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.

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

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 21 hr ago

    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, | 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 […]

  • Weekend Roundup: October 17-19

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    I’m trying to start a fun little wrap up post about just a few of the many things you can enjoy in Oklahoma this weekend. A lot of this I cover in the Weekend Life section of the paper, but I want to share everybody’s hard work. Please enjoy. – Oklahoma’s food truck music festival […]

  • Movie review: 'St. Vincent'

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Murray takes another stab at drama in coming-of-age story “St. Vincent.”

  • Movie Review: 'Men, Women & Children'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Director Jason Reitman aims for drama in the listless adaptation of a Chad Kultgen novel.

  • Photos: Spoon at Tumbleweed Dancehall

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Although Spoon rocked Cain’s Ballroom less than a month ago, the Austin-based band made a quick pit stop in Stillwater for a free show with the Yahoo On the Road music program. The show was sort of a surprise, but word of mouth attracted a devoted crowd of roughly 150 patrons. I would have gladly paid […]

  • Track Debut: M. Lockwood Porter's twangy tune "I Know You're Gonna Leave Me"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    “I Know You’re Gonna Leave Me” has been cooking in M. Lockwood Porter’s songbook for several years, but it’s getting released Tuesday along with the Skiatook native’s new album, “27.” Here’s an exclusive listen to the Americana album’s opening track. When John Moreland suggested I give Porter’s tunes a chance, I snapped to. The two […]

  • Making tracks: 'Just a Taste'

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Making tracks: ‘Just a Taste’

Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:29:39 PM CST Merry Christmas, @fowwow. LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:57:23 PM CST ICYMI: Oklahoma continues its reign as the Indie Christmas Music Capitol of the World:
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 03:16:18 PM CST How do I get @hansonmusic to re-create this video today with the same dance moves?
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 09:38:47 AM CST RT @fowwow: here's the first single from @FowlerVW + @BLACKWATCH xmas album! #naughtylist LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 09:32:47 AM CST RT @ElwellEats: Don't forget to check out @NewsOK for the debut of the new holiday song from Fowler VW and Blackwatch Studios LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 25 2014 09:14:47 AM CST Track Debut: Fresh holiday tune from @FowlerVW + @BLACKWATCH. Here's "The Naughty List." LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Nov. 24 2014 05:51:45 PM CST You can open this Christmas present early. Gonna debut the title track off of the "Naughty List" tomorrow on @newsok. LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:26:11 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: "There was a time when the Arby's Five for $5.55 deal was a big deal in my family." -- @NathanPoppe
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 08:02:14 PM CST Oh snap, @aaronzpierce is covering @JohnMorelandOK in his soundcheck. Apparently, this guy does give a damn about songs... anymore.
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 04:15:10 PM CST I managed to get a few new posts on the blog this week about @SturgillSimpson + @VZduzit + @ChaseKerby + more. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 03:35:03 PM CST @yourjohncalvin Did I hear someone say Poppe?
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 03:31:43 PM CST When @beckycarman says questions, you say answers. QUESTIONS... ANSWERS! Great job on this @TALLOWSOK interview. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 09:51:32 AM CST RT @FilmRowOKC: Grooving to some @yourjohncalvin @VDubSessions. See him tonight storytelling at @theplantshoppe for #PremiereOKC LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Nov. 21 2014 08:58:23 AM CST A broken back and band couldn't slow down @MRDmusicnow. Read my profile of @brantleycowan and hear a new song too. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Nov. 20 2014 07:06:35 PM CST Y'all, can we get this @TALLOWSOK + @celadon_city track to 1K views tonight? Yes we can. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Nov. 20 2014 03:58:49 PM CST @OKmattcarney ┻┳| ┳┻| ┻┳| ┳┻| ┻┳| ┳┻| ┻┳| ┳┻| _ ┻┳| •.•) - It's just a fan site ┳┻|⊂ノ ┻┳|
Nathan Poppe Thu, Nov. 20 2014 03:47:49 PM CST Much like Clint Eastwood, this old website is timeless. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Nov. 19 2014 06:04:00 PM CST @dirkgage @LOOKatOKC No prob, dog.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Nov. 19 2014 06:03:46 PM CST RT @dirkgage: Thanks to the special peeps at @LOOKatOKC for featuring me in the Lick at OKC issue. Check it out. Tip of the hat to ya, @Nat…
Nathan Poppe Tue, Nov. 18 2014 09:09:20 PM CST I think I had my fill of "Hunger Games" after Catching Fire. Mockingjay Pt. 1 is too heavy handed and exhausting. Missed the escapism.