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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.

Record Store Day brings vinyl fans out for Black Friday

Record Store Day's Black Friday seemed to be a success once again.

Rock Candy: Get the best releases on Black Friday

Record collectors and music fans love this time of year.

The best parts of Cursive's AMA

Next week, Cursive will reissue it's breakthrough album, "The Ugly Organ." In February and March, it will tour the country with a cello player to revisit that material. And yesterday, Cursive frotnman Tim Kasher took to Reddit to answer questions from fans.

Rock Candy: 311 break lets creative juices flow

When 311 is away, its members get to play.


The New Pornographers rock a sold-out Slowdown

More shows should be like that one.

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Garth Brooks stumbles with latest album

The country music superstar's new album is his first in 13 years. 


Slipknot shakes the floors, rattles rafters at CenturyLink Center

You could feel it in your feet and in your gut as the Iowa-bred rock band chugged through its 90-minute set Thursday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Rock Candy: Taylor Swift pulled her songs, but most other bands can’t

Taylor Swift wants better record sales. That seems to be the main motivator behind Swift and her record label, Big Machine, removing the country-turned-pop singer’s songs from Spotify.

Saddle Creek signs Hop Along, Twinsmith

Phillie band Hop Along will release its next album with Omaha's Saddle Creek Records.

Rock Candy: Big loss set album’s tone

Orenda Fink found herself in “a crazy deep depression.”

Rock Candy: Find out what happened to popular Omaha band Blue Moon Ghetto, now back together

Blue Moon Ghetto’s “Shine All the Time” was a local anthem, and it became one of the most popular songs from an Omaha rock band.


Jake Owen keeps Pinnacle Bank Arena swaying with fun island-style country

On the biggest night of his “Days of Gold” tour, Owen played to a crowd that nearly filled the 9,000-capacity Lincoln arena.

Photo Gallery: Skrillex in the Streets block party

Last night, Skrillex shook the windows in downtown Lincoln.

Gear Up: Sennheiser's Momentum headphones feel great, sound great

Sennheiser's Momentum headphones are the most comfortable things I've ever put on my head.

Rock Candy: The Rural Alberta Advantage bring great sound to Omaha

The Rural Alberta Advantage is really exciting live.

Rock Candy: The Killigans covered 1909 fight song ‘The Cornhusker’

The lesser-known fight song dates back more than a century ago, and it’s getting new life with a recently released and quite excellent version by The Killigans.


With peace and love, Ringo's All-Starrs hammer out the hits

Just under 4,500 people joined Ringo in singing "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Yellow Submarine."

Lincoln Calling: More than 60 bands plus DJs and comedians are scheduled

The 11th annual Lincoln music festival kicks off Tuesday at nine venues in the capital city. 

Review: Phantogram's slow buildup with crowd pays off with big finish

When the electropop duo marched onto the stage, the audience showed it was ready with a roar of cheers. But it appeared that the band needed some time to fully embrace the performance.

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Lorde at Stir Cove

On Saturday, Lorde packed in a crowd at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs.

Review: Sebadoh

Despite hiccups, rockers break in new Benson bar and venue

Cocktails in the front. Rock ’n’ roll in the back.

Rock Candy: The best tapes to pick up on Cassette Store Day

Like the annual Record Store Day, Cassette Store Day is the time to get exclusive cassette tapes at your favorite independent record store.

New Benson music venue opens this weekend

Reverb Lounge is a new music venue in Benson, and it opens with a show Sunday from lo-fi rock pioneers Sebadoh.

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

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