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Matthew Sweet's playing a pair of nearby shows next week

Matthew Sweet hasn’t played close to home in a while.


Watch Conor Oberst's 'You Are Your Mother's Child'

Bright Eyes bandleader Conor Oberst has released a new video for his solo album, "Upside Down Mountain."

How country is Nebraska?

In what state is life most like a country song?

They loved him, yeah, yeah, yeah: 11,000 go wild for Paul McCartney during epic concert

In front of a sold-out audience of young and old, kids and 20-somethings, original Beatles fans and newcomers, McCartney reached deep down into his catalog to play 39 songs during a three-hour concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena that spanned decades of music.


311 closes a feel-good day at Grassroots

At River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, the Omaha-bred five-piece group celebrated the 20th anniversary of its sophomore album, “Grassroots."


The Hold Steady brings loud, celebratory rock

After blasting straight through 10 songs, Craig Finn finally pressed pause on The Hold Steady to deliver some rock 'n' roll wisdom.

Q&A: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on 'Teeth Dreams' and American sadness

"Teeth Dreams" is classic The Hold Steady: A banging bar rock record with an undercurrent of sadness and anxiety.


Bruno Mars can sing, dance and play — and fans in Omaha loved every minute

Bruno Mars is a true talent.

Hear Nebraska gets redesign, adds music to every page

Hear Nebraska looks a little different as of this week.


Enjoyable mash-up of classical, pop hits during Night of the Proms

Sunday’s concert was like a wedding DJ’s dance floor set come to life with the added punch of an orchestra.

Enthralled fans shower James Taylor with love

With his 11-member All-Star Band, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kept the audience rapt through a 24-song set.


Criteria delivers rock without the pressure

Lately, Steve Pedersen’s life has been dominated by regular stuff for a 39-year-old: Marriage. Work. Kids.


O.A.R., Phillip Phillips deliver double the sing-along songs

With a double bill of O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips at Stir Cove, a venue packed with more than 3,000 people got double the sing-along songs on a gorgeous summer night.


The Faint rocks another legendary hometown show

The Faint’s hometown concerts are legendary.

The best albums of 2014 (so far)

We’re almost halfway done with 2014 already.

Q&A: The Faint's Todd Fink on a long hiatus, 'Doom Abuse,' new tour

The Faint did what every band does. They made an album, they went out on tour and, when the band returned, they couldn’t bring themselves to do it again.

Just Announced: Lorde, Ringo and two Pinnacle cancellations

Welcome to the weekly feature of all the notable concerts in the Omaha/Lincoln area that were announced this week.

Gear Up: Relays earbuds by Sol Republic

After some time getting used to them, I love my Relays.

Q&A: Conor Oberst on major labels, solo record, new Desaparecidos album and more

There's a lot going on with Conor Oberst.

Just Announced: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Mike Watt, Powerman 5000 and more

Welcome to the weekly feature of all the notable concerts in the Omaha/Lincoln area that were announced this week.

Omaha Gives: Musical organizations searching for donations

By now, you probably know the deal: Every year on one day, Omaha Gives organizes a city-wide fundraiser for nonprofit organizations.

Jason Mraz's new album recorded in Omaha (which is not rural)

Fedora'd folkie Jason Mraz has a new album, "YES!," was recorded partially in Omaha. Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes co-produced the album with Mraz.

Under Review: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain'

Conor Oberst’s primary skill is distilling big ideas into two lines of lyrics.

311 will play 'Grassroots' in its entirety at hometown show

It was already news that 311 would play an Omaha-area show on July 12, the 20th anniversary of the release of its sophomore album, "Grassroots."

Orenda Fink releases single, new album out on Saddle Creek in August

Orenda Fink is ready with her fourth solo album.

About Rock Candy

A blog about music in all its forms, Rock Candy is the work of Kevin Coffey, the music critic and reporter for the Omaha World-Herald.

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