88.5-FM (WRAS), Album 88 GSU's college-rock leader; home to a staggering number of self-conscious bands you've never heard of.
89.3-FM (WRFG), Radio Free Georgia Community-supported NPR for ham radio operators and Ralph Nader supporters.
90.1-FM (WABE) Kickin' it old (people)-school with classical music -- NPR style.
91.1-FM (WREK) Georgia Tech's home for eclectic sounds, with an emphasis on punishing noise.
94.1-FM (WSTR), Star 94 Justin Timberlake, Barenaked Ladies; aural Wonder Bread.
96.1-FM (WLKS), 96 Rock Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Godsmack; cross-generation testosterone indulgence.
99.7-FM (WNNX), 99X Linkin Park, Pearl Jam; the "hold" music at every trade school in the country.
101.5-FM (WKHX), Kicks 101 Shania Twain, Faith Hill; sanitized pop for suburban stay-at-home moms.
103.3-FM (WVEE), V-103 R&B with extra melisma, please -- and rap, too, as long as it doesn't get too hard.
105.3-FM (WMAX) Duran Duran, Howard Jones; oldies for people too young for nostalgia (or so they thought).
107.9-FM (WHAT), Hot 107.9 All crunk, all the time.
TOP 10 LOCAL RECORD STORES
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1. Book Nook, 3073 N. Druid Hills Road, 404-633-1342. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
2. Criminal, 466 Moreland Ave., 404-215-9511. Buys/sells new/used CDs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
3. Earwax, 1052 Peachtree St., 404-875-5600. Sells new/used CDs, LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
4. Eat More Records, 1210 Rockbridge Road, Norcross, 770-717-8111. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
5. Ella Guru, 2993 N. Druid Hills Road, 404-325-1350. Buys/sells new/used CDs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
6. Fantasyland, 2839 Peachtree Road, 404-237-3193. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
7. Full Moon, 1653 McLendon Ave., 404-377-1919. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
8. Satellite Records, 421 Moreland Ave., 404-880-9746. Sells new CDs and vinyl. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
9. Wax N Facts, 432 Moreland Ave., 404-525-2275. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
10. Wuxtry, 2096 N. Decatur Road, 404-329-0020. Buys/sells new/used CDs and LPs. Rarities (); magazines (); staff attitude (); overall selection ().
Aquemini Records. Platinum rap duo OutKast's label specializes in what you'd expect. Marquee acts include Killer Mike and Slim Calhoun.
Arc the Finger. A new rock label, ATF plans a series of compilations and full-length releases. Artists include Royal 7 and SideStep. www.arcthefinger.com.
Atlanta International Records. Premier contemporary gospel label. Artists include Dottie Peoples and the Barnes Family. www.airgospel.com.
Big Oomp Records. Urban music with maximum impact. Marquee acts include Baby D, Loko, DJ Jelly and DJ Montay. 404-758-4210.
Daemon Records. Decatur label with the highest profile and indie cred of the pack; helmed by Indigo Girl Amy Ray. Artists include Danielle Howle and Nineteen Forty-Five. www.daemonrecords.com.
Break 'Em Off Records. Specializes in Southern hip-hop and R&B. Roster includes Bone Crusher, Lady Ice, Bizar and Jack Frost. www.breakemoffrecords.com.
ColliPark Records. Producer Michael "DJ Smurf" Crooms' label focuses on Southern rap. Marquee acts include Sammy Sam, Ying Yang Twins and Kizzy Rock. 678-545-1365.
Def Jam South. A rap staple and home to Ludacris. www.defjamsouth.com.
Ghostmeat. Athens-based label formed nine years ago by Sunbrain guitarist Russ Hallauer; albums by the Lures, Hayride and Vaudeville, along with six AthFest compilations. www.ghostmeat.com.
Imperial Fuzz. Steve Libbey's scratchy pop-art empire. Artists include the Shut Ups, Minamina Goodsong, Diana Obscura. www.imperialfuzz.com.
International Hits. Label and informal fraternity for like-minded local rock bands including the HOTS, the Sightseers and Good Friday Experiment. www.internationalhits.com.
Kindercore. The roster of this Athens-based label is bright and fizzy with a lingering, tangy aftertaste. Artists include Dressy Bessy, the Agenda and I Am the World Trade Center. www.kindercore.com.
Moodswing. Moody indie growlers who love fuzzy guitars and impressive graphics. Artists include Heinous Bienfang, Copa Vance and Rizzudo. www.moodswingrecords.com.
Orange Twin. Athens label and conservation headquarters serves as home to Elf Power's Laura Carter -- with a forest of psychedelic acts including the Instruments, the Gerbils and an online art store. www.orangetwin.com.
Pitch-A-Tent. Athens-based and co-operated by Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery and Velena Vego of the 40 Watt Club. Home to Camper, Kitty Snyder, Koester and Champale. www.pitch-a-tent.com.
Real Deal Records. Boxer Evander Holyfield's label. Signings include gospel acts Lexi and Regina, and R&B group 4 Shades. www.realdealrecords.com.
Shut Eye. Pete Knapp's music, management, licensing and booking consortium has released a series of compilations and full-length albums. Artists include Nillah, Andy Browne and Michael Levine. www.shuteyerecords.com.
So So Def. Jermaine Dupri's homebase, now linked with Arista Records. Once home to Lil Bow Wow, Jagged Edge; still home to Da Brat, Bone Crusher and JD himself. www.sosodef.com.
Southern Tracks. Old-school Southern rock and country from the Bill Lowery business model. Artists include Jerry Reed, Dirk Howell, Bertie Higgins and Lewis Grizzard. www.lowerymusic.com.
Table of the Elements. Avant garde, with a specialization in of early minimalism. Artists include Tony Conrad, John Cale, Rhys Chatham and former locals San Agustin. www.tableoftheelements.com.
Two Sheds Records. Founded by John Graham in 2000. Host to a slew of Atlanta and Athens bands; often promotes label showcases. Artists include Young Antiques, Faith Kleppinger, Silent Kids, Jet By Day, 3D5SPD and Ashen. www.twoshedsrecords.com.
Velocette Records. Formed from the ashes of Macon's Capricorn Records. Roster includes Athens bands Jucifer, the Glands, Brute and Kevn Kinney. www.velocetterecords.com.
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