Oklahoma music

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, Matt looks back on his favorite 2015 releases from Oklahoma musicians Beau Jennings, Sports, and Samantha Crain.

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These days, for many people in country music's mainstream - and beyond it - the genre's version of "sexy" is corny. Rump-shaking dudes in man buns beckoning women who frankly feel a little harassed into their flatbed Fords... At their worst, country's 21st-century dreamboats operate on the principles of hair metal, mixed with CrossFit. That's the stereotype and the perception, anyway.

Former Tulsa band Ok Sweetheart has a song ("We've Got Love") featured in a new commercial for the jewelry chain store Zales.

The song is featured on the band's 2011 album, Home.

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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we play exciting pop music from Skylar Spence, new music from Oklahoma City rapper LTZ, and intoxicating country rock from Mount Moriah.

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Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Oklahoma City band Tallows.

Tallows' aptly titled second album, Waist Deep, is full of water wordplay, with phrases like "drowning in excuses" and "wash it all clean" weaving through the lyrics. Continuing with that theme, the Oklahoma City band played its album-release show a few weeks ago in an empty swimming pool at a historic Presbyterian church. Local crowds are partial to Tallows, too, as the band's lush, frenetic sounds have been triggering rousing singalongs and dancing masses at its live shows. Pulling from influences like Modest Mouse, American Football and Pinback, Tallows' songs blur the space between math rock and electronic rock. But if you're not ready to make a decision on Tallows just yet, that's okay. Jump in halfway — the water's fine. —Ryan LaCroix, KOSU's The Spy

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we look at the new album from Oklahoma City band  Tallows, a plan by Speedy Ortiz to make their concerts safer, and new music from Nick Diamonds.

  Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

If you're in the middle of a road trip this Labor Day weekend, turn up your radio.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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After starting out in the punk scene, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland decided it was best to start writing about himself. That attitude, and a new Americana sound, helped lend depth and honesty to his new album, High On Tulsa Heat. Moreland's World Cafe session is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful in a while.

The Wall Street Journal recently published an excellent profile of Tulsa musician John Moreland.

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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a cross-country collaborative jam from Husbands, some new 'dream country' sounds from Widowspeak, and the throbbing techno of Nicolas Jaar.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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