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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.

13 new songs you should add to your iPod now

Whether you’re tired of the same old stuff on your iPod or interested in something to add to your workout playlist, I have some suggestions.

Omaha musician giving it all away

Matt Whipkey is giving away all of his music.

Tweedy brings rock and quiet to long set at Sokol

Voice. Guitar. Whistling.

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. 

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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