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.

  • 10 stray observations from Future's Farmers Market show

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    When I was reading a Q&A with OKC rapper Josh Sallee, I noticed that he mentioned the metro boasts at least one hip-hip show a week. He was right on for this Friday, when the critical darling known as Future visited. The dismal weather and other Memorial Day festivities might have dampened the Farmers Market […]

  • Them Hounds shares hearty new rock track (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Breakups are rarely fun. But for Erin Ames, it led to Them Hounds reforming and finishing a new album. Here’s your first chance to hear the title track from the bluesy rock band’s upcoming “Heart Attack EP.” I sat down with Ames, 25, at Power House Bar in early May to discuss Them Hounds’ recording process. She said […]

  • 11 stray observations from Spoon's Diamond Ballroom show

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Sunday night was Spoon’s third visit to Oklahoma in less than a year. I’d really be OK with a fourth or fifth visit by Thanksgiving. Also, my birthday is in December. No pressure, Spoon. Return when you’re ready. Here’s a few stray observations from the exceptionally fun night. 1. Spoon’s opener and fellow Austinite band […]

  • Leon Russell tops Taloa's new list of performers

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The inaugural Taloa Music Festival announced in April released dozens of new acts Thursday to join the electro, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass lineup. The festival will take place Sept. 25-27 in downtown Guthrie.

  • Is Johnny Polygon Oklahoma's brightest hip-hop star?

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Nathan Poppe interviewed Tulsa’s Johnny Polygon after his raucous set at Norman Music Festival 8. The two discussed Polygon’s confidence, love for Oklahoma and what’s next for the hip-hop artist.

  • Band Q&A: Spoon

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Nathan Poppe interviewed Britt Daniel of Spoon about Howard Stern, taking breaks and rebuilding his band.

  • Leon Russell tops 30+ new acts for Guthrie's Taloa Music Festival

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The inaugural Taloa Music Festival was announced in April, and the eclectic concert celebration released dozens of new acts Thursday to join the electro, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass lineup. The festival will take place Sept. 25-27 in downtown Guthrie. >> Here’s the original announcement. Lawton-born musician Leon Russell tops Taloa’s new list of performers. The […]

  • Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect 2'

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    For a movie about finding an original voice, “Pitch Perfect 2” sure sounds out of tune. Rewind to 2012 when “Pitch Perfect” debuted and became a sleeper hit. The collegiate a capella comedy showcased enough crass, quirky comedy and catchy tunes to develop its own devoted following. You don’t release a sing-along DVD without plenty […]

  • Semifinals Set for Vocal Competition

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Fifteen singers will perform in the semifinal round of the OK City Star. Singers were selected through video auditions and a performance round at the Educational Symposium.  The semifinal performances are free and open to the public at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 in the Christian Life Center of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at […]

  • Southern Sound Concert Series returns with a vengeance 

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The first Southern Sound Concert Series go-round in January was an intimate music experiment set in the Will Rogers Theatre, a pretty underutilized concert venue. The talent was solid (Samantha Crain, Austin Lucas, Drag the River) but the crowd and venue wasn’t a completely harmonious fit. On May 15, organizers are ready for round two and […]

  • Kyle Reid releases smoking new song "Manic Expression" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Be careful if you crack open a cigar box around Kyle Reid. It might just be one of his homemade instruments. After five years of building cigar box guitars, Reid put together an EP of his favorite recordings on his self-made creations. Here’s your first opportunity to hear “Manic Expression” off of “Don’t Be Afraid…” […]

  • Why did Lorna Dixon travel more than 4,000 miles to see JD McPherson?

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Cancer survivor Lorna Dixon's love of JD McPherson’s music is driving her travels.

  • Queen of the Prairie festival rocks music lovers in Guthrie

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The two-day music celebration in Guthrie, Oklahoma, took place in the middle of Cottonwood Flats. The concert aimed to build on the momentum of 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road stopover and a series of Make Guthrie Weird street festivals.

  • Movie review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James Spader), a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

  • H&8th and Heard on Heard release May music lineups

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    My inbox is just bursting at the seams this week. Luckily, it’s good music news and hopefully the weather isn’t as ominous for these street festivals. I was bummed when H&8th got canceled last week. Hopefully this article the skies of any April showers. Here’s all you need to be a good listener at H&8th and […]

  • Guthrie to host another new music festival in fall

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Taloa, an eclectic concert celebration, aims to mix electro, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass and a lot more in Guthrie.

  • O Fidelis releases galactic 'Posthuman Project' music video (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    O Fidelis is going places. For its new “Up and Away” music video, that place is 100,000 feet into the air. This is your first chance to watch the Oklahoma-based band’s new video. Director Kyle Roberts teamed up with the americana folk duo and latched a GoPro onto a weather balloon that traveled into the […]

  • Writing about musical innovation can require fresh eye ... or ear

    BY NATHAN POPPE, Entertainment Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    From the studio to the front row of a concert, The Oklahoman’s entertainment writer Nathan Poppe has been working alongside bands recording new music to make sure a piece of their story can be told in a creative way.

  • Norman Music Festival fills downtown Norman in its eighth year

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writers | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    With its financial situation balanced and steady and attendance in the tens of thousands, the Norman Music Festival has become a massive free music event that draws bands and fans from across the state and country.

  • Drawn together: Weekly drawing event in Oklahoma City boasts serious art talent

    BY NATHAN POPPE, Entertainment Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Welcome to the best of Drink & Draw, an event that invites doodlers of all skill levels to gather on a weekly basis in Oklahoma City.




Nathan Poppe Today at 4:29 PM ICYMI: @1future at the OKC Farmers Public Market. LINK cc: @LND_RNRS LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 10:42:43 PM CST @tzeeck @zakforsman @TonyinOKC @markwzitzow Tell me about it.
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 10:41:19 PM CST @zakforsman @tzeeck @TonyinOKC @markwzitzow You can say that again.
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 10:37:11 PM CST @markwzitzow @tzeeck @TonyinOKC @zakforsman Tell me about it.
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 10:31:11 PM CST @tzeeck You don't need an excuse when Bill Hader is involved. There's some gold in there, too.
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 09:12:01 PM CST @thedigsy LINK
Nathan Poppe Sun, May. 24 2015 04:44:55 PM CST The creators of Bad Lip Reading have clearly never been to Tulsa. LINK
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 11:04:52 PM CST @jerrywofford @Rocklahoma Is this a bad time for a Linkin Water Park pun?
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 10:57:14 PM CST To all you drivers out there, those dangerous, flooded roads won't drive into themselves. Take a walk on the wild side and give it a shot.
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 10:41:07 PM CST Has everyone checked on their tigers tonight?
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 09:21:54 PM CST Another day of rain and Oklahoma is gonna be reduced to that cave from the "The Little Mermaid" where the psychotic fish girl hoarded stuff.
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 09:04:27 PM CST @jerrywofford That's a huge bummer. Get photos of all the drinking games.
Nathan Poppe Sat, May. 23 2015 09:29:30 AM CST I caught @1future last night in OKC and so should've you. LINK
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 11:52:09 PM CST Future's dreads are two colors. That's twice as many as I expected.
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 10:40:58 PM CST If you picture this Future show as the SRLC 2015 after party then the world feels like the better, funnier place it really is.
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 05:55:29 PM CST @kristimcmullen Being a copy cat.
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 05:54:14 PM CST Tonight I'm catching Future. Time to finally try and slip the phrase "that's dope" into a casual conversation.
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 02:22:25 PM CST I've caught three nails in my car's tires in the past month. Can anyone beat that record?
Nathan Poppe Fri, May. 22 2015 12:57:32 PM CST I caught @Built_2_Spill last night and so should've you. LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, May. 21 2015 10:40:47 PM CST Really solid turnout for this @Built_2_Spill show at @acmuco. Twenty years of practice does pay off.

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