Every local music scene has its epicenter -- and Atlanta's ever-shifting ground zero for the indie rock world is THE EARL
. A gritty, funky, dimly lit, smoky and crowded room, the Earl features a diverse slate of talent: Local regulars include the Tom Collins and the Yum Yum Tree. The front room is the place to see and be seen for local tastemakers and assorted freaks, and the back room's muddy, uneven sound has been rapidly improving thanks to an upgraded PA system.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.