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Rock Candy: Music, with or without paying for it

Amid announcements for iPhones and Apple Watches, Apple also welcomed their old friends, U2.

Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards announces music nominees

The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards have announced their nominees for music, and there are a ton of nominees for the 17 categories.


The Offspring play 'Smash' and other punk faves

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The rain started, the music revved up and the crowdsurfers floated.


A city saved by indie rock? A Washington Post article about Slowdown is a little off

Indie rock has saved us! At least, that’s what the Washington Post says.


Watch Conor Oberst's 'Common Knowledge'

Today, Conor Oberst released the video for "Common Knowledge" from his solo album, "Upside Down Mountain."


The Afghan Whigs smash through Omaha show

No one does it quite like The Afghan Whigs.

Rock Candy: Podcasts for music lovers
When you’re not listening to tunes, check out these shows.

Rock Candy: VMAs, I’m done with you

MTV’s show is less about awards, more a salute to stars.

Rock Candy: Here’s to a great Maha

Maha Music Festival keeps getting better and better.

Maha: Death Cab for Cutie caps off an excellent festival

After a day of good to great performances, Maha Music Festival was brought to a close with a hammering performance from Death Cab for Cutie.

Maha: The Head and The Heart's voices soar over the festival

Watching The Head and The Heart tonight, I can't help but remember seeing them a few years ago at a sold out show here a few years back. 

Maha: Local Natives crank it up

Local Natives took the stage at Maha Music Festival as the largest part of the audience filed in, which I don't believe is a coincidence.

Maha: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo delight as The Both

When I first heard of The Both, I wasn't sure how it was gonna work. The collab between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo ended up being fantastic. 

Maha: Doomtree delights early crowd

Five MCs and two DJs will give any hip-hop group some serious power. 

Domestica, Matt Whipkey kick off Maha Music Festival

It's a gorgeous day, and the crowds have turned out early for the show. This is the biggest Maha audience I've seen early in the day yet. 


Hip-hop group BOTH plays live at Turner Park

On Wednesday in Midtown Crossing, BOTH performed as part of the Turner Park music series.

Your guide to Maha Music Festival 2014

Saturday marks the sixth Maha Music Festival, and it's slated to be the biggest yet.

Rock Candy: Maha gets a big boost from local talent, too

Among the lineup are some of the best bands from Omaha and the surrounding area.

Giveaway: Win a subscription to Music Unlimited

In this week's column, I reviewed Sony's new streaming service, Music Unlimited. 


Concert review: Hit makers Goo Goo Dolls close out 57 years at Pershing

LINCOLN — Through the last 57 years and change, Elvis Presley, ZZ Top, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, James Brown, Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, Garth Brooks and many, many others played Pershing Center’s stage.

Rock Candy: Sony has another way to stream your music

Streaming music is everywhere, and there’s another new app to try out.


Skypiper plays 'Live at Turner Park'

"Live at Turner Park" kicked off last night with Lincoln group Life is Cool and Omaha band band Skypiper.

From the Archive: Oberst and friends throw rock at Fremont law

This story was originally published on Aug. 1, 2010.

OneRepublic jolts 9,000 with a blast
 of energy

OneRepublic had so much energy, the band’s songs felt like they were arranged within an inch of rolling right off the rails, like a train being driven fast to the point of danger. 


Counting Crows perform before nearly sold-out and excited Stir Cove

Thick air that hung over the stage was filled with shouts of “Hey, Mrs. Potter” and “It’s been a long December.”

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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