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Oklahoma is one of almost 20 states that require third-graders to show reading proficiency before going to fourth grade. That means higher expectations for younger kids, like kindergartners.

Colourmusic's latest album, Swimsuit, marks a return for the band, who after a hiatus have played a string of live performances this year with another show happening tonight at Tower Theatre with Broncho and Deerpeople.

KOSU intern Matthew Viriyapah interviewed Oklahoma City indie musician Kat Lock earlier this year when she only had one single, "Hard to Find." Formerly of the band, St. Basic, Lock has been striking out on her own for the past year. Now, her first EP, You Again, is set to come out, with another possibly on the horizon for 2019.

Melissa Lau is preparing for the coming school year. She teaches 6th grade science in Piedmont, just northwest of Oklahoma City. Inside her classroom, she’s laid out over thirty cross sections from the trunks of red cedar trees. Each ring represents one year of growth. Lau calls them “tree cookies.”

Enter below for a chance to win VIP tickets to see Night Moves in concert on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at The Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City. The VIP tickets include early entry to the show, a private seating area with server, and special band merch.

The contest closes at noon on Friday, July 19, 2019. 

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Changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will go into effect on August 29th, following new regulations passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

Enter below for a chance to win tickets to see Built to Spill in concert on their Keep it Like a Secret Tour on Monday, July 22 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City.

The contest closes at noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. You can buy tickets to the concert here.

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of July 9, 2019. This week's playlist is a bit shorter, but includes a single from The Regrettes' forthcoming album, a song off of Grizfolk's soon-to-release album, a cover of a Sleater-Kinney song by SOAK, and more.

Enter below for a chance to win tickets to see Portugal. The Man and Tiny Desk Contest Winner Quinn Christopherson in concert on Friday, July 19, 2019 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City.

KOSU and The Spy are collaborating with The City of Guthrie, Hoboken Coffee Roasters, and The Visual Brain to bring you the Tiny Town Concert Series.