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.

  • 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 celebration set throughout the district starting at […]

  • Cheap Rent: It's hard out there for a print

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Meet the newest screen printing crew in OKC. Nathan Poppe spent three days with the Cheap Rent to see what it takes to turn a house into a home business.

  • 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 a natural successor to the trilogy of solo albums the […]

  • 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 her helps me.” […]

  • Where did the SXSW Buffalo Lounge go?

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    In 2015, Oklahoma’s presence at SXSW stands to be significantly quieter as the Buffalo Lounge takes a year off. So who turned the music down and what path is Oklahoma taking at SXSW?

  • 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 technical […]

  • Heard on Hurd returns to downtown Edmond

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Citizens Bank of Edmond leads charge with Heard of Hurd, a music, shopping and food truck festival.

  • Movie review: 'Insurgent'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    In the sequel to last year’s “Divergent,” drawn from the popular sci-fi young adult books of Veronica Roth, “Insurgent” follows rebel Tris Prior in post-apocalyptic Chicago as she confronts her inner demons and continues her battle against a powerful alliance that threatens war and the certain destruction of the people she loves.

  • 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 on the main stage that’s located between N.W. 6th and N.W. […]

  • Movie review: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    American Richard Gere joins the star-studded roster of British expats ensconced in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” director John Madden’s follow-up to the lively geriatric romance of 2011.

  • 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 Natalie Prass, a versatile soul singer with […]

  • 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 “Shadows.” Now it’s got live drum sounds and moody […]

  • 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 minutes of drama straight from the halls […]

  • 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 album “Original Vision” […]

  • 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, Loss, and Lobos.” On May 12, […]

  • Movie review: 'McFarland, USA'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Sports movie regular Kevin Costner takes the field again, this time in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” the true story of a coach who turns a cross-country team from a Latino high school in California into a major championship contender, despite the social obstacles of the ’80s. The film also stars Maria Belo and is directed by Niki Caro (“North Country,” “Whale Rider,” “A Heavenly Vintage”).

  • Oklahoma's production community predicts the Oscars

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s entertainment writers get help from Oklahoma’s production community in predicting the Oscar winners.

  • 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 hear an exclusive stream of the title track below. The cover […]

  • Movie review: 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) directs “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the pop-culture phenomenon by British author E.L. James. It stars Jamie Dornan in the title role as a kinky young billionaire and Dakota Johnson as the virginal college graduate who becomes involved with him in a sexual affair that apparently involves a lot of whips and ropes.

Nathan Poppe Today at 2:33 PM A friendly heads up to keep at least one eye on... LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 1:55 PM RT @VDubSessions: NEW VIDEO: Check out our latest episode with solo cello extraordinare Julie Albers. LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 12:13 PM I got Billy Sims to say, "Go Pokes!" during this photo. #bedlam
Nathan Poppe Today at 11:13 AM Chris Tucker is performing at the Brady Theater this weekend. No Jackie Chan. No deal.
Nathan Poppe Today at 10:57 AM My headline game remains strong. "It Follows" hits OKC this weekend. Go get scared.
Nathan Poppe Today at 10:52 AM Been soft on the blog game. Never again. New stuff with Cheap Rent + @danafalconberry. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 10:02 AM @OKmattcarney @adbrad @sherreejane I still never apologized for demanding a $10 cover charge and pushing you down the stairs. Sorry, Matt.
Nathan Poppe Today at 9:53 AM RT @adbrad: I met @sherreejane 5 years ago today, thanks to this house show & @NathanPoppe. I owe that dude a beer. LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 9:53 AM @adbrad @sherreejane Woah, blast from the past. I'll take that beer. And I'll drink one for Henry and Sherree too. Drink. Drank. Drunk.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:10:10 PM CST @oxfordkarmamag @wildingsokc And may the bandcamp link always say IndianGiver.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:22:03 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Photos from the damage in Moore are starting to come in via @NewsOKPhoto: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 07:24:59 PM CST Moore's mayor sighed, grabbed a marker and faced a smart board. He removed the cap and drew a number. Zero days without unspeakable horror.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 07:10:57 PM CST David Payne said the storm was moving south by southwest. Can we please stop talking about that festival for just one day?
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:41:34 PM CST Just another @RollingStone article about JD McPherson. He can make getting fired look cool. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:22:05 PM CST @walrusmuse And so soon. I haven't a thing to wear. Prolly gonna just go in the nude again.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:16:40 PM CST Wanna see @BRONCHOBAND + @johnrfullbright + @shinytoyguns in one night? Stop thinking + click. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:32:06 AM CST Next month you need to set your clocks to Tulsa time for that new @JohnMorelandOK album. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:24:51 AM CST @fowwow @The_Verdigris I still can't get over the epicness of "Me & Wiley."
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 24 2015 10:24:46 PM CST This is the first article of the year that I'm really proud of. Took me long enough. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 24 2015 07:29:56 PM CST RT @waynecoyne: Cool homeless guy Tommy McDowell cleans the streets of OKC!!! Cool story in Look At OKC!!!