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.

  • 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.

  • Track Debut: Beau Jennings' ambitious Will Rogers tribute "Me and Wiley"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    If you can’t imagine what Will Rogers would have written on his typewriter as the Winnie Mae crashed in Alaska back in 1935 then allow Beau Jennings’ rendition of “Me & Wiley” to shed some light on the subject. This is an exclusive track debut and the second release off of Jennings’ upcoming “The Verdigris” album. […]

  • Track Debut: John Calvin Abney's dreamy new song "Sirens"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    When John Calvin Abney finishes a set, he said he’s used to hearing one thing. It’s not about his slick guitar playing or his clever lyrics. It’s usually about the honesty of his songwriting. That’s in full display on “Sirens,” a cut off of the January release “Better Luck.” Here’s your exclusive first listen to […]

  • Movie Review: 'Inherent Vice'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Paul Thomas Anderson is back again with an all-star cast in the crime comedy-drama “Inherent Vice,” about a drug-fueled detective (Joaquin Phoenix) in 1970 Los Angeles investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

  • Track Debut: Josh Sallee's personal new song "MaybeHeavenWasJustLonely"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Josh Sallee is a pretty sick rapper. No seriously, the Oklahoma City-based musician wasn’t feeling well when I reached out to him digitally this morning. So, I appreciate him all the more for answering a few questions about his surprise EP release. Here’s your first chance to hear “MaybeHeavenWasJustLonely” off of “All in a Nights Work” […]

  • Track Debut: Rob Vader's booming new track "PANDEMIC!"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Seven albums. Three years. Oklahoma City rapper Rob Vader definitely aims to impress. He drops that statistic among a few other bold statements in this short track with a big, hardy sound. Here’s your first chance to hear “PANDEMIC!” off of Rob Vader’s upcoming Jan. 5 release “Digital Dexterity.” Just a heads up, I’d throw […]

  • The Oklahoman's Top 10 movies of the year

    Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    An unstable feathered actor and a film 11 years in the making top The Oklahoman reviewers' list of best movies of 2014. Brandy McDonnell, Gene Triplett and Grace Gordon pick the top 10 best movies of the year in this comprehensive list.

  • Video Debut: Medicine Brother plays "Hard Love" live

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Dither is at it again. This time it’s in the form of a live music video for the Oklahoma City-based quintet Medicine Brother. Like me, this is probably your first interaction with the band, but I’ll catch you up. Medicine Brother is made up of Dillon Branscum (keys), Aaron Robinson (guitar), Spencer Bennett (bass), Bart Estes […]

  • Movie Review: "The Interview" isn't a Christmas miracle

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    As I dished out $6 to watch a stream of “The Interview,” I was reminded of the experience of an actual interview. The ones I do on the daily. For this film, I did my research. I tried to filter out an exceptional amount of hype. I set time aside, especially for my subject. I […]

  • Movie Review: 'The Imitation Game'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Movie review: In “The Imitation Game,” the omnipresent British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch plays English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, who led the charge on solving the Enigma code during World War II.

  • A lost holiday radio play is our gift to you this year

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The holidays are freakishly close but there’s always time for a good Christmas story. This is somewhat of an experiment, but we teamed up with Blackwatch Studios and Folwer VW of Norman when we heard they had a full-length radio play sitting on the shelves of the recording studio. Recorded and crafted by a handful […]

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • 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 […]




Nathan Poppe Today at 8:11 AM A few shots from the excellent @shovelsandrope show last night at the Performance Lab. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 10:27:16 PM CST @jerrywofford @shovelsandrope 2 true 2 people making 2 much good music 2gether.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:54:45 PM CST @shutupmjewett @shovelsandrope I'll be quieter.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:50:42 PM CST Fact: @shovelsandrope has some serious pull in OKC. Never seen a show this packed on a Thursday night.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:30:27 PM CST Got shut down after shooting three songs at Shovels & Rope. I should have tried to wager with my faculty badge. Great crowd at @acmuco.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 05:46:08 PM CST It smells like the Edmond Purina plant is cooking fried chicken, and I want some.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 03:24:08 PM CST Fact: More people should get pumped up about @shovelsandrope tonight at @acmuco's Performance Lab. Scientific fact. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jan. 29 2015 02:56:25 PM CST RT @okrockshow: Also, we'll play @VDubSessions audio from @RobertHoefling and introduce you to @trashpops! 7pm!
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jan. 28 2015 05:44:29 PM CST RT @VDubSessions: New session with @RobertHoefling is alive and well on the Tubes of You. Please enjoy. https://t.co/olLVQGtwSm
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:57:24 AM CST @JLBoydston Way better than my first idea: Sea men see gold
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:27:56 AM CST I thought of my first genius 2015 headline for "Black Sea." That's right: Maritime Law. LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 27 2015 11:20:45 PM CST Go to bed now so you can wake up and watch the new @VDubSessions tomorrow morning w/ @RobertHoefling. JUST DO IT, OK. LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 27 2015 11:03:29 PM CST You know who's good at talking about new music and food on sticks on the radio? @OKmattcarney + @KOSUryan is who. https://t.co/UsQ9NfWYrB
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 27 2015 06:11:31 PM CST @whotookrachel I wear pants with zippers at the knees so switching to trendy cargo shorts is a breezy breeze.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jan. 27 2015 01:50:58 PM CST I'm loving this first release from @GalaxySwimTeam. 8-bit jams are my jam. @kellNworldpeace will have a review soon. https://t.co/iPAxAbV2Lz
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 26 2015 10:50:08 PM CST I've noticed two new Okie music blogs in the last week. @oxfordkarmamag and @CDMGOK. I'm excited to see what everyone cooks up.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 26 2015 01:58:07 PM CST ICYMI: Guthrie's @QOTPFest expanded its line-up this morning. Check out the additions here... LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:39:46 AM CST Here's that @QOTPFest update. New line-up include @JustinTEarle + @lindiortega + more. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, Jan. 25 2015 09:18:28 PM CST I've got a line-up update for y'all tomorrow morning concerning the @QOTPFest. Keep your peepers peeled on @NewsOK.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Jan. 25 2015 12:10:38 AM CST @meddlemusic What track should I listen to first?

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