As summer comes within a couple weeks of calling it quits for the year, this will probably be one of the staff’s last weeks of bubbly, feel-good tunes before descending into dreary, dismal Fallcore dirges… just kidding. You’ll have to wait for winter for that.

My Little Airport

Winding down from an of Montreal obsessed summer, I have been searching for something new to take up the now empty mantle of my musical desire. Unfortunately, the search thus far has been fruitless, however my back catalogue of old favorites has been a wellspring of nostalgia and comfort in this all too long transitional period. Amongst such a large collection, Hong Kong-based My Little Airport has been standing out as of late, particularly their album The OK Thing to do on Sunday Afternoon is Toddle in the Zoo. Head Songwriter Ah P’s blunt lyrical dissection of his everyday relationships take on an unabashed innocence when sung through the voice of Nicole Au Kin-ying. Supporting the vocals is lushly produced indie synthpop chock full of catchy melodies and electronic percussion; when everything is layered together these songs become sweet, heartbreaking, and most of all endearing. – Elias J. Tracy


After seeing Interpol at this year’s Lollapalooza, they have been getting lots of airtime in my car. I have always loved their linear arrangements and hooks, but the bass playing is my latest obsession. – Ricky Sniegowski

Adult Jazz

Somber, delightful, elegant, and tastefully simple. The UK’s Adult Jazz creates honesty with lyrics that sing themselves and instruments that can only be heard in spiritually heavy eastern cultures. There is not one song on this consistently interesting album which I find slightly argumentative to my tastes. Never overdone, Gist Is will surely remain a top listen for me as the summer nears its end. – Westley Banks

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale’s Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down may best be known for Laura Marling’s vocal hook on “5 Years Time,” but the English band’s debut album has outstanding depth. From catchy instrumentation to the heart-breaking lyrical narrative that expands the entire record, Noah and the Whale intricately weaves joy and misery to make something truly beautiful. – Sean Neumann

Leland Aleem Fakir

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Leland Aleem Fakir – a very underground hip hop artist from California. On his release Struggling Artist, he displays varieties of smooth, conscious wordplay over a choice of soft, jazz style instrumentals. – Amrit Singh

The Leadership

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I was introduced to this defunct Urbana band at the end of last summer. It’s only fitting that I should be listening to them at the end of this summer. The tragic lyrics, Americana sound, and metal-esque guitar solos just get me on those nighttime drives. – Danny Stankus

Toto (and other old school 80s jams)

I’ve been listening to some old school 80s jams this past week. Mixing the melodies of ABBA and the soft rock sounds of Journey, Toto, and the Grand Funk Railroad, I’ve enjoyed the simple sounds and complex rifts from these amazing musicians. The most played tracks for me have been “Hold the Line” and “Africa” by Toto. One must always appreciate the classics of soft rock. – Elle Youpel

Parquet Courts

Catching Parquet Courts at Lollapalooza equated to a wave of refreshing sounds amidst the pop and electronic heavy festival this year. Not having listened to much of the band before, I only knew to expect some sort of indie or punk sound (as general as that is). What I heard was what I considered Lollapalooza’s saving grace – rock music that wasn’t an acoustic ballad with extra cheese and an artist attitude largely unforgiving of the common Lolla goer’s tropes. With members cracking jokes about people watching with their phones rather than their eyes and mocking those leaving and entering the crowdspace at the expense of uncatiously elbowing those around them, it only made it more obvious that Parquet Courts were a bit out of place in the best way possible. “Instant Disassembly” was one of their first breaks from their quick-fire punk songs, yet it was still engaging enough to shrug off the hot sun beaming down upon the crowd. – Austin Gomez

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