Nathan Poppe
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.

  • Weekend Roundup: October 17-19

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 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: '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’

  • Track Debut: ADDverse Effects' jazzy new song "Rock the Mic"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    ADDverse Effects packed up and moved from Norman to Portland but there’s no shortage of love for the 405 in the hip-hop group’s debut EP “Just a Taste.” I’ve got an exclusive debut of the playful track “Rock the Mic” just for you. Just a heads up, if I were a parent then I’d throw […]

  • Track Debut: Creepozoidz hardcore banger "Temp Agency Martyrs"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    You wouldn’t know it right away, but Oklahoma hides some furious and loud hardcore acts. Creepozoidz is a front-running contributor to that volume, and I’ve got an exclusive debut of the Tulsa band’s new track “Temp Agency Martyrs.” It’s the fifth song off of the band’s new EP “Mutant Resources.” I contacted Creepozoidz frontman Jeremie […]

  • Track Debut: Moongiant's gentle new tune "Nightjar"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based band Moongiant has wrapped its debut EP “Territories,” and I’ve got an exclusive debut of the folky ballad “Nightjar.” Jacob Mann (drums/vocals) and Erich Massad (vocals/guitar) met me at Saints Pub in September, and we discussed how the above song was created. Massad said the track started as an attempt to replace the intro of another Moongiant […]

  • Track Debut: The Pizza Thieves' anthemic new song "Far Away"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The enthusiasm for garage rock in Oklahoma ebbs and flows but The Pizza Thieves are poised to carry on the beer-drenched torch of The Boom Bang and S/A. Here’s an exclusive first listen to “Far Away” off of the Norman trio’s upcoming EP “Solid Gold Oldies.” I met with Robbie Fetter (guitar), Wade Best (drums) […]

  • Track Debut: Bowlsey's funky new song "Temperance"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Bowlsey is self-releasing a set of 13 new songs Oct. 4 on its debut album titled “Decorous,” and I’ve got an exclusive hip-hop flavored track debut for the song “Temperance.” I sat down with Taylor “Shraz” Mercier (vocals/guitar), Clarissa “Cidward” Castillo (vocals), Justin Hogan (organ) and Donald Eisenberg (drums) at Saints Pub on Wednesday […]

  • Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Only a lukewarm story keeps the stunning stop-motion animated film “The Boxtrolls” from being truly great.

  • Track Debut: BRONCHO's glistening new track "I'm Gonna Find Out Where He's At"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Here’s your first opportunity to hear the softer side of BRONCHO‘s upcoming sophomore release “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman,” which will see the light of day Sept. 16 on Dine Alone Records. The Oklahoma-based band shared an exclusive, early listen to the track “I’m Gonna Find Out Where He’s At,” and it’s about time […]

  • Ford to bring hick-hop country to fair

    By Nathan Poppe
    Entertainment Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    A lot of things make sense together. Fried food and the Oklahoma State Fair. Ferris wheels and friends. Colt Ford and country swagger. But what about golf and the aforementioned musician? Hick-hop country star Ford almost didn't take the route that led him to debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart back in 2008. He almost became a professional golfer. In a recent ESPN.com article, the Georgia native said he realized one thing when it came to deciding between golf or singing about chicken and biscuits: You can't do both. “It was hard to have two loves at the same time,” Ford said in the article. “So my wife told

  • Hear Colt Ford, Kansas & Grand Funk Railroad, too

    By Nathan Poppe
    Entertainment Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    It's not the Oklahoma State Fair without a solid lineup of music. That's exactly what's in store at the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage, which is hosting acts ranging from arena rock legends, country crooners and Mexican pop stars to '90s alternative rockers, a Beatles tribute and a bevy of Elvis impersonators. Each of these sets are free with fair admission and will sweeten your fair experience more than a fried banana bacon sundae ever could. Hick-hop country star Colt Ford gets things started 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The Georgia native's breakthrough album was released back in 2008, and he's fresh from celebrating the fifth anniversary of his independent label, Average Joes Entertainment.

  • Track Debut: Robert Hoefling's breezy new single "Firework"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Tulsa-native Robert Hoefling (pronounced Hay-fling) has a soulful set of 10 tracks called “Old Memories & Live Wires” set to be released Sept. 13. Lucky for you, we’ve got an exclusive first listen to the album’s single, “Firework.” I hopped on the phone with Hoefling, 26, on Thursday to discuss the origins of the above […]

  • Track Debut: Mad Manhattan's tasty pop song "Shadowtalk"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mad Manhattan is a new Oklahoma City music project led by Jonathan King, who’s been rocking out with Paperscissor all summer. Here’s an exclusive first taste of Mad Manhattan’s shiny pop track “Shadowtalk.” I caught up with King and learned about how the track developed. “Shadowtalk” is among a set of new songs the band […]

  • Track Debut: Gum's excellent new song "Weird Dream"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Gum just might be one of the best kept secrets in the Oklahoma City music scene. Hopefully, that starts changing after you hear this exclusive first listen to the track “Weird Dream” off of the band’s upcoming self-titled LP. Gum frontman and Oklahoma-native Joe Bello met me inside of Saint’s in the Plaza District on […]

  • Movie Review: 'Boyhood'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Richard Linklater shows the good, bad and the ugly of growing up in ‘Boyhood’

  • Oklahoma punk duo rock through 'College Dayze'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    A look into the recording process for Cosmostanza’s punk new EP that was crafted in Oklahoma City.

  • Track Debut: Sex Snobs' heavy new track "Frowning Spree"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Sex Snobs is the new Oklahoma City-based hardcore project from Alex Barnard and James Hammontree (pictured above). After reuniting with CHUD drummer Billy Reid, the trio started working on new music. Here’s your exclusive first listen to the track “Frowning Spree” off of an upcoming Sex Snobs EP release. Just a heads up, if I […]




Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 06:06:07 PM CST Tasty shot of the @moongiantmusic crew at the @VDubSessions shoot last week. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 05:14:57 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: *praying it was Carrie Underwood* RT @kfor: Woman arrested for fraud after claiming Jesus Christ will pay her tab http://…
Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 04:29:05 PM CST And it sounds like the food truck and music event will return in March 2015.
Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 04:27:42 PM CST Just learned from @heardonhurd organizers that Saturday's event attracted about 5,500 visitors to downtown Edmond. LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 01:39:29 PM CST You better tie your shoes because things are getting trippy. The stream of @theflaminglips Sgt. Pepper's cover album: LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Oct. 20 2014 11:00:45 AM CST Old website gold. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 17 2014 03:48:45 PM CST What's a guy gotta do to rent out @RJSupperClub for a "Goodfellas" themed party?
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 17 2014 01:56:40 PM CST I had never read this crazy Lips feature until now. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 17 2014 11:02:55 AM CST A little @NewsOK guide to having a delicious and superior weekend featuring @heardonhurd + @rudderlessmovie + more. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, Oct. 17 2014 08:12:40 AM CST RT @edwarddroste: I'm loving Oklahoma City
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:07:20 PM CST @LoRoberson I would say it definitely has its moments. There's plenty to be proud of if you pay attention.
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 07:14:51 PM CST I kinda liked box cutters before I saw her. RT @mynameisJabee: I kinda liked the crazy lady in "Gone Girl"
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 04:36:14 PM CST Lots of new stuff on the blog this week. @spoontheband + @ADDverseEffects + @aclfestival. Check it out here: LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 03:50:44 PM CST Say what you want about another Lips tribute album but all the artists' royalties go to the Bella Foundation. Rad. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 12:31:27 PM CST RT @TumbleweedOK: Check out the @Newsok story covering the @YahooOnTheRoad show with @spoontheband Last night! LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:59:19 AM CST @dereklevibrown Eyes ready but the ears, Derek. What do I do with them?
Nathan Poppe Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:58:28 AM CST A quick wrap-up of @spoontheband's set at the @TumbleweedOK. Streaming at @YahooOnTheRoad btw. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 15 2014 11:38:05 PM CST A big thanks to @spoontheband and @YahooOnTheRoad for making Stillwater a tad more rad. LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 15 2014 10:01:17 PM CST Revised @spoontheband lyrics for Stillwater: 🎶Stillwater has no Target🎶
Nathan Poppe Wed, Oct. 15 2014 09:05:09 PM CST @OKmattcarney @CathJSweeney @Adam_WK A picture is worth a thousand words. Too bad the word is "regret" repeated one thousand times.