2012's biggest stories in music, pop culture - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:18 pm
2012's biggest stories in music, pop culture

A lot happened over the last year in music that no one could have predicted, from a Korean pop song (“Gangnam Style”) topping the charts to the passing of some musical greats.

We looked back at 2012 — including our archives and the “most popular” list on Omaha.com — to find the biggest music stories of the year. They are organized here by date.

Conor Oberst and Phil Schaffart play a secret show at Krug Park. (Jan. 16)

Oberst and his friend and fellow musician Schaffart told people about this show via text message. The bar was at capacity for the intimate concert, which was written about by several national music publications.

Whitney Houston is found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room. (Feb. 11)

The pop icon's accidental drowning just before the Grammys caused a lot of sadness and many beautiful tributes.

Karmin, featuring Nebraska native Amy Heidemann, performs on “Saturday Night Live.” (Feb. 11)

Known for covers of popular songs that garnered ridiculous numbers of YouTube views, Karmin played two of her original songs on the long-running comedy sketch show. The performance was mostly maligned by critics, but still a big night for a Nebraska artist.

Omaha named one of the nation's best music scenes. (March 27)

Though they got a few facts wrong, Livability.com named Omaha one of the best music scenes outside of LA, New York and Nashville. It was a popular topic with Omaha.com readers.

Desaparecidos reunite, debut two new songs at Omaha gig. (April 12)

Shortly after announcing some reunion shows, Conor Oberst's punk band pulled into Slowdown and cranked out a short show full of its debut album and two new songs. It was international music news.

Tupac hologram at Coachella. (April 15)

An optical illusion of rapper Tupac Shakur was the most popular artist to perform at Coachella music festival this year. Rumors of hologram shows from deceased stars flooded in after.

Conor Oberst opens a bar in Dundee. (April 20)

In the former Pageturners book store, Oberst and friend Schaffart opened a chill bar: Pageturners Lounge.

MCA of the Beastie Boys — real name Adam Yauch — dies of cancer. (May 4)

Sad news hit once again with the Beastie Boys announcing the passing of MCA.

Against Me! frontman comes out as transgender. (May 8)

Tommy Gabel announced he would begin living as Laura Jane Grace. Many were surprised at her decision to come out, but being the first major rocker to do so earned her lots of praise.

Rapper Frank Ocean comes out. (July 4)

In a genre sometimes associated with homophobia, Ocean announced his bisexuality to the world. Critics have called his album, “Channel Orange,” one of the year's best.

Rapper Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion. (July 31)

An artistic and spiritual reawakening caused Snoop to release some reggae music and begin calling himself by the new name.

10 best modern, still-playing guitarists. (Aug. 2)

Maybe the most controversial music story we published this year listed the best guitarists (those still creating music that is) from Eddie Van Halen to Nels Cline.

Jack White at Hollywood Candy. (Aug. 6)

The day Jack White was in town to play at the Omaha Music Hall, he and his all-female band showed up to play for about 100 people packed into Hollywood Candy's tiny theater. The six-song set blew fans away.

Pussy Riot gets put in jail. (Aug. 17)

Three members of the Russian, all-female punk band were thrown in prison after a performance and convicted of hooliganism. One member was released on probation, but two are still behind bars. Many, including celebrities and Amnesty International, have pled for their release.

Antiquarium Records closes its doors. (Oct. 1)

A spot known for inspiring current luminaries of Omaha's music scene shut down operations, but the owners hope to reopen at some point.

Red Sky Music Festival calls it quits. (Oct. 19)

After two years, the festival run by Live Nation and the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority won't be continuing.

Springsteen plays “Nebraska” for Nebraska. (Nov. 16)

It wasn't the best-attended show of the year, but the review for this concert — where Springsteen played most of his “Nebraska” album — was one of the most popular music stories on Omaha.com.

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Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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