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Saying Goodbye To 285 Kent; Why Music Lovers Should Care About Net Neutrality; Badi Assad Plays Live

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

'This is how it ends,' 285 Kent wrote on Twitter, following a three-show blowout before the D.I.Y. space closed for good. "This is how it ends," 285 Kent wrote on Twitter, following a three-show blowout before the D.I.Y. space closed for good. (285 Kent/Twitter)

In this episode: This past weekend the underground but influential D.I.Y. music space 285 Kent closed its doors following a three-show blowout. Only open for a little over two years, the Williamsburg venue earned a reputation for attracting a diverse cross-section of emerging artists in punk, hardcore, metal, hip hop electronic music and much more. The New York Times' music critic Jon Caramanica went to the final run of shows and discusses the impact of 285 Kent, how it represents another sign of the Brooklyn neighborhood in transition, and where the D.I.Y. music community will go next.

Then: With the recent news about net neutrality, Soundcheck fills you in on how a new federal court ruling could have a significant impact on musicians, music lovers, and the music industry. Soundcheck host John Schaefer talks to Casey Rae, Interim Executive Director of Future of Music Coalition in Washington, D.C. about why you should care that net neutrality might be going away.

And: Badi Assad, the renowned Brazilian guitarist and singer who can make a whole lot of different noises with her mouth at the same time, performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

Guests:

Badi Assad and Jon Caramanica

NYC D.I.Y. Scene Says Goodbye To Brooklyn's 285 Kent

Another year, another vanished venue. This weekend, Williamsburg's D.I.Y. music space 285 Kent closed its doors for the final time with a rousing sendoff party. New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica was in the audience for the farewell show, and he explains why 285 Kent was a special spot on the NYC music map. 

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Why Music Fans Should Care About Net Neutrality

Since the beginning of the internet, there has been a question of who “owns” cyberspace. In the wake of a recent ruling from the US Court of Appeals against the FCC, the question of whether we all have equal access to the internet is again a hot debate. Interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, Casey Rae, joins John Schaefer to talk about the implications of FCC ruling on music makers, music lovers, and the industry.

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Hear: Badi Assad, Live On Soundcheck

Badi Assad is considered one of the greatest guitarists in Brazil and for her latest album, Between Love and Luck, she was inspired by a new addition to the family: her baby daughter. Hear her perform a solo acoustic set in the Soundcheck studio.

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Juan Wauters' album 'N.A.P. - North American Poetry' is out Feb. 4 on Captured Tracks.

Song Premiere: Juan Wauters, 'Escucho Mucho'

Hear "Escucho Mucho," a track from the Uruguay-born, Queens-based Juan Wauters' upcoming new album N.A.P. - North American Poetry.

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