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Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen

January 18, 2022

Could affordable housing save Austin’s music scene?

In the latest episode, you’ll learn how Austin non-profit Foundation Communities helped musician James Shelton find affordable housing the central Austin. And you’ll get a crash course in how affordable housing works from Foundation Communities Executive Director, Walter Moreau.

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January 4, 2022

Bonus! Gina Chavez and Joe Greenwald at ACL Music Festival

Miles Bloxson spoke with Latin Grammy nominee Gina Chavez and artist manager Joe Greenwald at the Austin City Limits Music Festival back in October of 2021. They talked about navigating the pandemic and issues facing the Austin music scene.

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December 21, 2021

How some Austin musicians are finding housing help with HOME

In the latest episode, you’ll learn about Austin Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers or HOME. This Austin organization helps older musicians with housing and living expenses. You’ll hear from Marcia Ball and Rosie Flores.  

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December 7, 2021

How Austin’s housing market helped build the music scene, and how it could destroy it

In the latest episode of Pause/Play, we’re looking at how the housing market helped build Austin’s music scene, and how it could be the thing that destroys it.  You’ll hear from Austin artists about how the housing market has changed for them over the years and why some of them have decided to leave. You’ll […]

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November 30, 2021

Bonus! Music Scenes as Economic Clusters

Here’s another way to think about music scenes — they’re legitimate economic clusters! Don’t know what we mean by that? Well, you can listen to this bonus episode and learn a little economic theory courtesy of Michael Seman, assistant professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts’ arts management program at Colorado State University.  

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November 16, 2021

Why Taméca Jones, Austin’s Queen of Soul, is leaving for LA

Austin singer and songwriter Taméca Jones is leaving Austin for LA at the end of the year.  In the latest episode, you’ll hear the reasons why the Austin Music scene isn’t working for her.  Plus you’ll learn more about our music ecosystem. You’ll also hear from and Peter Schwarz  about the reality of music businesses […]

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November 2, 2021

We’re Not New York, LA or Nashville. So What Kind of Music City is Austin? Part 1: Dayglow

We’ve said the words Austin music ecosystem so many times on this podcast. But what do we actually mean when we say that? And how is our ecosystem different from other music cities like LA, Nashville or New York? In this episode we’ll try to start to answer those questions. First you’ll hear from Austin […]

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August 10, 2021

What Do We Do Now?

We look at this latest COVID surge in Austin and ask the question — What Do We Do Now? In this episode you’ll hear from Desmar Walkes, M.D — Medical Director/Health Authority for the City of Austin. Pat Buchta — Executive Director or Austin Texas Musicians Aubrey Hays — Musician Mike Hidalgo — Musician Autumn […]

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About

In each episode of “Pause/Play,” you’ll hear the stories of artists, venues, festivals, music non-profits and more.
Hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen have been collecting first-person stories from across the spectrum of the live music scene about what the shutdown has been like, how people are adapting, their survival strategies, what help they’ve received and what they think is possible on the other side of the pandemic.
Listen to “Pause/Play” to learn about the experiences of the people make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. Each one of them helps drive the billion dollar-plus live music scene that helped put Austin on the map and has made it one of the most desirable places in the country to live and work.

Miles Bloxson

Miles Bloxson is a producer and host for KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. Bloxson co-hosts Pause/Play, a podcast from KUT and KUTX Studios about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next.

The Austin native and UT Austin graduate has a passion for technology, music and pop culture. She has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Cee-Lo Green, Forest Whitaker and Robert Townsend.

She is the host and creator of the podcast and lifestyle brand Miles to Mogul.


Elizabeth McQueen

Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”

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