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.

  • Weekend Roundup: October 24-26

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 16 hr ago

    In the questionable words of R. Kelly, “It’s the freakin’ weekend baby. I’m about to have me some fun. Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce.” And without any further bouncing, here’s a short list of all the fun that’s waiting for you throughout the metro and state this weekend. – This […]

  • Weekend Roundup: October 17-19

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 23 hr ago

    I’m trying to start a fun little wrap up post about just a few of the many things you can enjoy in Oklahoma this weekend. A lot of this I cover in the Weekend Life section of the paper, but I want to share everybody’s hard work. Please enjoy. – Oklahoma’s food truck music festival […]

  • Movie review: 'St. Vincent'

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Murray takes another stab at drama in coming-of-age story “St. Vincent.”

  • Movie Review: 'Men, Women & Children'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Director Jason Reitman aims for drama in the listless adaptation of a Chad Kultgen novel.

  • Photos: Spoon at Tumbleweed Dancehall

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Although Spoon rocked Cain’s Ballroom less than a month ago, the Austin-based band made a quick pit stop in Stillwater for a free show with the Yahoo On the Road music program. The show was sort of a surprise, but word of mouth attracted a devoted crowd of roughly 150 patrons. I would have gladly paid […]

  • Track Debut: M. Lockwood Porter's twangy tune "I Know You're Gonna Leave Me"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    “I Know You’re Gonna Leave Me” has been cooking in M. Lockwood Porter’s songbook for several years, but it’s getting released Tuesday along with the Skiatook native’s new album, “27.” Here’s an exclusive listen to the Americana album’s opening track. When John Moreland suggested I give Porter’s tunes a chance, I snapped to. The two […]

  • Making tracks: 'Just a Taste'

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Making tracks: ‘Just a Taste’

  • Track Debut: ADDverse Effects' jazzy new song "Rock the Mic"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    ADDverse Effects packed up and moved from Norman to Portland but there’s no shortage of love for the 405 in the hip-hop group’s debut EP “Just a Taste.” I’ve got an exclusive debut of the playful track “Rock the Mic” just for you. Just a heads up, if I were a parent then I’d throw […]

  • Track Debut: Creepozoidz hardcore banger "Temp Agency Martyrs"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    You wouldn’t know it right away, but Oklahoma hides some furious and loud hardcore acts. Creepozoidz is a front-running contributor to that volume, and I’ve got an exclusive debut of the Tulsa band’s new track “Temp Agency Martyrs.” It’s the fifth song off of the band’s new EP “Mutant Resources.” I contacted Creepozoidz frontman Jeremie […]

  • Track Debut: Moongiant's gentle new tune "Nightjar"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based band Moongiant has wrapped its debut EP “Territories,” and I’ve got an exclusive debut of the folky ballad “Nightjar.” Jacob Mann (drums/vocals) and Erich Massad (vocals/guitar) met me at Saints Pub in September, and we discussed how the above song was created. Massad said the track started as an attempt to replace the intro of another Moongiant […]

  • Track Debut: The Pizza Thieves' anthemic new song "Far Away"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The enthusiasm for garage rock in Oklahoma ebbs and flows but The Pizza Thieves are poised to carry on the beer-drenched torch of The Boom Bang and S/A. Here’s an exclusive first listen to “Far Away” off of the Norman trio’s upcoming EP “Solid Gold Oldies.” I met with Robbie Fetter (guitar), Wade Best (drums) […]

  • Track Debut: Bowlsey's funky new song "Temperance"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Bowlsey is self-releasing a set of 13 new songs Oct. 4 on its debut album titled “Decorous,” and I’ve got an exclusive hip-hop flavored track debut for the song “Temperance.” I sat down with Taylor “Shraz” Mercier (vocals/guitar), Clarissa “Cidward” Castillo (vocals), Justin Hogan (organ) and Donald Eisenberg (drums) at Saints Pub on Wednesday […]

  • Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Only a lukewarm story keeps the stunning stop-motion animated film “The Boxtrolls” from being truly great.

  • Track Debut: BRONCHO's glistening new track "I'm Gonna Find Out Where He's At"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Here’s your first opportunity to hear the softer side of BRONCHO‘s upcoming sophomore release “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman,” which will see the light of day Sept. 16 on Dine Alone Records. The Oklahoma-based band shared an exclusive, early listen to the track “I’m Gonna Find Out Where He’s At,” and it’s about time […]

  • Ford to bring hick-hop country to fair

    By Nathan Poppe
    Entertainment Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    A lot of things make sense together. Fried food and the Oklahoma State Fair. Ferris wheels and friends. Colt Ford and country swagger. But what about golf and the aforementioned musician? Hick-hop country star Ford almost didn't take the route that led him to debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart back in 2008. He almost became a professional golfer. In a recent article, the Georgia native said he realized one thing when it came to deciding between golf or singing about chicken and biscuits: You can't do both. “It was hard to have two loves at the same time,” Ford said in the article. “So my wife told

  • Hear Colt Ford, Kansas & Grand Funk Railroad, too

    By Nathan Poppe
    Entertainment Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    It's not the Oklahoma State Fair without a solid lineup of music. That's exactly what's in store at the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage, which is hosting acts ranging from arena rock legends, country crooners and Mexican pop stars to '90s alternative rockers, a Beatles tribute and a bevy of Elvis impersonators. Each of these sets are free with fair admission and will sweeten your fair experience more than a fried banana bacon sundae ever could. Hick-hop country star Colt Ford gets things started 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The Georgia native's breakthrough album was released back in 2008, and he's fresh from celebrating the fifth anniversary of his independent label, Average Joes Entertainment.

  • Track Debut: Robert Hoefling's breezy new single "Firework"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Tulsa-native Robert Hoefling (pronounced Hay-fling) has a soulful set of 10 tracks called “Old Memories & Live Wires” set to be released Sept. 13. Lucky for you, we’ve got an exclusive first listen to the album’s single, “Firework.” I hopped on the phone with Hoefling, 26, on Thursday to discuss the origins of the above […]

  • Track Debut: Mad Manhattan's tasty pop song "Shadowtalk"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mad Manhattan is a new Oklahoma City music project led by Jonathan King, who’s been rocking out with Paperscissor all summer. Here’s an exclusive first taste of Mad Manhattan’s shiny pop track “Shadowtalk.” I caught up with King and learned about how the track developed. “Shadowtalk” is among a set of new songs the band […]

  • Track Debut: Gum's excellent new song "Weird Dream"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Gum just might be one of the best kept secrets in the Oklahoma City music scene. Hopefully, that starts changing after you hear this exclusive first listen to the track “Weird Dream” off of the band’s upcoming self-titled LP. Gum frontman and Oklahoma-native Joe Bello met me inside of Saint’s in the Plaza District on […]

  • Movie Review: 'Boyhood'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Richard Linklater shows the good, bad and the ugly of growing up in ‘Boyhood’

Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 11:30:46 PM CST Give peace a chance. “@theflaminglips: They censored Ivins' member?! WTF? LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:00:41 PM CST Need some weekend plans? GOSH, RELAX DUDE. HERE. @NewsOK: Weekend Roundup: October 24-26 LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:14:12 PM CST This is how you break all 10 at once. @NewsOK: Car smashes Ten Commandments monument outside Capitol building LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:12:24 PM CST @chadosko IDK, I feel like he'd often convince himself his jokes weren't funny enough to walk across the room for his phone.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 12:15:57 PM CST And @BAMOK's feature on the film is still fresher than Bill Macy's finely combed mustache. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 12:12:16 PM CST Just FYI @rudderlessmovie screenings at @circlecinema and AMC Quail Springs 24 have been extended to Oct. 30. cc: @OKFilm_Music
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 09:24:29 AM CST Round two of living a more delicious weekend in Oklahoma: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 08:41:48 AM CST @okchalloween @NewsOK That's a bingo.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 24 2014 08:40:18 AM CST Two weeks ago I saw @st_vincent and this week I saw "St. Vincent." Review chillin' on @NewsOK: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 10:39:10 PM CST I love how @KyleReidMusic and those Low Swingin' Chariots manage to jam all of Bourbon Street onto even the tiniest of stages.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:36:08 PM CST RT @SpyLab: @NathanPoppe you're the only reason I purchase newspapers
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:34:08 PM CST @SpyLab Nice!!! Can I quote you on that? I feel like this will get me a better parking spot at work.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:14:41 PM CST Wrapped another @TheOklahoman section with new stories about @theflaminglips + @AliHarterMusic + Francis Ford Coppola + more. Out tomorrow.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 09:51:43 AM CST No, @23Blast. Thank you.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 23 2014 09:51:06 AM CST The part when Mark Kozelek starts talking to another Nathan freaked me out. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 22 2014 04:59:18 PM CST New stuff on the blog from @radhostweets2u + @spoontheband + @mlockwoodporter and more: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 22 2014 02:45:52 PM CST Self-edited from my St. Vincent review: "It’s like Billy Bob Thornton's 'Sling Blade' with less mumbling and murder." LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 22 2014 01:50:04 PM CST Trying to find photos of St. Vincent and St. Vincent in the same week is mind boggling. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 22 2014 01:42:37 PM CST If this doesn't make you wanna read @Graceisfashion's review of @23Blast then what will? LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 22 2014 11:33:26 AM CST A million views on @VideoKyle and I's TMNT stop-motion means we are officially millionares. LINK LINK