Behind the mic

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Alexandra Olivia
KKXT-FM (91.7) radio host and musician Paul Slavens is celebrating nine years on the air with a show tonight at Dan’s Silverleaf.

Paul Slavens, the man of many voices and inexhaustible musicality, gets a party in his honor today at Dan’s Silverleaf.

The occasion is Slavens’ ninth anniversary as the host of his eponymous music show at 8 p.m. Sundays on KKXT-FM (91.7).

Slavens launched the show on sister station KERA-FM in 2004, then moved with the show to a new spot on the dial when the public radio station created another station expressly for music. KXT is hosting tonight’s gig.

Slavens is known locally for his major contributions to the Denton music scene — through his band, Ten Hands, and as a member of the Baptist Generals and the Travoltas.

Then there’s the sporadic series he presents at Dan’s Silverleaf and other bars: He shows up, solo or with a band, and takes song requests from the audience along with a donation. Then, the band improvises that song on the spot — and some fans insist the more you donate, the better the song will be. Slavens also released a solo album, Alphabet Girls, in 2010.

His weekly two-hour radio show is a look inside Slavens’ mind, or at least his cultural tastes.

He cops to some esoteric leanings (“Bachelorette,” from Bjork’s oft-overlooked Homogenic, and an Isao Tomita song on last Sunday’s show), but is just as unapologetic about the popular music he enjoys (Tori Amos’ “Black Dove” and Eydie Gorme’s “It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight” on the same show).

The bash at Dan’s Silverleaf starts with the Daniel Hart project Dark Rooms, moves on to the Black Stone Rangers and closes with Diamond Age.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. Dan’s is located at 103 Industrial St.

— Lucinda Breeding

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