• By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer
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"This is my first music festival," Warren Buffett said.

He stood on the main stage at Maha Music Festival to introduce indie rock band Car Seat Headrest and his Drive 2 Vote campaign.

Buffett was cheered by the crowd, which numbered in the thousands at that time in the afternoon.

"A crowd this size could literally decide who becomes the next president," Buffett said.

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The frontwoman, singer and guitarist for the pinky pop-rock duo has boundless enthusiasm, and she smiled almost all the way rough the band's early set at Maha Music Festival.

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Time to go back to school.

And I have some songs for that.

Though “back to school” doesn’t have quite so obvious and cathartic jams as summer break — say, Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” or any number of Beach Boys surf songs — there are still plenty of tunes that make sitting in a classroom at least a little more exciting.

Listen in to the 10 best back to school songs.

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Aside from having audience that pay to sit and be entertained, comedy and rock don't have too much in common. 

Then you have “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose concert Wednesday was an odd mix of laughs and straight-up rock star moments that you won't find much anywhere else. 

As he rocked out to “Smells Like Nirvana,” the crowd rocked out like it was actually at a Nirvana show. (And for those of us who personally relate to “White & Nerdy,” it felt like seeing a legend onstage.) And just after the band blazed through the chorus, we laughed when he sang the parody’s nonsense of “It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss.”

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After a canceled tour, Conor Oberst found himself in Omaha last winter with nothing much to do.

He wrote an album. Then in 48 hours, he recorded entire thing.

"I wasn't expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor," he said.

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Miranda was ready to see her girls.

The country star took the stage to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” and as she kicked off her set with three girl-power anthems — “Fastest Girl in Town,” “Baggage Claim” and “Kerosene” — she was greeted by thousands of women shouting the lyrics.

With the arena’s upper bowl blocked off, Miranda Lambert filled the CenturyLink Center’s lower bowl Saturday. The thousands of fans were dominated by groups of women enjoying a night out as they raised cups of beer to the sky, and Lambert joined them with her rhinestone-encrusted mug.

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For more than an hour Wednesday, M83 turned Stir Cove into a blissed-out dance hall. 

Led by French singer and musician Anthony Gonzalez, the electronic rock band pushed guitars, synths, saxophone, keyboards and percussion together to construct lush environments that sounded straight out of movie soundtracks and dance clubs. 

Two days before playing the main stage at Lollapalooza, Gonzalez and his band pushed thumping beats, electric solos and grooving melodies out to a an eager Stir Cove crowd ready to throw their arms up and dance. 

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You can’t miss Ground Floor Guitar.

As you stroll down Farnam Street, you can’t help but notice the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a good look at the showroom of Ground Floor Guitar.

A wall of guitars is painted with the same design as the album “Figure 8” by Elliott Smith, the legendary singer-songwriter who was born down the street at Clarkson Hospital.

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Stapleton is capable of country slow-jams, bluesy ballads and romping folky stomp songs, and we got a little of it all. His best stuff was the thumping country singalongs “Nobody to Blame,” “Traveller” and “Might As Well Get Stoned,” but fans also cheered for his cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” and his own “The Devil Named Music.”

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