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

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 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: 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 ESPN.com 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’

  • Oklahoma punk duo rock through 'College Dayze'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    A look into the recording process for Cosmostanza’s punk new EP that was crafted in Oklahoma City.

  • Track Debut: Sex Snobs' heavy new track "Frowning Spree"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Sex Snobs is the new Oklahoma City-based hardcore project from Alex Barnard and James Hammontree (pictured above). After reuniting with CHUD drummer Billy Reid, the trio started working on new music. Here’s your exclusive first listen to the track “Frowning Spree” off of an upcoming Sex Snobs EP release. Just a heads up, if I […]

  • Movie Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Marvel returns with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ an impressive, weird comic-book film entry.

  • Track Debut: Low Litas' dreamy new song "So Sure"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Low Litas is the former solo project from Mandii Larsen (pictured above) that’s grown to feature bassist Penny Pitchlynn and former drummer Liz Wattoff. Here’s your exclusive first listen to the track “So Sure” off of the band’s upcoming self-titled LP. I spoke with Pitchlynn on the phone Sunday about the development of the new […]

  • Track Debut: Stardeath and White Dwarfs' funky new track 'Wastoid'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Stardeath and White Dwarfs is the brainchild of Flaming Lips extended family member Dennis Coyne (vocals), Lips drummer Matt Duckworth (drums), Casey Joseph (bass) and Ford Chastain (guitar). Here’s your exclusive first listen to “Wastoid.” I sat down with Oklahoma City-based Stardeath frontman Dennis Coyne at Saint’s Pub last week, and he immediately pointed out […]

  • Local rapper speaks out after canceled TV appearance

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    In a strange turn of events, Oklahoma City-based hip hop performer Jabee Williams was booted off of KSBI’s “Oklahoma Live!” set Monday morning. According to a statement issued Monday afternoon, Williams, 30, and his backing band were loading equipment when executive producer Ted Maguire met with Williams in KSBI’s studio. Jabee was told there was an oversight […]

  • Local rapper speaks out after canceled TV appearance

    By Nathan Poppe, npoppe@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    In a strange turn of events, Oklahoma City-based hip hop performer Jabee Williams was booted off of KSBI's “Oklahoma Live!” set Monday morning. According to a statement issued Monday afternoon, Williams, 30, and his backing band were unloading equipment when executive producer Ted Maguire met with Williams in KSBI's studio. Jabee was told there was an oversight and his band needed to leave. When pressed for more information about the oversight, the statement claimed Maguire had not realized Jabee was a hip-hop act and the station was moving in a different direction with its music guests. “It was a blatant form of discrimination,” Williams shared in a Facebook post. “We were treated and talked to so rudely that we

  • Track Debut: Elms - "Burn"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Elms is the brand new, moody music project from the heads and hearts of Chelsey Cope (vocals), Michael Bewley (bass), Billy Reid (drums) and Chavez Soliz (guitar). Here’s your exclusive first listen to a track from the band’s upcoming EP “Parallel Lines.” It’s remarkable what a difference two years can make. I spoke over the […]

  • Track Debut: Cosmostanza - "Coyote"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    You might need to insert some ear plugs into your headphones because it’s about to get noisy. Cosmostanza (pictured above thanks to Ali Williams) are sharing a first listen with Middle of Nowhere, and the punk duo decided on “Coyote,” the last track on it’s upcoming EP “College Dayze.” Maxwell Moore and Raney Aboud are the […]

  • Track Debut: Manmade Objects - "Citizen"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Grant Provence is the driving force for Manmade Objects, a dimly lit solo shoegaze project. Here’s your first opportunity to hear a track off of the July 15 release “Monuments.” Take a look at Skinwalker Ranch. Besides having the best looking website in 1993, the ranch has reported some of the weirdest paranormal […]

  • Band Q&A: Wanda Jackson

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, talks Oklahoma City fans, Jack White and a new record.

  • Track Debut: TJ Mayes - "When Love Come Down"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    TJ Mayes has been working on his debut album for the better part of two years. Here’s your first opportunity to hear the title track off of “When Love Come Down.” Mayes and his friends literally climbed to the top of a mountain to yell songs at the world. Back in September 2012, Mayes traveled to […]




Nathan Poppe Today at 2:29 PM You debut one @ThePizzaThieves song and then all your ads on Twitter are from Pizza Hut.
Nathan Poppe Today at 1:32 PM I just debuted a song on @NewsOK from the @ThePizzaThieves. Hot and ready like Little Caesars. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 10:57 AM I'll never have the capacity to spell inogural correctly on the first try.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Sep. 22 2014 06:23:49 PM CST RT @h_n_8th: Tyson F’ing Meade: (that’s your official name, correct @DadaCamelTalk?) LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Sep. 22 2014 03:04:14 PM CST RT @HortonRecordsOK: Check out what's going on the side of the building at studiosouloftulsa ! #jjcale #tulsamusic LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Sep. 22 2014 11:03:40 AM CST Congrats to Saturday's @heardonhurd in Edmond. Organizers said the inaugural event attracted roughly 4K visitors. LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, Sep. 21 2014 10:33:20 PM CST RT @shovelsandrope: @johnrfullbright come to our dressing room and eat pizza!
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 09:51:06 PM CST @WrandonBaddell She's all yours. Send me the first gold album please.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 09:26:21 PM CST New band name: Al Gore Rhythms.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 06:46:15 PM CST Anyone gonna get angsty with @Adam_WK and myself at Conor Oberst's @CainsBallroom set tonight?
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:57:39 PM CST And finally @RonnieHarris has a bunch of tunes hanging out on Bandcamp. Learn up. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:56:06 PM CST You can check out some new @fordchastain demos on his SoundCloud. cc: @h_n_8th https://t.co/Nd564EvPU7 LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:52:41 PM CST Check out this story I wrote about Tyson Meade (@DadaCamelTalk) when his latest album dropped: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:50:29 PM CST Fresh @h_n_8th music news. @SkatingPolly is playing Sept. 26 along w/ @DadaCamelTalk + @fordchastain + @RonnieHarris. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Sep. 18 2014 08:25:52 AM CST RT @SkatingPolly: TBT! A photo from the first story written about us in the OK Gazette in 2010. Photo by @Adam_WK. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 17 2014 05:49:53 PM CST RT @NoiseyMusic: Broncho's New Video For "Class Historian," From Their New LP, Is Deliciously Ridiculous LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 17 2014 01:28:24 PM CST Working on a @plazadistrict fest story and the music line up looks sick nasty in a good way. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 16 2014 10:39:54 PM CST @CathJSweeney Now you are ready for Atlas Sound, then King Khan and then Black Lips. Go forth.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 16 2014 09:29:01 PM CST @stolteashley LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 16 2014 09:17:55 PM CST I've heard of a shotgun wedding but come on! RT @brianwinkeler: WIN/WIN LINK