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AFTER DARK

Some things become passé with the passage of time. Like spandex biker shorts. Remember when those were hot? Other stuff transcends the era in which it was created. Sorta like oatmeal. It’s always on the menu.

Sure, it’s easy to take a young, all-female band such as the Coathangers, mash them up with the city’s oldest beer-can-crushing stripper, and label the former trendy and the latter timeless. But that barely scratches the surface. Because there’s nothing more timeless than watching a band full of cute twentysomethings provoke extreme reactions by throwing their femininity in everybody’s face. On the other hand, if you’ve never had Blondie jab you in the face with her tits at the Clermont Lounge, you have yet to receive a true gag gift.

Likewise, Atlanta’s emerging rock scene is brand-spanking new compared with the city’s entrenched rap industry. Yet bands such as the Black Lips and Deerhunter put Atlanta on blast in ‘07 with timeless techniques like DIY touring, grassroots promotion and buzz-worthy performances. Meanwhile, homegrown hip-hop relied on the viral marketing of YouTube dance-offs, mixtape massacres, and a fleeting fantasy to “Party Like a Rockstar.”

Just like the city, the vibe Atlanta emits is a little bit country and a little bit controversial. Put the two together and you get something greater than the sum of our parts.

Call it spandex-flavored oatmeal.


— Rodney Carmichael

Best Acoustic Music Club

Red Light Cafe

A great acoustic musician in a bad venue can be a six-string nightmare. Luckily, Atlanta is blessed with a great scene for the unplugged set, »more

Best After-Hours/Late-Night Spot

The Majestic

If you’re seeking a lively late-night perch, look no farther than the neon and fluorescent glory of THE MAJESTIC. The eye-catching, art-deco façade beckons a »more

Best Ballot Stuffers

Crazy Anglos

It’s a thin line between what we call ballot-stuffing and having a huge, supportive fan base. Every year one band runs away with the reader’s »more

Best Bar

The Local

It’s not the overly familiar watering hole of TV’s “Cheers,” but the atmosphere at THE LOCAL makes it a comfortable destination. The place is usually »more

Best Blues Club

Blind Willie's

In selecting the city’s best, you always strive to go beyond the obvious. But in this case, the obvious happens to be true: BLIND WILLIE’S »more

Best Club DJ

DJ Klever

Few DJs work as hard as DJ KLEVER. Some may offer more “exclusive” tracks you can’t hear anywhere else. Others may achieve a smoother-flowing set »more

Best Club Event

Mic Club

Now more than six years old, MIC CLUB is one of Midtown’s longest-running events. Every Tuesday night at Apache Café, beatboxer MC and promoter D.R.E.S. »more

Best Comedy Club

Punchline Comedy Club

The king of comedy in Atlanta is the PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB. Since 1982, the intimate venue has consistently offered the best roster of acts in »more

Best Concert Venue

Variety Playhouse

Located in the pulsing heart of boho mecca Little Five Points, indie-owned and -operated VARIETY PLAYHOUSE is a relaxed arena of hipness. Once a theater »more

Best Country Music Club

Wild Bill's

In a previous life, the building that houses WILD BILL’S was a Service Merchandise store. Where patrons used to browse the jewelry department, you can »more

Best Dance Club

MJQ Concourse

Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of »more

Best Dive Bar

Lenny's

Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the »more

Best Experimental Music Venue

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY is an experimental music institution. It’s Atlanta’s answer to such nationally heralded avant-garde venues as Tonic and the Kitchen in »more

Best Gay Club Night

Bazzaar

For much of 2006 a segment of Atlanta nightlife was a drag — because there wasn’t as much drag. The closing of Charlie Brown’s Cabaret »more

Best Georgia-Based Band MySpace Page

Soulja Boy

Some pop phenomena are impossible to ignore, especially when led by a lanky 17-year-old kid named DeAndre Way who calls himself SOULJA BOY. The Chicago-born, »more

Best Georgia-Based Music Blog

Cable & Tweed

Music blogs have become the homemade zines of our generation. Everybody has one, and most of them are completely useless. That’s why when a worthwhile »more

Best Lesbian Bar to Reopen

My Sister's Room

After shutting its doors last year to make way for a redevelopment project in Decatur, MY SISTER’S ROOM made its welcome return in June. The »more

Best Local Band That Broke Up

Partisan

PARTISAN hooked up in 2002, and four years later released The Gothic and the Gospel, an extraordinarily ambitious debut album. It mixed Afro-beat, Fugazi-era emo »more

Best Local Band You’ve Got to See to Believe

The Black Lips

On stage, THE BLACK LIPS explode with raw power that jitters in a stew of blood, sweat and haunted reverb. Somewhere along the journey from »more

Best Local Country Music Act

No River City

When Drew De Man sings about warding off bears on NO RIVER CITY’s second CD, Wolves and Fishes, one can almost see the teeth and »more

Best Local Electronic Act

Damon "Habersham" Fonooni

DAMON “HABERSHAM” FONOONI is typical of Atlanta’s electronic community: loved and appreciated abroad, but mostly ignored at home. As a DJ and producer who has »more

Best Local Experimental Music Act

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 »more

Best Local Folk Act

Jeff Evans, AKA Chicken & Pigs

JEFF EVANS, AKA CHICKENS & PIGS, can keep a room wrapped around his little finger by way of his epic, self-effacing tales of hard luck »more

Best Local Hip-hop Act That’s Not OutKast

Supreeme

This category could be titled “best local hip-hop act since OutKast.” SUPREEME is that good and that original — which is something that has been »more

Best Local Indie-Rock Act

Snowden

If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig »more

Best Local Instrumentalist

Ike Stubblefield

There’s a story about IKE STUBBLEFIELD when he was 15 years old and doing his first session with the Motown studio band. He knocked over »more

Best Local Jazz Act

The Jaspects

The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to »more

Best Local Label

Rob's House Records

When Vice magazine came from New York to report on the hottest bands in Atlanta, what label did it seek out? ROB’S HOUSE RECORDS — »more

Best Local MixTape DJ

Drama

No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don »more

Best Local New Music Act

The Coathangers

THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local »more

Best Local Overall Music Act

Deerhunter

It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the »more

Best Local Pop Band

One Hand Loves the Other

There are dozens of musical categories that could easily depict ONE HAND LOVES THE OTHER’s many faces. Electronic, R&B, modern classical and experimental music all »more

Best Local Promoter

Randy Castello and Tight Bros. Network

The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually »more

Best Local Record Producer

Aldrin "DJ" Toomp

Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His »more

Best Local Singer/Songwriter

JuJu B. Solomon

Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To »more

Best Music Video Shot in Atlanta

Mastodon's "Colony of Birchmen"

The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the »more

Best Old-School Drag Queen

Diamond Lil

Atlanta is truly lucky to have DIAMOND LIL in our midst. Of all the female illusionists who’ve graced the stages of the clubs and after-hours »more

Best Outdoor Music Venue

Criminal Records

For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but »more

Best Place to Hear Local Music

Lenny's

Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the »more

Best Place to Hear Music for Free

Aurora Coffee

Ah, we love those beans and beats. Want some music with that coffee concoction? The best place to hear music for free these days is »more

Best Pool Hall

Barley's Sports Bar and Lounge

Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music »more

Best Radio Drag Queen

Miss Sophia

Radio was the last thing on MISS SOPHIA’s mind when the cross-dressing comedian moved here from Houston to further her stage career. But since taking »more

Best Rock Club

The Earl

For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being »more

Best Rock Club that Closed

ISP

RIP stands for rest in peace, and ISP stands for Industrial Strength Promo. ISP was like an open-till-whenever convenience store for edgy music, art and »more

Best Strip Club

Strokers

Even swelling gas prices can’t stop folks from descending on STROKERS, the pleasure palace where parting with dollar bills never felt so liberating. Bottles aren’t »more

Best Strip Club to Get Your PBR Can Smashed

Clermont Lounge

When it comes to strip clubs, the CLERMONT LOUNGE stands at the topless, er, top of must-see Atlanta landmarks. Locals and visitors are drawn to »more

Best Urban Music Club

Sugarhill

No other venue captures the sonic and cultural diversity of Atlanta like SUGARHILL, an urban hang suite where underground legends, Blackberry professionals and occasional pop »more

Best Vocalist

Bernadette Seacrest

Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE »more

Timeless: Best Local Blues Act

Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck

The blues is a universal feeling that transcends languages, social status and the constraints of musical genre. DANNY “MUDCAT” DUDECK knows that feeling intimately. He »more

Trendy: Best Local Soul/R&B Act

Rahbi

When RAHBI takes the stage with a swagger that’s part pimp, part drag queen, it’s obvious why his arrival has caused such a stir among »more

Best Acoustic Music Club

Red Light Cafe

A great acoustic musician in a bad venue can be a six-string nightmare. Luckily, Atlanta is blessed with a great scene for the unplugged set, »more

Best After-Hours/Late-Night Spot

The Majestic

If you’re seeking a lively late-night perch, look no farther than the neon and fluorescent glory of THE MAJESTIC. The eye-catching, art-deco façade beckons a »more

Best Ballot Stuffers

Crazy Anglos

It’s a thin line between what we call ballot-stuffing and having a huge, supportive fan base. Every year one band runs away with the reader’s »more

Best Bar

The Local

It’s not the overly familiar watering hole of TV’s “Cheers,” but the atmosphere at THE LOCAL makes it a comfortable destination. The place is usually »more

Best Blues Club

Blind Willie's

In selecting the city’s best, you always strive to go beyond the obvious. But in this case, the obvious happens to be true: BLIND WILLIE’S »more

Best Club DJ

DJ Klever

Few DJs work as hard as DJ KLEVER. Some may offer more “exclusive” tracks you can’t hear anywhere else. Others may achieve a smoother-flowing set »more

Best Club Event

Mic Club

Now more than six years old, MIC CLUB is one of Midtown’s longest-running events. Every Tuesday night at Apache Café, beatboxer MC and promoter D.R.E.S. »more

Best Comedy Club

Punchline Comedy Club

The king of comedy in Atlanta is the PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB. Since 1982, the intimate venue has consistently offered the best roster of acts in »more

Best Concert Venue

Variety Playhouse

Located in the pulsing heart of boho mecca Little Five Points, indie-owned and -operated VARIETY PLAYHOUSE is a relaxed arena of hipness. Once a theater »more

Best Country Music Club

Wild Bill's

In a previous life, the building that houses WILD BILL’S was a Service Merchandise store. Where patrons used to browse the jewelry department, you can »more

Best Dance Club

MJQ Concourse

Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of »more

Best Dive Bar

Lenny's

Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the »more

Best Experimental Music Venue

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY is an experimental music institution. It’s Atlanta’s answer to such nationally heralded avant-garde venues as Tonic and the Kitchen in »more

Best Gay Club Night

Bazzaar

For much of 2006 a segment of Atlanta nightlife was a drag — because there wasn’t as much drag. The closing of Charlie Brown’s Cabaret »more

Best Georgia-Based Band MySpace Page

Soulja Boy

Some pop phenomena are impossible to ignore, especially when led by a lanky 17-year-old kid named DeAndre Way who calls himself SOULJA BOY. The Chicago-born, »more

Best Georgia-Based Music Blog

Cable & Tweed

Music blogs have become the homemade zines of our generation. Everybody has one, and most of them are completely useless. That’s why when a worthwhile »more

Best Lesbian Bar to Reopen

My Sister's Room

After shutting its doors last year to make way for a redevelopment project in Decatur, MY SISTER’S ROOM made its welcome return in June. The »more

Best Local Band That Broke Up

Partisan

PARTISAN hooked up in 2002, and four years later released The Gothic and the Gospel, an extraordinarily ambitious debut album. It mixed Afro-beat, Fugazi-era emo »more

Best Local Band You’ve Got to See to Believe

The Black Lips

On stage, THE BLACK LIPS explode with raw power that jitters in a stew of blood, sweat and haunted reverb. Somewhere along the journey from »more

Best Local Country Music Act

No River City

When Drew De Man sings about warding off bears on NO RIVER CITY’s second CD, Wolves and Fishes, one can almost see the teeth and »more

Best Local Electronic Act

Damon "Habersham" Fonooni

DAMON “HABERSHAM” FONOONI is typical of Atlanta’s electronic community: loved and appreciated abroad, but mostly ignored at home. As a DJ and producer who has »more

Best Local Experimental Music Act

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 »more

Best Local Folk Act

Jeff Evans, AKA Chicken & Pigs

JEFF EVANS, AKA CHICKENS & PIGS, can keep a room wrapped around his little finger by way of his epic, self-effacing tales of hard luck »more

Best Local Hip-hop Act That’s Not OutKast

Supreeme

This category could be titled “best local hip-hop act since OutKast.” SUPREEME is that good and that original — which is something that has been »more

Best Local Indie-Rock Act

Snowden

If you ask local concert promoters what they think about SNOWDEN, they’ll praise the band for its professionalism: The quartet turns up for a gig »more

Best Local Instrumentalist

Ike Stubblefield

There’s a story about IKE STUBBLEFIELD when he was 15 years old and doing his first session with the Motown studio band. He knocked over »more

Best Local Jazz Act

The Jaspects

The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to »more

Best Local Label

Rob's House Records

When Vice magazine came from New York to report on the hottest bands in Atlanta, what label did it seek out? ROB’S HOUSE RECORDS — »more

Best Local MixTape DJ

Drama

No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don »more

Best Local New Music Act

The Coathangers

THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local »more

Best Local Overall Music Act

Deerhunter

It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the »more

Best Local Pop Band

One Hand Loves the Other

There are dozens of musical categories that could easily depict ONE HAND LOVES THE OTHER’s many faces. Electronic, R&B, modern classical and experimental music all »more

Best Local Promoter

Randy Castello and Tight Bros. Network

The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually »more

Best Local Record Producer

Aldrin "DJ" Toomp

Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His »more

Best Local Singer/Songwriter

JuJu B. Solomon

Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To »more

Best Music Video Shot in Atlanta

Mastodon's "Colony of Birchmen"

The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the »more

Best Old-School Drag Queen

Diamond Lil

Atlanta is truly lucky to have DIAMOND LIL in our midst. Of all the female illusionists who’ve graced the stages of the clubs and after-hours »more

Best Outdoor Music Venue

Criminal Records

For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but »more

Best Place to Hear Local Music

Lenny's

Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the »more

Best Place to Hear Music for Free

Aurora Coffee

Ah, we love those beans and beats. Want some music with that coffee concoction? The best place to hear music for free these days is »more

Best Pool Hall

Barley's Sports Bar and Lounge

Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music »more

Best Radio Drag Queen

Miss Sophia

Radio was the last thing on MISS SOPHIA’s mind when the cross-dressing comedian moved here from Houston to further her stage career. But since taking »more

Best Rock Club

The Earl

For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being »more

Best Rock Club that Closed

ISP

RIP stands for rest in peace, and ISP stands for Industrial Strength Promo. ISP was like an open-till-whenever convenience store for edgy music, art and »more

Best Strip Club

Strokers

Even swelling gas prices can’t stop folks from descending on STROKERS, the pleasure palace where parting with dollar bills never felt so liberating. Bottles aren’t »more

Best Strip Club to Get Your PBR Can Smashed

Clermont Lounge

When it comes to strip clubs, the CLERMONT LOUNGE stands at the topless, er, top of must-see Atlanta landmarks. Locals and visitors are drawn to »more

Best Urban Music Club

Sugarhill

No other venue captures the sonic and cultural diversity of Atlanta like SUGARHILL, an urban hang suite where underground legends, Blackberry professionals and occasional pop »more

Best Vocalist

Bernadette Seacrest

Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE »more

Timeless: Best Local Blues Act

Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck

The blues is a universal feeling that transcends languages, social status and the constraints of musical genre. DANNY “MUDCAT” DUDECK knows that feeling intimately. He »more

Trendy: Best Local Soul/R&B Act

Rahbi

When RAHBI takes the stage with a swagger that’s part pimp, part drag queen, it’s obvious why his arrival has caused such a stir among »more

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