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.

  • 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.

  • 5 ways to kick off your Oklahoma weekend

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    H&8th If you're at an event in Oklahoma City and you're not surrounded by food trucks then did it really happen? That's the sort of pondering you can do at H&8th tonight. I highly suggest catching the music lineup which boasts some exceptional acts. Brashear's recent release is a knockout and you're going to have a harder time catching Annie Oakley for free after they release their next EP in September.  7 p.m. - D. Whitfield Ensemble  8 p.m. - Annie Oakley 9 p.m. - Rachel Brashear 10 p.m.

  • Flight night: Damn Quails album release concert set to rock Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Damn Quails’ long-awaited sophomore album, “Out of the Birdcage,” hits shelves Sept. 4 via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records, but you can hear it live at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Oklahoma/Texas-based band lands at the Wormy Dog Saloon.

  • Oklahoma City film community stays active with new short film

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma-based film crew occupied a back alleyway behind No Regrets Tattoo. They were preparing to film a pivotal scene in "Nora," a short film from the mind of director/writer Tanner Herriott.

  • Kyle Reid shares his cigar box ballads (Stair-A-Okie Performance)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    You can't smoke cigars in The Oklahoman building like I imagine my journalistic ancestors would've, but there's no rule against cigar box guitars. That's Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter Kyle Reid up above. He visited the newsroom for our second staircase concert installment and played material from his latest album "It's Alright...". Interesting note: he makes those instruments by hand and released that album's worth of acoustic jams in May. Not too shabby for a guitar with three strings, right? This performance isn't as rowdy as when Kyle plays with his Low Swingin' Chariots backing band, but I think that's a good thing. Lean your chair back and enjoy it. Like Reid said

  • What happened to the TALOA Music Festival?

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    GUTHRIE — The music ended before it even began. Guthrie’s TALOA Music Festival has been canceled. The inaugural music, camping, art and yoga celebration scheduled for Sept. 24-26 confirmed the news via its Facebook page. “We are sad and regretful to inform you that TALOA Music Festival has been cancelled,” the post read. “We thank you all for your support and all tickets will be refunded within the next 3-5 days.” Influential Lawton-born musician Leon Russell topped the headliners scheduled to play the festival. Nearly 100 acts were set to perform. The festival experienced uncertainty early on.

  • Filmmakers sweat it out for new Okie short

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Inside a posh, well-decorated room of Guthrie’s Scottish Rite Temple, cast and crew were in the midst of another 13-hour shoot. It was day four of a weeklong production schedule for “Pax Masculina,” a locally grown short film.

  • The Damn Quails share rocking title track "Out of the Birdcage" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Somewhere in Oklahoma you’ll maybe find the Midway Café. It’s an old trucker stop where drivers parked their rigs and danced with women that weren’t their wives. The most reliable way to get there today is through the title track of The Damn Quails’ long-awaited sophomore album “Out of the Birdcage.” The album hits shelves Sept. 4 via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records. Here’s your first chance to hear the opening song from the Oklahoma/Texas-based band. I met with Quails co-frontman Bryon White at Elemental Coffee in August. Between cigarette drags, the Shawnee-born singer/songwriter shared more about the track that his Grandpa inspired.

  • Western swing never sounded so good

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Tulsa-based musician Jacob Tovar's Western-inspired group will have an album release party Friday for its self-titled LP “Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps,” which will hit shelves Tuesday via Horton Records.

  • Movie review: 'Straight Outta Compton'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Comic book nerds get “The Avengers.” Sci-fi fans get “Jurassic World.” Classic hip-hop fans now have their own slickly produced summer epic. “Straight Outta Compton” is a conventional music biopic. Think “Walk the Line” or “Ray," just with a lot more f-bombs, nifty nicknames and more saucy beefs than a two-story Arby’s.  Do you recognize the names DJ Yella, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E or Ice Cube? They were the principle members of N.W.A., a hip-hip outfit responsible for some of the genre's most influential material. They're responsible for the birth of gangsta rap.

  • What's Oklahoma to you?

    Compiled by Nathan Poppe and Tiffany Gibson | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    #MyOklahoma is still going strong in its second year, with more than 56,000 submissions on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag started as a way to showcase why we all live in and love Oklahoma. It was also a way for the community to come together in the aftermath of the May 2013 deadly storms. Since then, #MyOklahoma has allowed people to celebrate our state and all its beauty. We’ve even been able to form friendships with many of the talented photographers through Instameets and #SundayStories. For the latter, we wanted to know more about the thought process of a photo and how it was edited. People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we wanted to know more about what’s behind it.

  • Plaza District Festival releases music lineup and schedule

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The biggest little district in Oklahoma shared its festival music lineup Tuesday. The Plaza District Festival highlights art, music, food and all the district has to offer in an all-day celebration. It takes place Sept. 26, and the street party will feature Okie talent on two stages. Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots will headline the festival. In 2014, The Oklahoman named Reid & Co.'s debut as the top Okie album of the year. Check out the schedule below to see who else is playing. Main stage Noon - Akiba

  • Dates are set for OKC's 2016 deadCenter Film Festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The 16th rendition of the deadCenter Film Festival will take place throughout downtown Oklahoma City from June 8-12 in 2016.

  • DeadCenter Film Festival announces 2016 dates, opens call for entries

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Although the credits just rolled on deadCenter Film Festival in June, Oklahoma's biggest film festival shared its 2016 dates Monday. The 16th rendition of the festival will take place throughout downtown Oklahoma City from June 8-12 in 2016. A record-breaking 30,000 people attended screenings in 2015. That generated an economic impact of more than $1.25 million for Oklahoma City, according to a press release. Director of programming and education Kim Haywood said in an interview Monday that the festival will still last five days and will continue operating as a part of the newly announced deadCenter Film Institute.  "It's still early but we're already working to make deadCenter just as big

  • BRANCHING OUT: Oklahoma City store Out on a Limb marks its first anniversary

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Cassie Neahring owns and operates Out on a Limb, an Oklahoma City Plaza District clothing boutique that sells vintage clothing she mends and alters.

  • 7 stray observations from Dawes at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Oklahoma City group hugged Dawes last night. For the band, I think the love was mutual. Roughly 500 patrons filled the ACM@UCO Performance Lab on Wednesday night. That's about capacity, which warms my heart because it further confirms the metro's hunger for interesting, intimate concerts. Fresh from releasing "All Your Favorite Bands" in June, the band started promptly at 9:15 and dished some tender rock tunes with an appropriate amount of heady guitar jams. Here's what I remember from the sweaty summer evening. 1. Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith looked to totally redeem himself with this concert. Last time he was in Oklahoma City in 2013, he said his voice was a wreck. He had sipped tea onstage

  • 'The Daily Show' anchor leaves behind more than legacy of laughs

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Jon Stewart was a TV star and ringleader for a different breed of news show — "The Daily Show" — that played by its own rules. Stewart didn't break stories. Instead, he ripped apart the reporting of national news networks with sharp, playful observations. He hosts his final show Thursday.

  • ‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ to be filmed in state, officials say

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Film producers for the big screen adaptation of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” revealed initial casting on Monday. Based on Nancy Pickard’s book, the film stars Maika Monroe, best known from her role in the horror sleeper hit “It Follows,” and soon to be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Also joining the cast are Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Lost”) and Brad Carter (“True Detective”) of the forthcoming “Black Mass,” the Johnny Depp gangster vehicle about Whitey Bulger. Grace also serves as a producer on the film. Filming for “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” begins in Oklahoma in the fall. The budget is estimated in the $3 million range.

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Nathan Poppe Today at 10:01 AM My track debut game is strong. Check out @LimberLimbs + @ElTeaZee + @thedamnquails + more.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 10:40:14 PM CST Hey night owls, you'll have a whale of a good time sniffin' out my new blog posts.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 08:46:19 PM CST I'm on @_StateOfTheArt_ name dropping @TALLOWSOK @ElTeaZee and @DwightTwilley. Turn it to @KOSURadio right meow.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 08:37:06 PM CST Listen now!!!
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 04:49:35 PM CST I'm on day 2 of self-installation wi-fi with @CoxComm. Fun fact: I turned on gas and electricity in less than 10 minutes online.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:28:16 PM CST Look and then listen.
Nathan Poppe Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:27:41 PM CST @joewertz Thanks, I still wish that my suit wasn't at the cleaners. It would've been a gamechanger. A sweaty gamechanger.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 01 2015 05:57:01 PM CST Thunderbitch is the rad new side-project from Alabama Shakes' lead singer and my favorite basketball team.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 01 2015 03:48:45 PM CST Get ready for another track debut tonight on @NewsOK. @LimberLimbs have a tasty new tune cooked up for ya.
Nathan Poppe Tue, Sep. 01 2015 03:39:00 PM CST @OKmattcarney @rcrissinger @EdibleOkc That's the day three pizza boys became pizza men.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 08:40:02 PM CST Just debuted a new track from @ElTeaZee. Check it out only on @NewsOK.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 06:16:03 PM CST Do yourself a huge favor and watch "Over The Garden Wall." Cartoons are totally for grown ups. H/T @kalynfay
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:31:21 PM CST @skeeloco Thanks! Proud of that one.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 03:49:44 PM CST This is a bummer. I think the city needs more voices and this was one that had some smart, fun things to say.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:08:23 AM CST ICYMI:
Nathan Poppe Mon, Aug. 31 2015 12:28:02 AM CST Just when I thought it was safe to go to bed @MileyCyrus + @theflaminglips drop this joint.
Nathan Poppe Sun, Aug. 30 2015 12:27:18 PM CST @czahller I did get to catch Aaron Lee Tasjan in Tulsa. I'm not a total disappointment.
Nathan Poppe Sat, Aug. 29 2015 07:41:20 PM CST @fowwow Milk stout hopefully.
Nathan Poppe Sat, Aug. 29 2015 06:48:13 PM CST @oxfordkarmamag Party hard nonetheless. What a great lineup. Don't let the neighbors tell you to turn it down.