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beachSummer is slipping away before our very eyes. Time to reach for the beach one more time with tunes that celebrate the sand, sunscreen, and a summer love that probably won’t last much past Labour Day.

Hailing from landlocked Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Airplanes nevertheless have the summer beach vibe going on their “A Summer Daydream, Part I,” a fun mediation on summer obsession with lots of cool, odd sounding instrumental highlights.

On “A Summer Thing,” Cayucas channel an indie Beach Boys sound with a spot on early-1960s piano hook and delightfully spacey vocals that weave in and out of a musical accompaniment that varies its attack to good effect.

Ever since Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime” it’s a no brainer to associate summer songs with small-stringed instruments and a bit of swing but The Mowgli’s take the inspiration to new levels on their catchy single, “Summertime.”  Summertime

Finally, no one captures the melancholy of summer love quite like Family of the Year on their piano-based, harmony-drenched “Summer Girl.”

When not at the beach, The Airplanes, Cayucas, The Mowgli’s and Family of the Year are drumming up business on this internet thing.  Visit them online, see their shows, buy their music.