2020 — A Year Without Live Music

Phoebe Bridgers Live at Red Rocks in 2020 with no fans
  • Italians playing music on their balconies on Twitter
  • Phoebe Bridgers at Red Rocks without any people on YouTube
  • Phoebe Bridgers various late night performances in support of Punisher
  • The Hold Steady doing their Massive Nights shows from Brooklyn Bowl on YouTube
  • Luck Reunion replacement live stream during what would have been SXSW
  • Jeff Tweedy and his family live on Instagram a couple times a week
  • Ben Gibbard playing Death Cab For Cutie songs on YouTube, among others, from his house for the first month or so of sheltering in place
  • Taylor Swift Long Pond Sessions for folklore on Disney+
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia on HBO Max
  • Field Report playing Marigolden live on YouTube
  • Kathleen Edwards’ record release show for Total Freedom from her coffee shop in Canada on YouTube
  • Tom Petty tribute live on Twitch
Phoebe Bridgers performance for Late Night with Seth Meyers
  1. Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers (One of the few artists thriving in the virtual performance era. “I Know The End” is my favorite)
  2. RTJ4 by Run the Jewels (This had the angst and edge I needed in the middle of the summer. Nothing hits this year quite like the opening of “yankee and the brave”)
  3. grae by Moses Sumney (He’s been building momentum for a whole now. This album accelerates that. “Cut Me” and “Me In 20 Years” are favorites)
  4. Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee (One of the few albums to come out early in the year and stick around. “Fire” and “Arkadelphia” are favorites)
  5. Circles by Mac Miller (Hit in January when there was excitement and optimism for the year. Doesn’t hit so well now, but still a great album. “Good News” is a fave)
  6. Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple (With some albums, timing is everything. This album would be timeless but also came out at the perfect time. The female empowerment described in both“Shameika” and “Under the Table” make them standouts)
  7. BRAT by NNAMDÏ (One of the most unique sounding albums of the year for me. “It’s OK” and “Salut” are favorites)
  8. Live Forever by Bartees Strange (In an interview, Bartees said that indie rock needed musicians of color to make it more interesting — he was right. “Mustang” and “Boomer” are standouts)
  9. folklore by Taylor Swift (Enough has been written about the two albums Taylor Swift put out this year. This is my favorite of the two)
  10. Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan (This gets in on the strength of “Murder Most Foul” alone)

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