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The 10 best photos of SXSW

I spent five days watching, listening to and photographing bands.

You Gotta Listen to This: A SXSW playlist

While in Austin for South by Southwest music festival, I heard a lot of good music.

SXSW: The 25 best and worst things from South by Southwest 2015

South by Southwest was, once again, incredible.

Omaha music legend raising money to fix tooth

The beloved Omaha musician lost one of his front teeth.

SXSW Photos: Day three

The second day of South by Southwest was a blast. Check out my photos from the festival.

SXSW: Mac McCaughan delivers solo set with the help of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield

Mac McCaughan doesn't need a band.

SXSW Photos: Day two

The second day of South by Southwest was a blast. Check out my photos from the festival.

Spoon closes out first day of SXSW

Hype Hotel was packed.

SXSW Photos: Day one

The first day of South by Southwest was a blast. Check out my photos from the festival.

Read W-H writer Kevin Coffey's coverage of South by Southwest music fest from Austin

The annual Texas music festival features thousands of bands, both big-time and up-and-coming. 

SXSW: Jukebox the Ghost should be more popular

 I attempted to catch The Mowgli's and Future Islands at the tiny Clive Bar, but it was an impossible task to gain entry.

SXSW: Best Coast pulls out new tunes for heavy, intimate set

With a new album coming in May, Best Coast has a lot to show.

Bob Seger rocks out for big Lincoln crowd

LINCOLN - No one had quite as much fun as Bob Seger on Sunday.

The Mynabirds announce new album out on Saddle Creek this summer

The Mynabirds are back.

Coffey: What artists, bands I'll be looking for at SXSW

I'll be in Austin, Texas, for the five-day music festival at South by Southwest. While I’m there, I’ll be covering several Nebraska bands such as Twinsmith and Icky Blossoms.

Happy 311 Day

To celebrate 311 Day, we picked five of our favorite 311 stories.

Rock Candy: 13 spring tunes to treat your winter blues

In an effort to bring on the warmer weather, I’m at least going to conjure warmer vibes out of my stereo with some songs that feel like spring.

New service is like Netflix for live local music

Pay one monthly fee and go to as many local concerts as you’d like. A creation of Startup Weekend Nebraska, the service is barely off the ground, but its creator hopes it will be a big deal.

Matt Whipkey delivers again with darker ‘Underwater’

Cold months are conducive to huddling in bars, getting over breakups and forging new friendships over late night mixed drink philosophy.

Conor Oberst on comedian Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast

Conor Oberst appears on the latest episode of "WTF," a podcast by comedian Marc Maron.


Sleater-Kinney shows why they’re riot grrrl icons

Sleater-Kinney’s fantasy about wanting to be punk rock icons — “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” — has come true.

Barry Manilow works his magic in Omaha with farewell tour kickoff

Nearly 8,000 roaring, dancing and singing fans greeted Barry Manilow one last time Wednesday. It was an epic send-off full nearly three dozen hit songs, swaying fans waving green glowsticks and the slow dances of lots of loving couples.

The best and worst of the Grammy Awards

Sam Smith and Beck were big winners during last night's Grammy Awards, but they weren't the only thing going on at The Grammys.

Live chat: Grammy Awards ceremony with Kevin Coffey

Join The World-Herald's music critic to talk about the Grammy Awards ceremony.

Grammy Awards: Who should win, will win in 22 major categories

Wanna chat? World-Herald music writer Kevin Coffey will be chatting with readers through the Grammys, which begin tonight at 7 p.m. on CBS. Head to Rock Candy, Kevin's blog, to join the fun.

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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