Rock Candy

Review: Super Bowl's halftime show was a lot of fun

Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé brought everyone together.

Rock Candy: Get a taste of Lincoln’s music scene during 4-day festival

For some reason, the 45-minute drive between Omaha and Lincoln often feels much, much longer.

Local singers try for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Local bands vie for a spot on NPR's "All Songs Considered."

Snow Day: 15 great tunes for a snowy winter day

This blog was originally posted Feb. 21, 2015. With all the snow on the way, here it is again.

Rock Candy: Slowdown hands off booking duty

There’s a new player in town.

Slowdown owner talks Knitting Factory deal

The New York booker signed a contract with Slowdown this month.

Review: Nothing could stop the fans from loving Ozzy, Black Sabbath

The thousands — heavily male, dressed in black and often heavily tattooed — heard the first ominous notes of “Black Sabbath” and jumped to their feet to hear the band run through its classics.

Rock Candy: Local singer needs a little jukebox love; Maha sets date

If you’re in a bar this week, search the jukebox for Rowdy Cain.

Slowdown will be booked by Knitting Factory

There's a new player in town.

Maha Music Festival announces 2016 date

Maha Music Festival will return on Aug 20.


Jason Aldean talks new tour, heading to Omaha

The country star called to talk before his upcoming Omaha tour stop.

Rock Candy: 2 big arenas, 1 huge year for concerts

It’s been a little more than two years since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened, joining Omaha’s CenturyLink Center as the biggest venues in the area, and I still get the same questions:

The 7 coolest things David Bowie ever did

We remember David Bowie's best music, movies and moments.


Thomas Rhett talks his No. 1 song, tour stop with Jason Aldean in Omaha

With the biggest song in country, Thomas Rhett talks about playing with Jason Aldean.

Rock Candy: Oberst back in the saddle

First performance in months is with a country cover band.

Live sets from Head of Femur, Mint Wad Willy, Xetas added to

Live at O'Leaver's has produced three more great sets.

The Thermals back with new album on Saddle Creek, 'We Disappear'

Portland ndie punk band The Thermals are back with another hard-hitting rock album.

The 10 best albums of the year

These are the best albums from 2015, and they’re full of music that will have you dancing, laughing, moving, thinking, feeling and, in one particular instance, maybe even crying. 

Conor Oberst returns to stage to play favorite country songs with pals

Conor Oberst took the stage Sunday for the first time in months to have a little fun with his friends. 

The best concerts of 2015

Mark down 2015 as one of the best years ever for live music. I don’t remember the last time I saw this many great concerts.

Rock Candy: In 2016, put more music in your life

I resolve to be more musical.

Concert review: Jack & Jack leave teen fans screaming

For the frenzy of kids jumping around and emptying their lungs for every “Everybody scream!” request, Friday will be unforgettable.

Rock Candy: The best songs inspired by ‘Star Wars’

My favorite “Star Wars” music isn’t John Williams’ sweeping orchestral score.

Review: Jason Isbell delivers a perfect show in Omaha

Put simply, it was an excellent show and perhaps the best I saw all year. When he comes back, buy tickets. You won't regret it. 

Nathaniel Rateliff brings some swing (and 'S.O.B.') to Sokol

He's only 37, but Nathaniel Rateliff has the voice of an old soul singer who has seen some stuff.

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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