• Track Debut: DEERPEOPLE's surfy tune "She Skates Boards And She Gets Real High"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Half deer. Half people. All fun. That’s the recipe for DEERPEOPLE’s new song that can be messily abbreviated as “SSBAGRH” and heard exclusively here. It’s the fourth track off of the Oklahoma City-based band’s full-length LP, “There’s Still Time for Us to Die.” Bassist Alex Larrea sent me the...

  • ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest to emerge in Bricktown

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Downtown Oklahoma City is set to become one big stage. The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will fill Bricktown with more than 60 ACM@UCO student bands performing in 10 different venues as a part of the ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest, a free live music...

  • Track Debut: Lisa Reagan Love's stirring "Realm of Dreams"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Lisa Reagan Love’s sister helped her write an album. Not with a pen and paper though. With with memories. “‘Realm of Dreams’ was inspired by my sister, a person I greatly loved and miss so much,” she said in an email. “She passed away but is still with me in spirit, and thinking about...

  • The 5 Most Devastating Verses from "High on Tulsa Heat"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    John Moreland already debuted the closing track on his upcoming album “High on Tulsa Heat,” which hits record stores April 21 via Thirty Tigers, but I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of it. It’s a passionate, powerful meditation about home and its various meanings. Also, it’s...

  • Track Debut: [PEACH]'s juicy new song "I'd Rather Dream"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s [PEACH] shared an exclusive debut of its new song “I’d Rather Dream” and you can listen to it below. Frontman and former ACM@UCO student Aslan Crawley emailed me about this song back in December but it’s been in the works for years. He said he began writing it before he had the...

  • Check the 'Score': Famed composers are featured in documentary produced by Oklahoman

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Oklahoma-based producer Jonathan Willbanks discusses new documentary focusing on film composers such as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and many more composer luminaries.

  • H&8th announces music lineup for season opener

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Nothing pairs better with a slice from Hall’s Pizza Kitchen or an ice cream cookie sandwich from Roxy’s Ice Cream Social truck like some free, live music. Norman-based rockers Beau Jennings & The Tigers will headline the 2015 season opener of H&8th Night Market on March 27...

  • Norman Music Festival 8 expands lineup

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NewsOK broke the news for the main stage headliners last month, and Wednesday morning the festival announced that Natalie Prass, Nadastrom, Grooms, Son of Stan and a handful of local performers will also play the free, three-day festival which runs April 23-25. At the top of the list is...

  • Track Debut: Applied Music Program's synthtastic "Shadows"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It’s usually a bad sign when my phone hits me with a notification later than midnight. But that wasn’t the case early Tuesday when I received an email with an Applied Music Program track attached to it. Opolis owner Andy Nunez sent me a mastered version of their early demo...

  • TV review: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Being the president ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s my biggest takeaway from my marathon viewing session of the third “House of Cards” offering. All 13 episodes were available via Netflix to stream instantly on Feb. 27 and what a fitting Oklahoma weekend it was to watch 677...

  • Track Debut: Aidan Carroll's poppy jazz rendition "For Now"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Aidan Carroll has been playing music since before he could see over a steering wheel. At 10, he was armed with a snare drum and started playing alongside his father’s band in Oklahoma City. Carroll, 31, has since become a celebrated bassist and composer, and on March 3 he’s releasing his debut...

  • Track Debut: Campbell Young's DIY epic "Alive"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Campbell Young’s 18th birthday present has been in the works for more than three years. And it’s actually for you too. Young, 17, has been recording his full-length album since his freshman year of high school, and now you can hear the exclusive debut of “Alive” off of “Songs of Love,...

  • Track Debut: Kaitlin Butts' country ballad "Same Hell, Different Devil"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    After Kaitlin Butts looks at her debut album, she can’t help but think of her grandma. When the Oklahoma City-based country newcomer started at ACM@UCO, she received the antique figurine that graces the cover of “Same Hell, Different Devil” as a gift from her grandmother. You can...

  • Bill Hader dares you to love him even more in 'Trainwreck' trailer

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Tulsa-born comedian Bill Hader returns to the silver screen alongside writer/leading lady Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck.” This Universal Pictures release also marks Judd Apatow’s return to the director’s chair since 2012’s somewhat wonky “This is 40.” You can expect to see Tilda Swinton, Mike...

  • Track Debut: Logo Creep's murky new track "Saturday"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    No cable. No Internet connection. Sounds like the concept for a horror movie. Norman-based musician Garrett Holt lacks those aforementioned comforts but it’s led to more free time for him to fully realize an electronic effort under the moniker Logo Creep. Here’s an exclusive debut off of his...

  • Concert Review: Jack White at OU's McCasland Field House

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The excitement for Jack White’s performance Monday night at OU’s McCasland Field House started well before the stage’s blue curtains swung open and revealed an unruly ruckus of rock sounds. It was palpable even when I sat inside Saint’s Bar on a Friday night and nothing but White Stripes songs...

  • 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...



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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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