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December 7, 2021

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

By: Miles Bloxson

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 also learn about the connection between cheap housing and thriving music scenes, musician incomes, and Austin’s housing market from experts Nicky Rowling, Michael Seman, and Audrey McGlinchy.

In this episode you’ll hear from:

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel
Robert A. Kraft
Laura Mendoza from Cosmic Chaos
Gina Chavez
Chinasa Broxton 

Listen to the documentary “Back Home to the Armadillo”

Laura Mendoza of Cosmic Chaos is pictured on Dec. 3, 2021, at her home north of Austin. Michael Minasi/KUTX



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.


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.


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.