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 Martian'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Sci-fi flick "The Martian" takes safer path than Andy Weir’s best-selling novel on perilous trip to Mars.

  • Strong buzz: Tulsa's Electric Rag Band surpasses 20 years, readies sixth album

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    "My Side," Electric Rag Band's sixth album, hits shelves Friday via Horton Records. A CD release party will be Saturday in Tulsa.

  • Paperscissor releases synthy new song "In My Dreams" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    If you've ever caught a Paperscissor show then you know it'll make you want do anything but sleep. Frontman Evan Crowley packs enough energy into a set to power three modestly-sized homes for at least a weekend. However, this exclusive debut from the Yukon-based crew feels like it could sneak into the middle of a Washed Out album. I think I could fall in love with [insert '80s movie star here] in slow motion to this song during a film's pivotal prom scene. I dig seeing a softer side to the pop outfit as well. Give it a listen.

  • Electric Rag Band reveals new single "My Side" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    "My Side" isn't Electric Rag Band's best collection of songs ever. Tulsa-based guitarist Pat Cook, 54, made it clear that the band's sixth album is instead their best one yet. Hear for yourself on the freshly debuted title track from "My Side." The album is out via Horton Records on Oct. 2. A lot has changed with Electric Rag Band over the years. Most recently, the trio slimmed down to a two-piece. Pat's son Dan handles drum duties. The duo recently finished tour dates in Colorado and knocked out shows in the Midwest. The band's size has changed but its mission remains the same. Cook's been playing with the idea of taking old school American roots music and

  • Levi Parham and John Calvin Abney team up for concert (Stair-A-Okie Performance)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    It broke my heart to miss my first Stair-A-Okie concert. I was on vacation, but I was confident the video crew, Levi Parham and John Calvin Abney could handle things just fine.  And the above video should be all the evidence you need, but I've got some more if you'd like. Parham released an album late in 2014 and Abney did shortly after. They're busy guys. Shortly after the set, they hit the road for a fall tour. Let's wish these Okies a ton of luck as they share their tunes outside of the state.

  • Oklahoma-based movie crew is using 16 mm film for new short

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based filmmaker J.T. Hathaway is armed with a shoestring budget, a modest crew and a Bolex H16 REX-4 from 1965 to create "Upland." Hathaway and his crew have shot roughly a third of the film but are looking for help to complete the process.

  • Jimmy Webb returns to Oklahoma for master class, concert

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    At 7 p.m. Friday, he’s performing the tribute inside the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at Chickasha’s University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He’ll also share his personal experiences of more than 50 years in the music industry with a master class of music students, with a lecture and question-and-answer session which is only for students. The concert is open to the public.

  • St. Vincent's mixtape makes Oklahoma sound good

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    St. Vincent aka Annie Clark is on a mixtape crusade, and it brought her back to her home state this week.  Well, at least in the form of the mixtape's theme. As my coworker Brandy McDonnell reported back in July, the weekly Beats 1 show on Apple Radio tasks the Tulsa-born artist with crafting a handful of songs for a lucky fan. Each episode features full-length songs with Clark as the DJ. You can listen to it for yourself here. Oklahoma State University student and fellow Tulsan Lauren Chamberlain was selected for the latest episode of St. Vincent's Mixtape Delivery Service and her playlist reflected music she could study to. Good luck on those midterms, Chamberlain. Let me know how they go.

  • Beers and tears to fill local Smiths tribute

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Wouldn't it be cool if someone did a Smiths tribute in Oklahoma City? Good thing Jerrod Beck doesn't let a good idea stop at that creative intersection. That's what I admire about the Oklahoma City-based musician. Last year, he tackled a live storytelling event in the spirit of The Moth and more recently pulled off successful Roger Miller and John Prine tribute concerts. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Power House Bar, Beck and more than a dozen musicians will thumb through The Smiths songbook for a free concert. Samantha Crain, Chelsey Cope and current "The Voice" contestant Chase Kerby are just a couple of the artists scheduled to play the somber show. Beck said his aim is to turn the bar's patio into an

  • Western Avenue hosts music festival Saturday

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    If you're driving along Western Avenue on Saturday, be on the lookout for three miles of party. The inaugural WestFest is a free celebration aiming to highlight the district's businesses from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. The street will be closed between NW 41 and 43 to make way for live music, food trucks and beer. About 40 committee members have been planning the festival for months, and it all started when Western Avenue Executive Director Rachael Taylor asked one question: What do you want to see? “The street festival was the request we got,” Taylor said. “We polled the district. … Nearly every single person said we want a street festival, meaning shut down the street and throw a gigantic party.

  • Annie Oakley shares heartfelt new track "Wake Up" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Don’t let the name fool you. The Oklahoma City-based Americana act shares its namesake with a famed sharpshooter, but Annie Oakley features more than just one talent. It’s a family affair at this point. Just ask the band’s momager, who doesn’t miss a show. Or better yet, the slew of musicians who perform alongside the band at its weekly gigs. Fronted by twin sisters Grace and Sophia Babb, Annie Oakley has spent the better part of three years sharpening its songwriting skills and quickly building legitimacy in the state’s robust singer-songwriter field. Here’s an exclusive first listen to “Wake Up” from Annie Oakley’s upcoming EP, “Thought of You

  • 2 Chainz cancels Stillwater festival performance

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    2 Chainz is one for three with Oklahoma concerts. The Atlanta-based rapper — whose real name is Tauheed Epps — canceled his Saturday night headlining set at the Rawhide Festival in Stillwater. In 2013, Epps and 10 others were arrested on a tour bus in Oklahoma City on Aug. 22, 2013. He returned Nov. 12, 2013 to perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena with Rihanna.

  • 5 things you missed at Rawhide Festival

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    With how unpredictable festival's have been this year, I was initially weary of Stillwater's Rawhide Festival. Event organizers had to work with Stillwater Police to dispel some sensational rumors and beefed up security days before Friday's sets. Besides a few too many college kids looking completely zonked out and asking for me to take their photo, the festival was suitably ridiculous. It's great to see a festival succeed and make a hip-hop festival work in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully, night two will be just as successful and 2 Chainz has better luck in Oklahoma. Here's what I remember from Friday night: 1.

  • Movie review: 'The Visit'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment writer | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    M. Night Shyamalan's "The Visit" is a wonky return to his roots and a great reminder of how limp Shyamalan’s filmmaking is when heart’s an afterthought. It’s a sloppy, borderline-slapstick spookfest that aims for laughs just as often as scares. Both rarely stick their landing.

  • 9 stray observations from The Tallest Man on Earth at Cain's Ballroom

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Kristian Matsson, the Swedish songwriter known better as  The Tallest Man on Earth, landed in Oklahoma for the first time Wednesday night. His full-band performance was an energetic delight. The comparisons to Bob Dylan are unavoidable for the folksy troubadour, but Matsson's jubilant energy is unmatched. He's currently touring on "Dark Bird is Home," which was released on May 12 via Dead Oceans. Here's what I remember from the show: 1. Are you appalled when people talk during a performance? It sickens me. Especially during a Tallest Man on Earth concert, where diehards can't help but expect to hear/feel the intimacy from the records. Well, Matsson has an interesting way to

  • DeadCenter Film Festival announces appointment of new executive director

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    DeadCenter Film Festival added a new cast member to its credits Wednesday. The festival hired Oklahoma City native Lissa Gumerson-Blaschke as its new executive director. The festival turned 15 in June and attracted more than 30,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Movie review: 'The Visit'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    M. Night Shyamalan has a gift. He’s able to hide the obvious in plain sight. The writer/director did it best in 1999 with “The Sixth Sense,” a huge box-office hit that weaved together effective drama with an excellent ghost story. It holds up pretty well on repeat views, too. It's got some bite even after you learn Bruce Willis really did kick the bucket in the opening scene.  However, “The Sixth Sense” wasn’t remarkable because Shyamalan is a master of horror. He’s far from it. His talent lives in building sentiment. Almost all of his early films focus on broken hearts or families. First, he gets you to care, and then he dangles his characters in peril. You

  • Limber Limbs release new single "You Know It" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    It takes a certain amount of ambition to be an export of Stillwater.  From the country roots of Garth Brooks and the Red Dirt Rangers to the more recent indie favorites such as Other Lives, DEERPEOPLE and Colourmusic, it's a been a strange oasis of popular, ambitious talents. So where does a rock act like Limber Limbs fit in?  I'd start researching with a listen to the band's first single off of its proper full-length LP, "Retrospection." The self-released effort will see a vinyl, cd and digital release Nov. 10. Ben Bowlware (vocals/guitar), Derek Moore (bass) and Robert Riggs (drums) relocated to Oklahoma City in 2012 and drastically shifted its sound along the way. Gone

  • L.T.Z. shares hip-hop tribute to OKC (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Not every 7-Eleven is a right of passage. But you might know the one Oklahoma City-native rapper Tony LeSure is dishing about in a track off of his new album "Barcelona '92." He's self-releasing it Sept. 4 with help from Aesthetic Perception.  LeSure, 25, performs under the name L.T.Z., and here's an exclusive first listen to the song "73210 (The Good)."  After 6 p.m., the 7-Eleven off of Penn and NW 122nd becomes a hangout for people too young to get into actual clubs.  "There were a lot of great things happening and then were a lot of bad things happening," LeSure said in an interview with The Oklahoman. I met with LeSure at Elemental Coffee Roasters

  • Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips release surprise collaboration album

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    You won't have to drop a single dime to hear the new Miley Cyrus album. On Sunday night, she capped off her VMA hosting gig with an off-the-wall, drag queen-filled performance with the Flaming Lips and the announcement of a new collaboration record called "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz." A free album stream of the surprise release hit the Internet shortly after. >> Here's the link "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" is a sprawling 23-song messterpiece of a pop record featuring songwriting and production credits from Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and Dennis Coyne of Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:46:20 PM CST @NormanMusicFest This is the first time I've spoken directly to a logo. Say hi to Apple and Colonel Sanders for me.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:43:17 PM CST New @NormanMusicFest logo is pretty tasty.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:32:51 PM CST Lots of new stuff on the blog from @GaryClarkJr + Smiths Tribute at @PowerHouseBar + more:
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:11:48 PM CST A few thoughts and feelings on @MartianMovie which ran in @TheOklahoman today.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:01:18 PM CST Had the pleasure of debuting a new @PAPERSCISSOR track on @NewsOK this morning.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 02 2015 10:52:12 AM CST @JonMHamm Thank you kindly. Glad you dig. I will say it could have used 34% more disco.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 11:58:30 PM CST Holy shit.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 10:44:05 PM CST Future trend: @blue_7 bra denim
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 07:30:10 PM CST Finally, a sport I can play.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 07:28:53 PM CST New @prettyboyband on @okrockshow is fuggin' dynamite. More please @KOSUryan.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 04:39:52 PM CST @fowwow @JakeSmithOkc @tristanshutt @eblakejackson @OKmattcarney @chadosko Deafheaven is back y'all. Turn your office speakers UPPPPPP.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 01:22:14 PM CST RT @daytrotter: Tulsa's finest, @JohnMorelandOK, is back in the Quad Cities on November 21. Buy tickets: https://
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 01 2015 10:58:03 AM CST ICYMI: A quick gallery of all the @foofighters + @GaryClarkJr photos you can handle.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 11:32:18 PM CST Please, only call me Fetty Pop from now on.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 09:47:42 PM CST I'd like to commend @grahambrewer for his dedication to Foo Fighters and whatever else he worked on today.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 07:24:40 PM CST RT @TheAVClub: Phil Lord and Chris Miller are turning Serial into a TV show
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 06:22:10 PM CST Make me a commercial!
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 04:49:56 PM CST A man's life hung in the balance before an execution, and I'm over here making sure I have snacks for "Sicario."
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 03:09:18 PM CST I was happy to write a @MartianMovie film review just to use the word "MacGyvered."
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:18:11 PM CST Anyone out there dying to see "Sicario?"