Nathan Poppe
Features 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.

  • Midtown church aims to foster Oklahoma City-area music community

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    City Presbyterian Church is set to become the venue for a Horse Thief concert, and pastor Bobby Griffith shares his vision for the Oklahoma City church.

  • 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 along with Oklahoma City. […]

  • Movie review: 'Blackhat'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Action film director Michael Mann (“Public Enemies,” “Miami Vice”) tackles cybercrime in“Blackhat.” It’s a thriller about an enigmatic crook (Chris Hemsworth) sprung from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a shadowy, virtual criminal whose illicit digital shenanigans lead authorities on a breakneck chase across the world.

  • 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’ upcoming “The Verdigris” album. […]

  • 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 first listen to […]

  • Movie Review: 'Inherent Vice'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Paul Thomas Anderson is back again with an all-star cast in the crime comedy-drama “Inherent Vice,” about a drug-fueled detective (Joaquin Phoenix) in 1970 Los Angeles investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

  • 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 “MaybeHeavenWasJustLonely” off of “All in a Nights Work” […]

  • 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.” Just a heads up, I’d throw […]

  • The Oklahoman's Top 10 movies of the year

    Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    An unstable feathered actor and a film 11 years in the making top The Oklahoman reviewers' list of best movies of 2014. Brandy McDonnell, Gene Triplett and Grace Gordon pick the top 10 best movies of the year in this comprehensive list.

  • 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), Spencer Bennett (bass), Bart Estes […]

  • 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 […]

  • Movie Review: 'The Imitation Game'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Movie review: In “The Imitation Game,” the omnipresent British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch plays English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, who led the charge on solving the Enigma code during World War II.

  • 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 crafted by a handful […]

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • Movie Review: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Peter Jackson returns to his cinematic rendition of J.R R. Tolkien’s beloved “Hobbit” prequel for the third and final time with mixed results.

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

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Here’s The Oklahoman’s Top 5 Okie Albums of the Year.

  • 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 for OU students. Ah, to be […]

  • 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 full-length album […]

  • The only 2014/2015 holiday movie guide you'll need

    By Gene Triplett, Dennis King and Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Dark tones and heady dramas will make for a dramatic holiday movie season.

  • Best Oklahoma music moments of 2014

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    From John Fullbright to Jabee, this year was packed full of interesting albums and performances involving Oklahomans. Nathan Poppe picks apart the year, one Oklahoma artist at a time.

Nathan Poppe Today at 12:10 AM @meddlemusic What track should I listen to first?
Nathan Poppe Sat, Jan. 24 2015 01:34:19 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Oklahoma musician John Calvin Abney releases debut full-length album LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Sat, Jan. 24 2015 01:11:21 PM CST @feralmeetsworld Nice to see you too. Now escape and enjoy this beautiful day before it's too late.
Nathan Poppe Sat, Jan. 24 2015 10:57:30 AM CST Get yo cuts here. LINK
Nathan Poppe Sat, Jan. 24 2015 09:07:18 AM CST RT @ElmoreMagazine: Listen to the new album from @beaujennings exclusively on our website: LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Jan. 23 2015 04:07:20 PM CST Talked to @bellaunion founder Simon Raymonde and covered @horsethiefokc all in the same week. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Jan. 23 2015 03:30:42 PM CST Proud to see @yourjohncalvin on the front of my section + the cover of @TheOklahoman w/ this great @beckycarman read. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Jan. 23 2015 08:54:35 AM CST @bobby_griffith Typewriter and record player. Whiskies and stairs on the other side. I'll get those next time. Hope you enjoyed the article.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 22 2015 04:21:00 PM CST Here's some audio from @horsethiefokc's rehearsal last night. I hear talk it's a new track too.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 22 2015 11:47:08 AM CST @Campbellyoung14 Here's a little audio from the rehearsal to tide you over.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 22 2015 10:19:55 AM CST Caught @horsethiefokc rehearsing last night at City Pres. Look for a story in @TheOklahoman Friday about both. LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 20 2015 10:42:40 PM CST @SportsCenter Now that's what I call a flatastrophe.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 20 2015 10:24:28 PM CST @bobby_griffith No sweat. I'm a stair master. I've mastered the stairs. Thanks again for your time.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 20 2015 02:23:36 PM CST RT @ChelseyRCope: We finished just in time!! @Elmstheband check out our entry video for @nprmusic #tinydeskcontest …
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 20 2015 02:23:00 PM CST Every time a critic describes a song as poppy, I high five myself.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 20 2015 01:16:24 PM CST @ask_co_lab Thank you kindly. Lots of help from @Adam_WK + @YoureWelcomeFM + @QuitNguyen + more.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 19 2015 11:54:25 PM CST Good morning. This. OKC. Yes. “@pitchfork: “Weird Al” Yankovic announces massive world tour LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 19 2015 11:41:20 PM CST The talent onstage at @AliHarterMusic's residence show tonight is enough to fill a dozen venues. Like chain smoking, one song isn't enough.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 19 2015 09:15:06 PM CST @blue_note_okc @rcrissinger I'm in! Deuce truce!
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 19 2015 09:11:15 PM CST @rcrissinger @blue_note_okc Might have been that one time I deuced in the cigarette machine. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry.