lady DJ who isn't afraid to sweat her perm out. And that ain't the half. Since graduating from Scratch DJ Academy two years »more

Noot d' Noot

No one gets a party started quite like Noot d' Noot. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, »more

Sofa King Evil

Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") »more

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