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.

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

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: 22 hr ago

    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.

  • 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 Birbiglia, John Cena, LeBron James and a lot more when the […]

  • Movie review: 'Jupiter Ascending'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Movie review: Writer-director siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski (the “Matrix” franchise, “Cloud Atlas”) create an unoriginal future-world in “Jupiter Ascending.”

  • 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 new EP “Mistakes” which will get released this weekend. You’ll […]

  • 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 were playing. The story remained […]

  • Norman Music Festival 8 announces first wave of headliners

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    An electronic indie act from New York and a southern-fried rock band from Alabama will headline the Norman Music Festival’s two main stages.

  • Queen of the Prairie Festival adds to its lineup

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Queen of the Prairie Festival, an inaugural alt-country and Americana concert, is planned for May 1-2 at Cottonwood Flats in Guthrie.

  • 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 with the 2013’s Mumford-centric Gentlemen of the […]

  • 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.

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Nathan Poppe Today at 7:21 AM Nathan Poppe vs. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Two check in. One checks out. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Mar. 05 2015 08:48:47 PM CST Come on Internet, where's my Jabee McPherson mashup?
Nathan Poppe Thu, Mar. 05 2015 05:03:34 PM CST Call me crazy, but if you sit on a toilet seat backward then you've got yourself a tiny little desk to work on and no reason to leave.
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Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 07:22:20 PM CST Note to self: Make time to go see @OtherLives at @CainsBallroom this summer. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 05:17:01 PM CST I'd be a lot more interested to see what would happen if the X-Men directed Wes Anderson.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 04:25:47 PM CST May God have mercy on the pizza I just ordered for delivery not DiGiorno.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 01:37:07 PM CST RT @BAMOK: The excellent @NathanPoppe reveals more of @NormanMusicFest 2015 lineup: LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 12:32:22 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Norman Music Festival 8 expands lineup LINK via @NathanPoppe LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 11:59:59 AM CST When @NormanMusicFest expands its lineup then all the snow feels a little less cold. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:33:57 AM CST Interesting @kickstarter for a Chicago-based play about the OKC bombing.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:19:43 AM CST I'm sincerely hoping @prettyboyband opens for Shania Twain when she plays at @ChesapeakeArena on Aug.12. Tickets go on sale March 13.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:49:48 PM CST @mashable Just when I thought today couldn't get any more depressing.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:42:06 AM CST Heads up for everyone not in the Modest Mouse fanclub, tickets go on sale here 10 a.m. Friday. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:30:08 AM CST Track Debut: Here's a recently reworked song from @thebandAMP. Hear it only on @NewsOK. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Mar. 03 2015 09:31:19 AM CST Modest Mouse at @DiamondBallroom ? Don't mind if I do. LINK