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 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.

  • Track Debut: New holiday sounds from Fowler VW and Blackwatch Studios

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    When Jonathan Fowler set out to establish Oklahoma as the indie Christmas music capital of the world, he wasn’t joking. This year celebrates the fifth local music collaboration for Fowler VW of Norman, whose love for local music grows three sizes every day. Here’s an exclusive first taste of this year’s Blackwatch Studios-produced holiday undertaking […]

  • A crippling back injury couldn't stop Oklahoma City-based musician Brantley Cowan

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City musician Brantley Cowan has faced a crippling back injury, fluctuating band members and more on the road to a second EP.

  • Track Debut: Tallows + Celadon City's glitchy new song "Sea Sick"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Back in August when you could warmly walk around the city shoeless, members of Oklahoma City electronic acts Tallows and Celadon City wrapped up a track collaboration at 33rd Street Studio. Here’s an exclusive look at the results of “Sea Sick.” When I arrived on the hot August afternoon, Tallows frontman Josh Hogsett was putting the finishing […]

  • Movie review: “Whiplash”

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller put in some of the best onscreen performances of 2014 in the music-themed drama “Whiplash.”

  • Head shavings, shoe beatings and other stories from VZD’s

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Memories can get fuzzy. Especially ones involving a bar like VZD’s that was well-known for huge burgers, alcohol and loud music. The venue closed yesterday, so I reached out to Facebook and a few notable locals shared their favorite memories of the club. I’ll never forget meeting at VZD’s to shoot episodes of VDub Sessions […]

  • Track Debut: Chase Kerby's dreamy new tune "Before the Fourth"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    It’s been almost two years since Chase Kerby has released a proper set of new songs. His latest solo EP “Tidal Friction” marks a confident return for the songwriter, and here’s your exclusive first chance to listen to a new song off of the album. Here’s “Before the Fourth.” The last time I heard from Kerby was […]

  • Landmark OKC restaurant and club closes doors

    By Brianna Bailey, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Oklahoma Tax Commission shuts down VZD’s

  • Downtown OKC's Underground tunnels are getting a makeover

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    There’s going to be some more color added to the fluorescent glow in The Underground pedestrian tunnels and skyways in downtown Oklahoma City. Starting Dec. 5, a public exhibition of 125 photos of downtown from 125 local artists will be installed to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Oklahoma City’s settlement. Romy Owens curated the […]

  • Movie Review: 'Big Hero 6'

    By Nathan Poppe, NPoppe@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    A relatively obscure super hero comic book gets the big screen treatment in Disney-animated epic “Big Hero 6.”

  • Concert Photos: Twin Peaks and Radkey at The Opolis

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Last night Chicago’s Twin Peaks (not the TV show, not the tacky restaurant) made a stop in Norman and played a shimmering, noisy gig while you were all asleep. The quartet caught my attention earlier this year with the insanely catchy track “Making Breakfast.” It remains one of my favorite songs this year and was eager […]

  • Track Debut: Aaron Pierce's breezy new song "Want to Want"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Approach Aaron Pierce after a live gig with a bit of praise and there’s a good chance he might not have heard what you heard. He says it’s a condition. I’d call it a case of modesty, but Pierce’s mindset has started to alter after wrapping “Yesterday’s Changes,” a five-song EP that acts as a tidy […]

  • Weekend Events Roundup: Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    I am horrifyingly excited for this weekend because there’s a mountain of spooky and rad weekend fun to conquer. Grab a katana, lightsaber or water pistol and help me storm the weekend castle. >> FRIDAY: This one’s a no-brainer. It’s the last edition of the 2014 season of H&8th and the fun kicks off in […]

  • Track Debut: Warped Frames raw new tune "Baby"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    When Warped Frames bassist Brandon Napoleon reached out to me about his new music project, the emphasis on “we’re just starting out” was lost on me via e-mail. When I joined the band in Napoleon’s living room Monday night, I learned the band has yet to play a show, has almost no music out and I would be […]

  • Weekend Roundup: October 24-26

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    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 […]




Nathan Poppe Today at 1:04 PM @ROCKworth Saw him twice this year. The intimate venues made it extra special. Still will be an A+ show.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Dec. 17 2014 02:09:46 PM CST @OKmattcarney Not if it's in the form of an echo echoo echooo echoooo
Nathan Poppe Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:40:04 PM CST OH: "I feel sassier than Paul Blart Mall Cop on the back of a screaming eagle with a burrito in each hand."
Nathan Poppe Wed, Dec. 17 2014 10:38:10 AM CST I was born to write headlines. My "Annie" film review headline: 'Tomorrow never dies'
Nathan Poppe Wed, Dec. 17 2014 10:30:20 AM CST @willkooi Thanks for reading it. Yeah, there were some cool moments for sure but pretty far and few between.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Dec. 17 2014 09:47:51 AM CST Here's a movie that will dragon and on and on and on and on... LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Dec. 16 2014 12:59:30 PM CST New OKC venue alert: LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Dec. 15 2014 10:25:14 PM CST I knew it. LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Dec. 15 2014 09:21:19 PM CST From the mixed-up files of Miss Erin Brinkworth: "Draw me, like Juan of your french girls."
Nathan Poppe Mon, Dec. 15 2014 06:28:49 PM CST @tristanshutt @eblakejackson @OKmattcarney @chadosko @KOSUryan @JakeSmithOkc @fowwow So many tweets. Where and when is this happening?
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 07:52:02 PM CST @ChaseKerby @Graceisfashion This movie is freaking me out. I'm gonna have to finish this in a pillow fort with a "no girls allowed" sign.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 07:33:19 PM CST From the mixed-up files of Miss Erin Brinkworth: "If Neil Degrasse Tyson is so smart why did he bite that guy on the ear."
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 07:22:30 PM CST @Graceisfashion Bold praise. I'll sink into that post viewing.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 07:18:16 PM CST Five minutes into "Under the Skin" and I'm already terrified.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 05:15:15 PM CST Filling in for @OKCNoonado: woowooWooWooWOOWOOWooWoowoowooWooWooWOOWOOWooWoowoowoo
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 11:14:45 AM CST @stphntylr I approve.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Dec. 14 2014 11:06:33 AM CST I enjoyed my Fassler Hall OKC visit but noticed there's no stage for live music like its Tulsa counterpart. Am I the only one that's bummed?
Nathan Poppe Sat, Dec. 13 2014 12:05:41 PM CST @stevelackmeyer Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack! LINK
Nathan Poppe Sat, Dec. 13 2014 12:00:28 PM CST Has science created a device that will let me communicate with my hair that I wouldn't give up on it and I'm worth its time?
Nathan Poppe Sat, Dec. 13 2014 09:56:00 AM CST Hey @serial fans, have I been the only one picturing Jay as Jay Leno?