Rock Candy

Rock Candy: 13 spring tunes to treat your winter blues

In an effort to bring on the warmer weather, I’m at least going to conjure warmer vibes out of my stereo with some songs that feel like spring.

New service is like Netflix for live local music

Pay one monthly fee and go to as many local concerts as you’d like. A creation of Startup Weekend Nebraska, the service is barely off the ground, but its creator hopes it will be a big deal.

Matt Whipkey delivers again with darker ‘Underwater’

Cold months are conducive to huddling in bars, getting over breakups and forging new friendships over late night mixed drink philosophy.

Conor Oberst on comedian Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast

Conor Oberst appears on the latest episode of "WTF," a podcast by comedian Marc Maron.


Sleater-Kinney shows why they’re riot grrrl icons

Sleater-Kinney’s fantasy about wanting to be punk rock icons — “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” — has come true.

Barry Manilow works his magic in Omaha with farewell tour kickoff

Nearly 8,000 roaring, dancing and singing fans greeted Barry Manilow one last time Wednesday. It was an epic send-off full nearly three dozen hit songs, swaying fans waving green glowsticks and the slow dances of lots of loving couples.

The best and worst of the Grammy Awards

Sam Smith and Beck were big winners during last night's Grammy Awards, but they weren't the only thing going on at The Grammys.

Live chat: Grammy Awards ceremony with Kevin Coffey

Join The World-Herald's music critic to talk about the Grammy Awards ceremony.

Grammy Awards: Who should win, will win in 22 major categories

Wanna chat? World-Herald music writer Kevin Coffey will be chatting with readers through the Grammys, which begin tonight at 7 p.m. on CBS. Head to Rock Candy, Kevin's blog, to join the fun.

Review: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show was good, not great

I guess I was expecting more.


In Pinnacle Bank Arena, CenturyLink Center battle, concertgoers win

The duo of arenas' presence has meant 43 big-time concerts in the past 15 months.

Desaparecidos (officially) sign to Epitaph

Conor Oberst's punk band, Desaparecidos, has signed to the premier punk label, Epitaph Records.

Rock Candy: Winter tunes to warm up your soul

There’s nothing like keeping up the heat with a good record and a warmth-giving beverage.

Rock Candy: Lineup out for Lincoln festival

Lincoln Exposed has announced its lineup.

Rock Candy: What about AC/DC? Readers react to our rankings of the biggest artists ever

Ranking the biggest artists since the 1950s wasn’t too difficult.

Join us for #musicchat

I like talking about music, and if you’re reading this, I bet that you do, too.


The Vandals rule punk reunion

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Punk isn’t dead, but it is getting older.

Rock Candy: A beach trip with The Sub-Vectors

Surf music feels almost out of place in Nebraska. But The Sub-Vectors can bring the beach to this very sandless and cold place.


The 17 best concert photos of 2014

We took a lot of concert photos in 2014. I shot more than 20 shows (and two festivals) and World-Herald staff photographers did even more.

8 musical resolutions to ensure a rocking 2015

As in the beginning of every year, I offer you some potential musical resolutions to make 2015 a much more rocking year.

The 25 best songs of 2014

The best songs of 2014 were streamed on my Spotify countless times. The albums they came on practically lived in my CD player. 


The best 14 concerts and festivals of 2014

Around here, there is a concert every single night of the entire year. It’s impossible for someone to see them all, and it’s also impossible to see every good show. But I saw a lot, and these are the best among the many I attended.


The top 25 albums of 2014

Good music is what we listen to on the radio or while we’re jogging on a nice day.

Rock Candy: TKO hits us hard with new album

TKO's first three releases — two albums and a mixtape — came out in a little more than a year, and he has built his lighting-fast raps into a prolific output of more than 50 songs.

Rock Candy: Grammy noms leave a lot to be desired

On Friday, the Grammy Awards dragged their nomination announcements out over half a day. Maybe they needed to drum up excitement somehow because it was a such a dull list.

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.

Send ideas, comments, questions, mp3s, press kits, photos, tour schedules, CDs, press releases or some snacks (I enjoy cookies) to one of these addresses:

• 1314 Douglas Street Suite 700
Omaha, NE 68105-1811

Kevin can be reached by phone at 402-444-1557.

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