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After Dark

Shouting out Atlanta's latest and greatest of the after-dark hours in our Best of issue has become an annual litmus test for the city's place on a larger cultural map. From the outside looking in, avant-garde rockers Deerhunter are still riding the wave of their fifth, and possibly career-defining, album Monomania. On the radio, the pep rally bellow of "2 Chainzzz" has become impossible to avoid. But here at home, in the wake of the country's recent economic woes, Atlanta's musical communities have grown tighter, the sounds that bind each one becoming increasingly defined. This year, a homegrown metal scene - best personified by the black-clad headbangers of Disfigurement and their growing fascination with the outlandish, gory aesthetics of a classic '80s sound - became a dominant force. Underground MC Scotty ATL broke adventurous new ground with his F.A.I.T.H. mixtape.

From Mayhem to heRobust to Distal, electronic music pushed the outer limits of club music. Progress and nostalgia found equal footing in Atlanta over the last year. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the ragtime and jittery rock of Cabbagetown songwriter Blair Crimmins' latest album, Sing-a-Longs. Fresh trends are revealing themselves in the likes of young indie rockers Warehouse, drummer Joe Sweat, and rising hip-hop star Rich Homie Quan. Naming the city's best artists is no easy task. We're lucky there's so much incredible talent to choose from.

— Chad Radford, Music Editor

Best neighborhood for nightlife BOA Award Winner

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East Atlanta

Best nightlife event BOA Award Winner

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Iris ESP 101 Learn To Believe

Best OTP Music Venue BOA Award Winner

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Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

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529 Bar

Best place to hear music for free BOA Award Winner

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529 Bar

Best place to play pool BOA Award Winner

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The Independent

Best sex club BOA Award Winner

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Trapeze

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

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Taco Mac Virginia Highlands
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

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Pink Pony

Best stripper who's not Blondie BOA Award Winner

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TIE: Barbie and Peaches from Clermont Lounge

Best trivia night BOA Award Winner

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Diesel Filling Station

Best urban music club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse

Best weekly club night BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge
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Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

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Silky Johnson
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Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

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The Wheeler Boys

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

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Justin Padron

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

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Iris Presents

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

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Anthony David

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

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Stokeswood
www.stokeswood.nethttp://www.stokeswood.net/

Best local songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Sonia Leigh
www.sonialeigh.comhttp://www.sonialeigh.com/

Best local studio BOA Award Winner

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Studio 882
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Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Sonia Leigh
www.sonialeigh.comhttp://www.sonialeigh.com

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge

Best metal band BOA Award Winner

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Disfigurement

Best mixtape BOA Award Winner

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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 is moving from the Atlanta underground to the forefront of hip-hop. On F.A.I.T.H. he teamed up with DJ Burn One, a collaboration that benefitedmore...
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 is moving from the Atlanta underground to the forefront of hip-hop. On F.A.I.T.H. he teamed up with DJ Burn One, a collaboration that benefited both artists, pushing them further musically than they would have gone on their own. Standout track "My Shoes" is a smooth, soul-influenced testimonial about perseverance, dedication, and overcoming adversity. F.A.I.T.H. includes rapid-fire verses from Starlito and Killa Kyleon and pulls from the best of both mainstream and underground hip-hop, making the mixtape his most solid creation yet. www.scottyatl.net. less...

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

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Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Best neighborhood for nightlife BOA Award Winner

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East Atlanta

Best new soul music fixture BOA Award Winner

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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. Bunn made a splash in 2012 by lending her talents to saxophonist Darryl Reeves' album Mercury on the remake of Roy Ayers' classic "Every Timemore...
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. Bunn made a splash in 2012 by lending her talents to saxophonist Darryl Reeves' album Mercury on the remake of Roy Ayers' classic "Every Time I See You." Later that year, she grabbed mainstream shine by repeatedly winning "Wild Out Wednesday," a talent contest on BET's "106 & Park." Her streak continued into 2013, when she joined forces with acclaimed producer/musician Zo! to record the bouncy track "Count to Five," the first single from his latest release, ManMade. Bunn also handled co-production duties on rapper Schoolboy Q's "Collard Greens," featuring hip-hop darling Kendrick Lamar. On top of all that, she's currently putting the finishing touches on Melody Dungeon, her second self-produced album, which includes the ultra-mellow, super-dreamy track "Epitome" that's been building buzz for months. www.reverbnation.com/gwenbunn. less...

Best new thug motivator BOA Award Winner

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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 for a new generation. His accent is as "Aalanna" as it gets, seemingly rendering his music in a coded language. The infectious glide of his "Type of Way" singlemore...
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 for a new generation. His accent is as "Aalanna" as it gets, seemingly rendering his music in a coded language. The infectious glide of his "Type of Way" single placed him in his own lane, garnering shout-outs from coast to coast. Here in his hometown, he's shaken off early comparisons to fellow Atlanta rapper Future by writing songs that boast about being "rich" in the spirit - not necessarily in the bank - which makes you want to join in the chant, rather than just rob him. www.twitter.com/RichHomieQuan. less...

Best nightlife event BOA Award Winner

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Iris ESP 101 Learn To Believe

Best OTP Music Venue BOA Award Winner

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Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best overall musical act BOA Award Winner

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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 - including the departure of bassist Josh Fauver, followed by the addition of Frankie Broyles (guitar) and Josh McKay (bass) - the quintetmore...
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 - including the departure of bassist Josh Fauver, followed by the addition of Frankie Broyles (guitar) and Josh McKay (bass) - the quintet has continued to excel on every front. 2013's Monomania, Deerhunter's most raucous release since 2007's Cryptograms, is an unabashed love letter to garage rock's avant-garde outer limits. In April, the group premiered the album's title track on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Frontman Bradford Cox used every chance to translate the band's signature live spectacle to the night owl audience, resulting in an unrefined performance over which many people are still scratching their heads. In June, the group curated the annual All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, U.K., taking full advantage of such a massive stage by performing its albums Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest in their entireties, and placing ATL outsiders Lonnie Holley and Hollow Stars alongside notable acts such as the Breeders, Steve Reich, Panda Bear, and more. Five albums in, Deerhunter has surpassed more music industry high points than most bands ever dream about. www.deerhuntertheband.blogspot.com. less...

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

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529 Bar

Best place to hear music for free BOA Award Winner

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529 Bar

Best place to play pool BOA Award Winner

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The Independent

Best post-hardcore assault BOA Award Winner

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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 also place constraints on both the band and the audience's expectations. Dead in the Dirt's The Blind Hole (Southernmore...
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 also place constraints on both the band and the audience's expectations. Dead in the Dirt's The Blind Hole (Southern Lord Records), could be filed under any one of these subheadings. The record's power lies in its ability to smash through those barriers. Culminating in a storm of 22 songs that whiz by in less than 25 minutes, tempos phase up and down as a pastiche of sonic textures, distortion, and weirdo samples add a fourth dimension to the music. Songs such as "Swelling," "Strength Through Restraint," and "Idiot Bliss" test the limits of traditional hardcore by lumbering along at a grinding pace without losing an ounce of their crushing weight. "Cop" and "No Chain" blend lightning-fast energy with brutal low-end grind that deliver heady blasts of existential angst. All of Dead in the Dirt's music strives to reach into deeper, darker levels of the human condition, transcending whatever it was you thought grindcore, hardcore, and metal were all about. www.deadinthedirt.bandcamp.com. less...

Best power violence provocateurs BOA Award Winner

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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 expanded both its sound and its membership, going from a duo to a four-piece since forming in December of 2011. Cheap Art's DIY commitment to play anywhere atmore...
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 expanded both its sound and its membership, going from a duo to a four-piece since forming in December of 2011. Cheap Art's DIY commitment to play anywhere at any time ended up putting the band in contact with two out-of-town hardcore labels that split-released its Desocialized 7-inch this summer. The group is quickly cementing itself as a standard bearer in a thriving hardcore scene. www.cheapart.bandcamp.com. less...

Best punk band BOA Award Winner

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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 remains almost impossible to pin down. It's noisy and obtuse, yet also catchy and melodic. In the past few years, WP's full-volume live assault has improved withmore...
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 remains almost impossible to pin down. It's noisy and obtuse, yet also catchy and melodic. In the past few years, WP's full-volume live assault has improved with each new release, culminating in this year's four-song 7-inch for local label No Breaks. The band's sound, image, and touring practices are all rooted in a strong DIY ethic. After shuffling through a number of drummers, WP settled on the skill and experience of Bobby Michaud (Brain Flannel, Double Negative). Bassist Josh Feigert's artwork is incorporated into every release for a blitz that pummels the eyes as well as the ears. www.wymynsprysyn.bandcamp.com. less...

Best rap recording by a visual artist BOA Award Winner

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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 Pecou did just that when he crafted the All Dat Glitters Aint Goals EP. Based on a series of paintings of the same name, the five-song project features vocalsmore...
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 Pecou did just that when he crafted the All Dat Glitters Aint Goals EP. Based on a series of paintings of the same name, the five-song project features vocals by Pecou and a bevy of hip-hop luminaries, including Stic.Man of Dead Prez, Boog Brown, Methuzulah, Mike Flo, G.R.E.A.T. Scott, Starchile, Clan Destined, and more. Like his visual art, Pecou's songs explore themes of materialism, black masculinity, and fatherhood - and they do so via creatively crafted lyrics and boom-bap-flavored beats on par with some of Atlanta's best hip-hop releases this year. www.fahamupecouistheshit.bandcamp.com. less...

Best rockabilly recovery act BOA Award Winner

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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 first album, and having to put together a completely new lineup to keep things moving. Caroline Hull Engel, singer and guitarist for Caroline & the Ramblers did justmore...
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 first album, and having to put together a completely new lineup to keep things moving. Caroline Hull Engel, singer and guitarist for Caroline & the Ramblers did just that in 2013. For more than 20 years, Caroline has been Atlanta's rockabilly and honky tonk queen, sporting a powerful voice, great material, and a band that's matched to her vocal prowess. Just as the group was putting the final touches on its debut album, the band imploded. But when Caroline sets her mind to making something happen, it's gonna get done. Without wasting a single moment, she formed a new group, featuring guitarist Danny Arana, bassist Big Joel G, and drummer Mike Z, to rise from the ashes and reclaim the Ramblers' rightful place amid Atlanta's roots music scene with fresh energy and renewed confidence. www.reverbnation.com/carolineandtheramblers. less...

Best sex club BOA Award Winner

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Trapeze

Best songwriter BOA Award Winner

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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 making old-timey music that he seemed like a novelty act. His forays into storytelling, ragtime, jazz, and antique songwriting didn't seem like much of amore...
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 making old-timey music that he seemed like a novelty act. His forays into storytelling, ragtime, jazz, and antique songwriting didn't seem like much of a risk, but a sense of newfound personal enjoyment welled from within every barreling note on his 2010 solo debut, The Musical Stylings Of .... Soon, new aspects of his voice emerged with all the gusto of a songwriter with a capital "S," complete with earnest and cautionary tales of wine, women, song, and retribution. But Crimmins knows he's no cowboy or folk troubadour: He shunned many of the trappings that box in dedicated songwriters and embraced horns, high-energy theatrics, and other elements outside the traditional canon. Crimmins has never been more refined than on this year's Sing-A-Longs CD. If he caters to any genre, it's one that's entirely his own, and that's something a lot of guys with pens and guitars either don't know how to do, or don't have the guts to do. www.blaircrimminsandthehookers.com. less...

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

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Taco Mac Virginia Highlands
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

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Pink Pony

Best stripper who's not Blondie BOA Award Winner

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TIE: Barbie and Peaches from Clermont Lounge

Best trivia night BOA Award Winner

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Diesel Filling Station

Best urban music club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse

Best weekly club night BOA Award Winner

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IRIS aka Rush Lounge

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

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Brick Store Pub
With its eight Belgian-only taps upstairs, 21 mostly domestic taps downstairs, 300 bottles on the main list, 900 in the upstairs "cellar," and thousands more aging in a bank vault underneath the pub, the 16-year-old institution set the bar for Decatur's beer culture and continues to raise it.more...
With its eight Belgian-only taps upstairs, 21 mostly domestic taps downstairs, 300 bottles on the main list, 900 in the upstairs "cellar," and thousands more aging in a bank vault underneath the pub, the 16-year-old institution set the bar for Decatur's beer culture and continues to raise it. less...

Winner's Pick - Best Dopegirl on the Wheels of steel BOA Award Winner

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DJ Princess Cut
"My favorite Atlanta DJ - the one whom I respect the most right now - is DJ Princess Cut. She used to be Goodie Mob's DJ, and she's the only female on Hoodrich Radio. I've always found her to be an inspiration, both in my personal life and with my career. She's a lady and she's a dope artist whomore...
"My favorite Atlanta DJ - the one whom I respect the most right now - is DJ Princess Cut. She used to be Goodie Mob's DJ, and she's the only female on Hoodrich Radio. I've always found her to be an inspiration, both in my personal life and with my career. She's a lady and she's a dope artist who commands respect every time she steps behind the turntables. I was super excited when she was asked to be a part of Hot 107.9, and her R&B/downtempo mixtape last year, called Early Mornin Tap, was super dope. It came out right around the same time I dropped my sexy/downtempo mixtape "Skin"; we were on the same vibe around the same time, and our mixtapes reflected that. I'm just so proud of everything she has accomplished - she's building a legacy in Atlanta the way the Dungeon Family did." "Speakerfoxxx, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Dope Girl on the Wheels of Steel" less...

Best Local DJ BOA Award Winner

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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 ago, former Georgia State University Music Management major Martina McFlyy continues to be the choice party rocker among local tastemakers, promoters, and cool kids, bymore...
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 ago, former Georgia State University Music Management major Martina McFlyy continues to be the choice party rocker among local tastemakers, promoters, and cool kids, by bumping everything from Marvin Gaye to Major Lazer. For party-proven tenacity, check out the "TRIPPY" mixtape she put together for Reebok Classic this year. "www.martinamcflyy.com". less...

Best Party Band BOA Award Winner

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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, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz, and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. "www.myspace.com/nootdnoot".more...
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, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz, and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. "www.myspace.com/nootdnoot". less...

Best Place for Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

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Octopus Bar
When it comes to late-night dining, no one in Atlanta does it better than chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le at Octopus Bar. Period. The ever-changing menu is almost always worthy of a culinary boner. Count on favorites such as smoky bulgogi barbecue with lettuce wraps, a discerning selection of raw oysters,more...
When it comes to late-night dining, no one in Atlanta does it better than chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le at Octopus Bar. Period. The ever-changing menu is almost always worthy of a culinary boner. Count on favorites such as smoky bulgogi barbecue with lettuce wraps, a discerning selection of raw oysters, and the best lobster roll in the city. less...

Best DJ BOA Award Winner

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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") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpeningmore...
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") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpening his skills, a new generation has taken note. What's more, they've begun following his lead, thus bolstering his legacy as a King among men, and a true asset for ATL nightlife, now and for generations to come. "www.soundcloud.com/sofakingevil". less...
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