One of way of beating the summer heat: listening to Swedish folk-rock band First Aid Kit. Somehow music of Scandinavian origin, indebted though it may be to rootsy American folk, makes the humid New England heat a little less oppressive. I can't prove that scientifically, but I'm certain it's true.
Currently playing, their latest album The Lion's Roar, which includes "Emmylou," their lovely tribute to Emmylou and Gram, and Johnny and June. Many thanks to music-loving reader TS, who brought that song to my attention. I had heard the band live at the Newport Folk Festival a couple years ago, but had forgotten them until the reminder.
Need an introduction? Try their cover of "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song."