• Justin Townes Earle and more added to Queen of the Prairie Festival

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and Jonny Fritz are the latest additions to Guthrie’s Queen of the Prairie Festival, an inaugural alt-country and Americana concert slated for May 1-2 at Cottonwood Flats. If you are one of tens of thousands familiar...

  • Ryan Drake releases debut comedy album

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Alleged Okie comedian Ryan Drake shared his comedy album with me this week in anticipation of his album release show tonight at IAO Gallery during Premiere on Film Row. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. with a bevy of metro talent. Drake told The Oklahoman the comedy scene has grown exponentially...

  • Track Debut: Beau Jennings' ambitious Will Rogers tribute "Me and Wiley"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    If you can’t imagine what Will Rogers would have written on his typewriter as the Winnie Mae crashed in Alaska back in 1935 then allow Beau Jennings’ rendition of “Me & Wiley” to shed some light on the subject. This is an exclusive track debut and the second release off of Jennings’...

  • Track Debut: John Calvin Abney's dreamy new song "Sirens"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    When John Calvin Abney finishes a set, he said he’s used to hearing one thing. It’s not about his slick guitar playing or his clever lyrics. It’s usually about the honesty of his songwriting. That’s in full display on “Sirens,” a cut off of the January release “Better Luck.” Here’s your exclusive...

  • Track Debut: Josh Sallee's personal new song "MaybeHeavenWasJustLonely"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Josh Sallee is a pretty sick rapper. No seriously, the Oklahoma City-based musician wasn’t feeling well when I reached out to him digitally this morning. So, I appreciate him all the more for answering a few questions about his surprise EP release. Here’s your first chance to hear...

  • Track Debut: Rob Vader's booming new track "PANDEMIC!"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Seven albums. Three years. Oklahoma City rapper Rob Vader definitely aims to impress. He drops that statistic among a few other bold statements in this short track with a big, hardy sound. Here’s your first chance to hear “PANDEMIC!” off of Rob Vader’s upcoming Jan. 5 release “Digital Dexterity.”...

  • Video Debut: Medicine Brother plays "Hard Love" live

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Dither is at it again. This time it’s in the form of a live music video for the Oklahoma City-based quintet Medicine Brother. Like me, this is probably your first interaction with the band, but I’ll catch you up. Medicine Brother is made up of Dillon Branscum (keys), Aaron Robinson (guitar),...

  • Movie Review: "The Interview" isn't a Christmas miracle

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    As I dished out $6 to watch a stream of “The Interview,” I was reminded of the experience of an actual interview. The ones I do on the daily. For this film, I did my research. I tried to filter out an exceptional amount of hype. I set time aside, especially for my subject. I […]

  • A lost holiday radio play is our gift to you this year

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The holidays are freakishly close but there’s always time for a good Christmas story. This is somewhat of an experiment, but we teamed up with Blackwatch Studios and Folwer VW of Norman when we heard they had a full-length radio play sitting on the shelves of the recording studio. Recorded and...

  • Jack White plans 2015 tour stop at OU

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    I think Jack White is starting to spoil Oklahoma. After staring his “Lazaretto” tour at Cain’s Ballroom back in May, the Nashville-based rocker announced a Feb. 2, 2015 tour stop at the University of Oklahoma. Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. here and there seems to be a pre-sale...

  • Bourbon Street swing and pop punks top Okie Albums of the Year

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Love it or hate it, but it’s that time of the year when list making becomes necessary for not only Christmas but also everything musically important that was digested in 2014. Here’s my Top 5 Okie Albums of the Year for 2014. 5. Horse Thief, “Fear in Bliss” (Bella Union) Every song on this...

  • Track Debut: New holiday sounds from Fowler VW and Blackwatch Studios

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    When Jonathan Fowler set out to establish Oklahoma as the indie Christmas music capital of the world, he wasn’t joking. This year celebrates the fifth local music collaboration for Fowler VW of Norman, whose love for local music grows three sizes every day. Here’s an exclusive first taste of this...

  • Track Debut: Tallows + Celadon City's glitchy new song "Sea Sick"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Back in August when you could warmly walk around the city shoeless, members of Oklahoma City electronic acts Tallows and Celadon City wrapped up a track collaboration at 33rd Street Studio. Here’s an exclusive look at the results of “Sea Sick.” When I arrived on the hot August...

  • Track Debut: Chase Kerby's dreamy new tune "Before the Fourth"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    It’s been almost two years since Chase Kerby has released a proper set of new songs. His latest solo EP “Tidal Friction” marks a confident return for the songwriter, and here’s your exclusive first chance to listen to a new song off of the album. Here’s “Before the Fourth.” The last...

  • Head shavings, shoe beatings and other stories from VZD’s

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Memories can get fuzzy. Especially ones involving a bar like VZD’s that was well-known for huge burgers, alcohol and loud music. The venue closed yesterday, so I reached out to Facebook and a few notable locals shared their favorite memories of the club. I’ll never forget meeting at VZD’s to...

  • Downtown OKC's Underground tunnels are getting a makeover

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    There’s going to be some more color added to the fluorescent glow in The Underground pedestrian tunnels and skyways in downtown Oklahoma City. Starting Dec. 5, a public exhibition of 125 photos of downtown from 125 local artists will be installed to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of...

  • Concert Photos: Twin Peaks and Radkey at The Opolis

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Last night Chicago’s Twin Peaks (not the TV show, not the tacky restaurant) made a stop in Norman and played a shimmering, noisy gig while you were all asleep. The quartet caught my attention earlier this year with the insanely catchy track “Making Breakfast.” It remains one of my favorite...

  • Track Debut: Aaron Pierce's breezy new song "Want to Want"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Approach Aaron Pierce after a live gig with a bit of praise and there’s a good chance he might not have heard what you heard. He says it’s a condition. I’d call it a case of modesty, but Pierce’s mindset has started to alter after wrapping “Yesterday’s Changes,” a five-song EP that acts as a...



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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.


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