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Complex roots: Rooney Pitchford’s debut “Familiar Places”

Rooney Pitchford ‘15, the mustachio’d, Kickstarter-funded, guitar-strumming baritone, has just released his debut LP “Familiar Places.” It opens with a one-two punch: the twangy, world-weary title track — a song about the pain and fatigue of accumulated experience —and the impassioned country jam “Becky,” which narrows in on the more specific past. But this one-two…

LÉON finding her way in new EP

We first hear LÉON’s voice 14 seconds into her “Treasure” EP, and it’s glorious. “’I don’t know’ is all you have to say,” she gripes though a thick production, substantiating all the genres by which she defines herself: “indiepop/soul/whatever.” The “Treasure” EP represents an exciting, if challenged, debut from the mysterious new Swedish artist and…

Surf’s up, summer’s here

When Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment unexpectedly dropped their long-anticipated mixtape, “Surf,” on Thursday night, the seasons changed in a wave of summer jams and good vibrations. Weary spirits across the country were lifted by the gift of new music, and suddenly summer didn’t seem so far away. After the unannounced release hit iTunes…