Well, the Internet isn't exactly the same as the old boss. As each passing month proves anew, the Net is changing almost everything about our daily lives, including our interaction with music--not only replacing and streamlining older pathways and fixtures, but offering new, undreamed-of opportunities and inventions. But certain things remain unchanged, including the fact that the experience of hearing live music, at its best, is still better than anything you can describe or record, much less download.
For this year's installment of our annual Decibel music supplement, we asked City Paper's own Cyberpunk, Joab Jackson, to look beyond the current controversy over who's going to get paid for what when it comes to downloadable music and take the long view: How is the Net going to change music itself? We also asked CP music writers about their favorite Web sites and compiled the results into a highly subjective guide to the musical highlights of the online world. Last but not least, we included a guide to some of the area clubs where live music happens, because who would want to be without that, no matter who's in charge?
Decibel editor: Lee Gardner Art director: Joe MacLeod Web editor: Natalie Davis Assistant editor: Anna Ditkoff Copy editors: Jill Sebra, Christopher Skokna Invaluable assistance: Charles London Photography: Michael Northrup Illustration: Tony Millionaire Writers: Phil Andrews, Michael Anft, Matt Conaway, Anna Ditkoff, Lee Gardner, Ian Grey, Justin Hampton, Eric Allen Hatch, Joab Jackson, Brennen Jensen, Rjyan Kidwell, Charles London, Emmett Luty, Joe MacLeod, Eileen Murphy, Larry Nichols, Augusta Olsen, Daniel Piotrowski, Anne Ray, Daniel Schlosberg, Wendy Ward.