Rock Candy

Rock Candy: Hard-to-get concert tix

I’m always getting asked about concert tickets. Who’s coming? When do they go on sale? How much? Can you get me


Vanessa Carlton showers die-hard Omahans with new album, old favorites

When she finally played "A Thousand Miles," Vanessa Carlton was joined by a chorus of eager fans desperate to hear their favorite song.

Rock Candy: Stories and ‘More Like It’

Dan McCarthy doesn’t own a TV. He grinds his coffee by hand. He plays ragtime at a local bar. He’s working on scoring silent films.

Rock Candy: The worst baseball songs

I haven’t been this excited about baseball in 15 years.

Conor Oberst hospitalized; Desaparecidos cancels tour

Conor Oberst was briefly hospitalized this week in Florida, and Desaparecidos has canceled the remainder of its fall tour.

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Oberst spans his catalog at Holland Center performance

Omaha's favorite son, Conor Oberst, came home Saturday.

Waxahatchee's back with 'Ivy Tripp' and a tour stop in Omaha

With two albums under her belt and a boatload of praise for both, Katie Crutchfield wanted to do something different.


Def Leppard rumbles through hit after hit

Backed by a punishing thunder of guitars and drums, the arena rock gods of Def Leppard played a hit-filled set for more than 10,000 fans Sunday. 

Rock Candy: Graphic novel lays out genre’s history, origins and founders
If anyone’s teaching a course in hip-hop or modern music, “Hip Hop Family Tree” better be on the required reading list.

Lincoln Calling festival kicks off six days of music

The annual music festival brings about 100 bands to 10 venues in the capital city.

Rock Candy: An oasis at O’Leaver’s

Walk in O’Leaver’s Pub and give your eyes a moment to adjust to the darkness.

Rock Candy: Loss, feeling lost play roles in Laura Burhenn’s songwriting

The last couple of years have been a long and winding journey for Laura Burhenn.


Desaparecidos blast through long set for hometown fans

Conor Oberst's punk band played its longest set ever for a packed hometown audience.

Rock Candy: Jukebox do’s and don’ts

The bar’s vibe is key, but most important: Don’t be a jerk

Rock Candy: 2015 was Maha’s best year yet

The indie rock festival sold out. Modest Mouse was killer. More than 9,000 people had a great time.

Omahan helps Foo Fighters troll Westboro Baptist Church

When the Foo Fighters pulled a prank on the Westboro Baptist Church, an Omahan was standing front and center.

Hear Nebraska and Omaha Public Library launch site offering free music

With the launch of Download Nebraska, you no longer have an excuse not to have a favorite local band.

Rock Candy: We take Apple Music on a test run

Welcome, Apple Music, to the very crowded world of streaming music.

Maha: Wavves plays new tunes for rowdy crowd

The California garage rock band worked its fans into a frenzy at Maha Music Festival, and it also played several new tunes for the very first time.

Maha: Ex Hex tears through the fest

Ex Hex is so good. 

Maha kicks off with a set from BOTH

Before the gates opened to the 7th annual Maha Music Festival, about 500 people were already lined up outside.

Maha: The Jayhawks debut a few new songs

The Jayhawks were one of the most anticipated bands at Maha Music Festival.

Rock Candy: Though its members moved, The Good Life never went away

The Good Life was always in the back of Tim Kasher’s mind.

Photos: 311's surprise show and 25th anniversary concert

On Tuesday, 311 played a pair of shows for its hometown crowd (and a whole lot of people who traveled to Omaha to see the band in its element).


311 plays tiny, secret show for its most dedicated fans

After a bigger concert, the band headed downtown to play a small, invitation-only show.

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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