Showpaper suspending publishing
(photo via @torresveronica)
There's no doubt that NYC's DIY music scene is changing. Glasslands, Death by Audio, 285 Kent and other venues closed last year, and now Showpaper, the "FREE bi-weekly print-only publication which aims to list and promote all ages DIY shows in the NYC and tri-state area" that's been in print for years, is suspending publishing. They write on Facebook:
It is with sadness that we at SHOWPAPER announce that the paper has suspended publishing.
The SHOWPAPER team have toiled for over seven years now to produce a new, beautiful, free, advertising-free newsprint issue of SHOWPAPER every two weeks, without fail, over 170 issues! - and it is with heavy hearts that we now stop publication
We make this difficult decision out of exhaustion at the challenge of funding and producing the newspaper, but we are hopeful that sometime in the near future, after a well-deserved break, we may revive the concept of SHOWPAPER in a new format.
SHOWPAPER has always been a chronicle and document of the scene, and a future revival may continue that role, as well as the public service of providing comprehensive all ages show listings, in the form of a web-based listings page, coupled with a more occasional print newspaper featuring creative, editorial content about the all ages show community.
For now, we at SHOWPAPER bid the NYC tri-state area farewell! It has been our honor to present you listings of Greater New York's affordable all ages shows, wrapped in a beautiful cover designed by a prominent visual artist, every other Wednesday for 7 years!
Please keep going to shows, starting bands, putting on shows, and opening venues - you can DO IT YOURSELF.
Hope to see you soon - love, SHOWPAPER
This comes just a few months after Showpaper got a huge shoutout from Dan Deacon when they competed against Death by Audio in his dance competition during his set at Barclays Center opening for Arcade Fire.
On the bright side, Market Hotel had their first show in years (a private one though) last night!