John Freaking RenbournDec 12, 2019
Austin, Texas, where I presently suspend my chapeau, brands itself "The Live Music Capital of the World." Said branding is the subject of much debate among the musicians who actually make that claim possible. Once upon a time, the story goes – the late 1970s, say – when rents were cheap and housing plentiful, one could have a nice life playing fifty dollar gigs, swimming at Barton Springs and keeping goats in a yard with a view of downtown. Now of course, the rents have shot up, the bungalows have been scraped to build McMansions for California expats and since gigs still pay fifty dollars, well, you can do the math. Progress, 1, paradise, 0.