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  • Touring act has heartfelt connection to Oklahoma

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Music can be rewarding and can also so maddening that you'd want to tear your hair out. Brad Barr shared that sentiment with me as he took a break from building new songs. When I first called him, Barr didn't answer. He was hanging upside with screws and washers in his hand because...

  • Norman Music Festival 9 continues to grow, diversify (NMF9 day two recap)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    If Norman was a cliche, '80s movie high school student with an empty house and his parents out of town for the weekend then that kid just invited the entire city to party on Friday. Although Main Street wasn't closed with road blocks yet, swarms of people filled every available real estate...

  • Norman Music Festival 9 is off to a healthy, loud start (NMF9 day one recap)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Nine times. It's hard to believe Norman Music Festival has kicked off nine times. I've been there for every day of the festival since it started, and I can safely report that Thursday was the biggest, most vibrant first day of the festival I've ever seen.  "It's always good to see...

  • Steelwind shares weatherproof new song 'F5' (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    It's been a whirlwind month for new music releases. Okie bluegrass project Steelwind is adding something twangy to the mix with its new album, "F5." Here's your first chance to hear the title track before it gets released this weekend. All 10 songs on "F5" were written by principle members...

  • The Lunar Laugh share breezy new ballad 'Nighthawks and Mona Lisa' (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Peanut butter and jelly.  A Royale with cheese. Nighthawks and Mona Lisa? Some things automatically sound good together and others take a great song to bridge the gap. Oklahoma City-based duo The Lunar Laugh are debuting the new track "Nighthawks and Mona Lisa" today, so give it...

  • Ripple Green takes flight in 'Birds' music video (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Have you always wanted to go on a Swedish flight with Ripple Green? Well, too bad if not, because either way the Oklahoma City-based trio has a brand new music video for the 2015 track, "Birds." Here's your first chance to watch the drone music video. Frontman Joel Parks shared that the...

  • Nicnos drinks knowledge on new track 'Water' (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Sometimes inspiration is so close that you can walk up to it and take a drink. Nicnos fiddle player and vocalist Blake Parks found himself in Jasper, Ark. in 2014 and loved taking advantage of the nearby natural spring water. That songwriting retreat led to "Water" and the Friday release...

  • Metro Music Fest 2016 boasted big talent, aimed to build Okie music community (Festival review)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    If I could grade Friday's Metro Music Fest then I'd give it an A for effort. This might be the first time you're hearing about the festival, but it's been going on for several years in various forms throughout downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district. The Academy of...

  • Okie artists fill April's Heard on Hurd festival lineup

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Good news for all you food truck enthusiasts out here. All the musicians booked for the April 16 edition of Heard on Hurd pair well with that meal you planned on eating. Yep, that exact one. Even your dessert, too. Amazing. The free downtown Edmond-based street party returns next weekend...

  • Bruce Springsteen dives into 'River' at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Concert review)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    As a new decade dawned and the '70s said goodbye, Bruce Springsteen released his only double album to date, "The River." Eight years later, in 1988, I was born. Don't let that fact lead you to discount my enthusiasm for The Boss' set Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. At 66, his energetic...

  • The Criterion impresses with debut concert, aims to improve before grand opening

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    Paint was still drying the day The Criterion opened its doors for the first time. Criterion general manager Scott Marsh had two hours of sleep before he woke up March 26 to get the venue open and operating. He admitted his crew had cut things pretty close, but you couldn't tell once Ben Rector...

  • Norman Music Festival 9 updates lineup with national and Okie talent

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    Now might be a good time to start building your Norman Music Festival 9 schedule. On Tuesday, the free festival shared an updated lineup for several of its stages. NMF9 takes place April 21-23 in the streets of downtown Norman and boasts as many as 80,000 patrons during its three-day run of...

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Nathan Poppe

Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor
Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor Nathan Poppe is a documenter of all things entertaining. The Middle of Nowhere is his blog and a depository of everything that makes the Midwest unique. The coasts have a massive amount of influence on the country, but everything winds up funneling its way to the middle. So Poppe scoops it up and displays it all here. His other duties include editing the Weekend Life section and LOOKatOKC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and has collaborated with hundreds of local and national musicians. Poppe joined the Features section at The Oklahoman in March 2014.