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: 'While We're Young'

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    While grappling with the changes brought by middle-age, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) find their stagnant lives reinvigorated by their friendship with a couple of 20-something hipsters in “While We’re Young.”

  • Moongiant release spacey single "Cloud Chief" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Erich Massad had to visit a jail cell for this song. Luckily, it was because the old Marlow police station and city hall were renovated into a recording studio. “Cloud Chief” was recorded with studio owner Jaron Nix, and here’s your first chance to hear the results. Massad visited The Oklahoman newsroom in downtown Oklahoma City after […]

  • Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman bring stage show to Midwest City

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    You might want to avoid Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s stage show if you’re easily offended. Take it from the married couple, who are performing two sets of original comedy Wednesday at the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center in Midwest City.

  • Helen Kelter Skelter share simmering "Helouisa" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    How many songs do you know that were written on a karaoke machine? “Helouisa” is the only one I know of. Helen Kelter Skelter vocalist Eli Wimmer wrote it with his guitar plugged into the machine and with the help of a lot of Ennio Morricone recordings. Here’s your first chance to hear “Helouisa” off […]

  • Movie review: 'Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Mayor Mick Cornett wrote, directed and produced the documentary “Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb.” It opens Friday at the Harkins Theater in Bricktown.

  • 5 Alt-J photos your camera phone might have missed

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    English rock outfit Alt-J made its first stop ever in Oklahoma City last night. It’s safe to say fans were ready. The sold-out show was filled to capacity well before Alt-J took the stage. Opening act Tycho, whose latest chilltastic album is fitting to nap to, was actually surprisingly dynamic and fun. Fans screamed when […]

  • OKCFest announces headliners and main stage lineup for 2015

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The 2015 rendition of the downtown Oklahoma City music festival boasts a rock night and a country night.

  • The Bourgeois release edgy "Black Church Or No Church" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Easter weekend is over, but The Bourgeois are ready to take you back to church. “Black Church Or No Church” is a satirical jab at how people in power pander to religious groups to further their own personal agenda. It’s a one-off single from the Tulsa-based act. Here’s the exclusive debut. Drummer Ty Clark updated […]

  • April's H&8th to host all hip-hop stage

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    By the time you see more than 30 food trucks, the funk shall be within you. Oklahoma City rapper Josh Sallee will headline the main stage at H&8th Night Market on April 24. H&8th Night Market is a free, monthly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music […]

  • On the record: Sufjan Stevens pays Oklahoma a visit

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A piece of the biggest little album of 2015 was recorded in a studio tucked behind Main Street in downtown Norman. Here’s how Blackwatch Studios worked alongside Sufjan Stevens on what’s being called the folk artist’s masterpiece.

  • Track Debut: Jeff Douglas' country jam "What I'm Looking For"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Throughout the years, Jeff Douglas has picked up a football, a fire hose but now it’s his guitar’s turn. Here’s the exclusive debut of “What I’m Looking For” off of the Tuttle native’s self-titled debut EP. I had one big question for Douglas, 37, when he picked up his phone on Wednesday. Why are you picking […]

  • Casting Call: Red City Radio wants to party with you

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    It’s April Fool’s Day but this isn’t a joke. Oklahoma City-based punk quartet Red City Radio is shooting a “Two Out of Three Ain’t Rad” music video starting at noon today inside of the Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N Robinson Ave. Oh, and you’re invited. Plan your lunch break accordingly. Delo Creative is shooting the video […]

  • New NMF8 schedules and lineup additions are here

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Two Fowler car dealerships are driving the headlining stages at Norman Music Festival 8 this year. NMF organizers released the full schedules this morning for the Fowler Honda depot stage and the Fowler Toyota main stage. We’re less than a month away from the free, three-day festival that’ll line the streets of downtown Norman on April 23-25 […]

  • Track Debut: DEERPEOPLE's surfy tune "She Skates Boards And She Gets Real High"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Half deer. Half people. All fun. That’s the recipe for DEERPEOPLE’s new song that can be messily abbreviated as “SSBAGRH” and heard exclusively here. It’s the fourth track off of the Oklahoma City-based band’s full-length LP, “There’s Still Time for Us to Die.” Bassist Alex Larrea sent me the song along with a link to […]

  • Movie review: 'It Follows'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Movie review: In “It Follows,” after a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone — or something — is after her.

  • 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?

Nathan Poppe Today at 6:38 PM A few shots from @recordstoreday at @Guestroom OKC. I walked away with a shiny @JohnMorelandOK record. LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 12:04 PM Free John Moreland + Beau Jennings sets at @guestroom OKC. Starts at 1:30 p.m.
Nathan Poppe Today at 9:47 AM RT @LOOKatOKC: New music alert: OKC's @moongiantmusic sound bigger and bolder than ever on "Cloud Chief." LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 9:46 AM RT @OKFilm_Music: Hear @moongiantmusic's latest single "Cloud Chief" via @NewsOK! #OkieMusic | LISTEN: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Today at 9:46 AM RT @sherriemassad: Great article from @NathanPoppe on @moongiantmusic's fab new single! Check it out! LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Apr. 17 2015 02:30:56 PM CST These cats are opening for Stone Temple Pilots next week and are gonna hang with @VDubSessions. Sound pretty fun.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Apr. 17 2015 02:14:33 PM CST A giant, secret field of Canola flowers + @BourgeoisParty + @Nick_Offerman + Megan Mullally on the blog this week: LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Apr. 17 2015 07:19:25 AM CST Listening to this new @moongiantmusic track, and I swear a hear a little T. Rex in the intro. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Apr. 16 2015 01:56:27 PM CST It's still crazy to me to see how young Han and Chewy look in 2015. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Apr. 16 2015 01:55:47 PM CST What shampoo has Chewbacca been using because I want some.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Apr. 16 2015 11:29:57 AM CST @chadosko @fowwow @JakeSmithOkc @eblakejackson @tristanshutt @OKmattcarney It's the best soundtrack to my nightmares I've heard all year.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Apr. 16 2015 09:45:29 AM CST Keep your eyes on @NewsOK today. Gonna debut a brand new @moongiantmusic song later today. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Apr. 15 2015 08:31:13 PM CST I stopped by @HobokenCoffee this morning and if you haven't made the trip to Guthrie then get on it. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Apr. 15 2015 02:00:57 PM CST #ThunderUp
Nathan Poppe Wed, Apr. 15 2015 01:31:03 PM CST Got retweeted by Nick Offerman for this @NewsOK article. Can I go home now? LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Apr. 15 2015 07:53:19 AM CST Interview with @Nick_Offerman + Megan Mullally about how every summer can be the Summer of 69. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Apr. 15 2015 07:52:18 AM CST Click wicky right here.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Apr. 13 2015 12:03:56 PM CST CLICK IT. LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Apr. 13 2015 09:02:58 AM CST This @BRONCHOBAND post definitely has enough hip to be woman. Lots of fresh photos only on: LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, Apr. 12 2015 10:51:22 PM CST ICYMI: @LOOKatOKC's stellar article about @JohnMorelandOK's upcoming album. LINK LINK