Crosstalk: Spoon Awarded by UT Comm School, DJ Shani Debuts KUTX Show and White Denim’s Radio Milk Closes: Austin Music News Headlines of the Week – Music


Spoon performs a mini-set after receiving a DeWitt Carter Reddick Award (photo by Marc Speir)

Spoon provided an unexpected addition to an awards ceremony hosted by UT-Austin’s Moody College of Communication last Thursday, bestowing recognition on outstanding alumni. After an advertising graduate with her own line of cricket powder flour received accolades, Austin’s rock standards received a DeWitt Carter Reddick Award, which “recognizes overall excellence and impact in the communications and the media. Previously gone to the likes of Walter Cronkite, publicity executives and professors, Spoon’s win marked the first time musicians have been exploited. The full band stood up for photos on stage at the Banquet Good Dinner, which they qualified for on the basis that Britt Daniel attended college, where he lived in the Castilian Apartments, worked at college station KVRX 91.7FM and graduated from the Department of Radio. -Television-Film in 1993. Daniel, seemingly always ready to take the honors in his typical blazer, and bandmate Alex Fischel took on acoustic guitars for “Do You” before the latter took to the keys for an “Inside Out” closer. Longhorn Daniel said the award meant a lot to him and the band: “When I graduated I wasn’t walking and my parents weren’t thrilled, but they’re here tonight.” Christine Garcia

DJ Shani has launched a new weekly show on KUTX 98.9FM showcasing “the dark side of electronic music – with danceable beats inspired by funk, soul and jazz.” Every Friday at 11 p.m., the prolific presence of local turntables Shani Hebert presents as The Groove Temple – his longtime radio show launched in the late 90s on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7FM. Since moving to Austin in 2010, Shani’s curation has forged deep house ties every year through events such as United’s “Black History Month Boogie” and the June 19 celebration Together, also residing monthly on Shared radio. Austin Frequencies. Planning to feature forms such as garage house, broken rhythm, tech house and afro house on KUTX, she states on the station’s website: “‘The Groove Temple’ is an everyday sound, every moment. It’s not just punches and big drops. It’s music that touches you deeply and makes you feel sexy.” RR

White Denim notably called a jump on a September concert at the Chess Club their “last local show” on Instagram – before editing to play an East Sixth Fender pop-up last Friday among a number of ACL Fest-time satellite events . (Unrelated, on one such night at Soho House, Yungblud debuted necklaces made from his own chewed 5 Gum.) White Denim also announced the closure of the Eastside recording space and of the Radio Milk room, which bandleader James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki built in 2017. Recalling sessions like Go Fever, Being Dead, Monks Jazz, and more, the post read, “We Failed! !!” with heart emojis. RR

ACL Fest — after two weekends of excitement, including Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke delivering a beer to Kacey Musgraves on stage Sunday night — ends with an announcement of next year’s dates. Mark your calendars for October 6-8 and 13-15, 2023. RR

A version of this article appeared in print on October 21, 2022 with the title: Crosstalk: Spoon Awarded by UT Comm School, DJ Shani Launches KUTX Show and White Denim’s Radio Milk Closes

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