Rock Candy


Sturgill Simpson plays some real country music

Country music doesn't get better than this.

Rock Candy: Local bands go statewide

Hear Nebraska director hopes tour gets audiences excited.

‘Archive’ digs up 311 gold

Four-disc box set full of bonus tracks, photos, art and more


Fans scream all the words for Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional

A trio of bands brought people back in time again.

Conor Oberst and Desaparecidos perform 'City on the Hill' on 'Seth Meyers'

Watch the Omaha punk rock band make its late night TV debut.

The 10 best albums of the year so far

In the first six months of 2015, I’ve heard kicking rock ’n’ roll, moving folk, nostalgic rock, hard-hitting punk and intense hip-hop.

Each week, 90-year-old Omaha drummer rocks out at musicians jam

Omaha is home to indie rock giants and a platinum holiday music icon. It’s also the home of Bill Ring.

Hear Omaha rocks downtown at first event

Matt Whipkey and his band kicked off the summer series with a rocking set.

Rock Candy: See Hop Along live; Pageturners Lounge to bring free music this summer

Hop Along is one of those bands that debuted to huge buzz.


No Coast fest delivers grooving rock from Cage the Elephant

Thousands rocked out with Cage the Elephant, Bleachers and more on Tuesday.

The Decemberists delight at Omaha concert

A little wind, chill and rain could not stop The Decemberists.

13 songs to add to your workout playlist

A good playlist keeps you motivated during a long workout, and if you run, it can keep you in rhythm.

The Good Life announce first new album in 8 years

Tim Kasher and friends will release "Everybody's Coming Down" with Saddle Creek Records later this year.

Judas Priest kicks off Stir Cove series with raucous show

Heavy metal masters Judas Priest brought "Breakin' the Law" and plenty more if its ear-ringing jams to Stir Cove on Wednesday.

Rock Candy: For music fests, go Midwest

Catch acts big and small (and local!) but skip giant crowds.

Rock Candy: Twinsmith hits sophomore sweet spot

Twinsmith sounds like a different band on its second record.

Arlo Guthrie entertains with stories, songs, 'Alice's Restaurant'

Like an old musician philosopher wizard, Arlo Guthrie told tales of legends, explained how music effects the world and showed us the magic of song.

Rock Candy: Record Store Day success

Record Store Day was the biggest day ever at Homer's Music, which had a line stretching down the block and around the corner before the doors opened. An exclusive 311 release brought out many.

In Omaha, Record Store Day 2015 brings out big crowds

Hundreds of people stood in line outside of Homer's Music in the Old Market. A line stretched down Howard Street and around the corner.

Maha's lineup. We’ll say it again: Wow.

Describing Maha’s lineup is like the best kind of déjà vu.

Notes: 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines has killer slate

Maha Music Festival will unveil its 2015 lineup on Sunday. Keep an eye on for the details Sunday night.

80/35 Music Festival to host Weezer, Wilco and more

It may be that 80/35 is the biggest and best music festival in the plains.


Dead Sara is just so, so good

After Dead Sara walked off the stage, several people walked up to me and said they were blown away.

Desaparecidos back with 'Payola,' first album in 13 years

Conor Oberst and his punk band Desaparecidos have announced a new album, "Payola," to be released June 23 with Epitaph Records, according to Pitchfork.

Here's who has played the annual Memorial Park concert over the years

Back in 1987, The Lettermen (and fireworks, of course) brought 20,000 people to Memorial Park.

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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