Press "Enter" to skip to content


Ariel King is the newswire editor for mxdwn’s music section. Click here to view her collection of work for the site.

Music reflects society and culture. Via mxdwn, Ariel King has been able to cover all major events of 2020 through the lens of music. Take a look below:

COVID-19 (shutdowns)
– Taylor Swift cancels all concerts
– AEG cancels all shows
– Pelican postpones tour
– Bright Eyes cancels tour
– Live Nation announces ticket relief plan
– Missouri governor announces plans to re-open shows
– Failure cancels tour dates
– Hollywood Bowl cancels summer season
– Job layoffs
– NOS Alive postponed
– Vanilla Ice plays concert in Austin amid pandemic
– Pennsylvania music festival continues despite COVID-19 pandemic, uses two-part testing
– Great White perform in North Dakota without social distancing guidelines
– Arcade Fire album delayed due to pandemic
– Los Angeles club transitions to restaurant amid pandemic
– England announces plans to resume indoor concerts
– Yo La Tengo announces socially distanced performance in Boston, MA
– Sony and Universal announce employees will work remotely until 2021
– Merlefest postpones 2021 festival due to COVID-19 pandemic
– Fender bounces back from near-bankruptcy due to pandemic
– KCRW lays off staff due to COVID-19
– Flaming Lips perform with audience members in bubbles to socially distance
– Rick Rubin scheduled to appear in court due to COVID-19 violation
– Eric Clapton and Van Morrison critique COVID-19 lockdowns
– Verzuz postponed due to COVID-19

COVID-19 (deaths and illness)
– Madonna tests positive for COVID-19
– Toots Hibbert passes away following positive COVID test
– Maynard James Kennan of Tool details experience with COVID-19(pt. 1)
– Maynard James Keenan of Tool details experience with COVID-19(pt. 2)
– Jeremih hospitalized in ICU due to COVID-19
– Charley Pride passes away due to COVID-19 
– Ashanti tests positive for COVID-19

– Members of Homewreck quit due to allegations of sexual misconduct
– Dessa makes statement surrounding Doomtree allegations
– Bassnectar steps back from career following allegations of sexual misconduct
– Burger Records addresses allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, announces “zero tolerance policy”
– Mystic Braves dissolves band following sexual assault allegations
– Merge Records pulls Ian Svenious’ music following sexual misconduct allegations

Black Lives Matter
– Pussy Riot share new single “1312” in protest against Chilean police brutality
– M. Shadows asks metal community to support Black Lives Matter, cops up to former problematic imagery
– Mudhoney raises money for NAACP legal fund
– Man Gloom raises money for NAACP legal fund (and other various causes)
– Soul Asylum protest white supremacy with cover of Dead Kennedys “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”
– One Little Indian changes label name to Little Independent Records, apologizes for cultural insensitivity
– BMG reviews record contracts for racial inequalities
– Taylor Swift calls for removal of confederate statues
– Teyana Taylor releases Juneteenth benefit compilation
– David Bowie Questions MTV’s lack of diversity
– Fantastic Negrito releases Juneteenth benefit compilation
– Spirit Adrift raises money for NAACP legal fund
– Beyoncé raises money for Black-owned businesses
– Tom Morello, Bloody Beetroots and more release protest anthem
– Freddie Gibbs depicts running from police in single “Scottie Beams”
– Thou raises money for Black Lives Matter
– Margo Price critiques CMA’s due to lack of diversity

2020 Election
– Tom Petty’s estate criticize’s Trump’s “Campaign Of Hate”
– Neil Young criticize’s Donald Trump’s Mt. Rushmore Rally
– Linkin Park sends cease and desist to Donald Trump’s campaign
– Neil Young releases Donald Trump protest songs “Looking For A Leader”
– Kanye West removed from Illinois presidential ballot
– Kanye West sues Ohio Election Chief
– Kanye West files lawsuit to be placed on West Virginia presidential ballot
– Kanye West campaign finance report
– Wisconsin rules to keep Kanye West off ballot
– John Fogerty makes statement critiquing Donald Trump
– Ruth Bader Ginsberg passes away
– Weird Al parodies Trump and Biden’s presidential debate
– John Fogerty issues cease and desist against Donald Trump
– Fiona Apple supports Joe Biden

Storming of U.S. Capitol
– System of a Down drummer speaks out against storming of the Capitol
– Ariel Pink dropped from label following attendance at D.C. Trump rally

Share with your friends!

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *