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.


Dec 12, 2014

Oklahoma City indie rock band Tallows will take the stage tonight at The Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, in Norman, beginning at 7 p.m. as part of the Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival music series.

Now Playing: "Small Talk" | Memory Marrow


Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a Christmas tune from Los Campesinos!, a one-off collaboration between Oklahoma City band Tallows and Edmond's Celadon City, and Mark Ronson's James Brown-sounding collaboration with rapper Mystikal.

Robot House Creative

KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative introduce The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.