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Fruition On Mountain Stage

Mar 26, 2020

Formed in Portland, Ore., in 2008, the eclectic Americana unit Fruition made its Mountain Stage debut back in February at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Host Larry Groce noted that while the band is typically categorized as "roots rock or Americana, you hear a lot of different flavors in their music. Great harmonies, too."

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

In the interest of providing a much-needed musical balm, we redirect the upcoming weekly playlists toward indie musicians who are both reeling economically while dealing with the emotional impact of our current situation.

Sometimes we need to ponder deep thoughts, but other times we need to work out our anxieties through physical exercise on the dance floor — or our living rooms and kitchens, as it may be. We're here for you either way.

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Our Daily Breather: Thundercat On Anime

Mar 25, 2020

Twenty seconds of hand washing. 60 to 90 percent alcohol. Six feet of distance. People worldwide have absorbed these guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic has closed its fist around the world. But humans also need to keep the spirit moving, as did Charles Dickens — who lived through a few epidemics — by taking a daily "breather" in the fresh air. Here we offer recommendations for psychic health from people who go deep into their own hearts and minds: artists and writers. Creative people have been uniquely affected by the onset of the current pandemic.

City Scenes: 10 Colorado Bands On the Cusp

Mar 25, 2020

To call Denver an exciting place to be is an understatement, partly due to all the amazing local music to be found here. Indie 102.3 celebrates local music every hour with the Local 303, so it's always exciting to see homegrown bands break out of our fair city. Here are 10 local bands to watch.


For almost two weeks now, NPR Music has been meeting via video conference, just like millions of Americans and folks all over the world. Our office attire is pretty laid back, but working from home, we're all about sweats and T-shirts.

This situation got me thinking about the Tiny Desk's dress code. If you are a fan of the series, you know that most musicians dress comfortably. Occasionally, you'll see a funky coat or a dapper suit, but most wear regular street clothes.

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