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Work Drugs pay tribute to Sade on “Fantasy File”

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Beloved quiet storm R&B singer and songwriter Helen Folasade Adu (that’s Sade to you) turned 60 years old last Wednesday, January 16th, and to pay tribute to her, Philly smooth operators Work Drugs wrote, recorded, and released a new song in her honor. A suave sax lead by Max Gast opens “Fantasy File” up in a very Sade style, with sultry slow electronic beats kicking things up as Thomas Crystal’s vocals make a decoration of devotion: “You’ve been ruling my world since I found you. Now I don’t feel any pain.” The lyrics are kept purposely vague: are Work Drugs singing to a lover here? Are they singing about the very drugs alluded to in their band name? You could read it that way, or you could just see it as a loving tribute to one of the most indelible voices in pop. Listen below. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs switches lanes on the open-road drive “The Edge of Forever”

 

Work Drugs | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local pop rock crew Work Drugs have released a new single, the second to appear on upcoming LP Holding On To Forever. Following up the fervent lead single “Miami Nights,” “The Edge of Forever” sonically switches lanes, downshifting into an unhurried pace, perfectly set for a late-night, open road drive. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Leif Vollebekk at World Cafe Live, and many, many more

Shamir | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Recent Philly-via-Vegas transplant Shamir closes out a busy year of touring with a hometown show at the Church tonight, following the release of their new album Revelations last month. Shamir’s vibrant and introspective pop songs touch on everything from queer identity to being a millennial, all with a blunt and witty honesty. Read The Key’s interview with Shamir here, watch the video for “90’s Kids” below and find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Check out the sleek, suave new single from Work Drugs, “Magic in the Night”

Work Drugs — covered in trademark haze

Philly’s Work Drugs are gearing up to drop a new record on August 11th, and with Tuesday’s release of single “Magic in the Night” you can now listen to seven of the eleven tracks in advance of Flaunt The Imperfection‘s proper release.

Work Drugs made this record last fall in Puerto Rico, as the story goes, and the timing definitely shows up in the themes (if you recall, last fall there was a small thing about the election of the current president), but this new single seems to learn more towards the apolitical spectrum of Flaunt the Imperfection tracks. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs revisit 2016 in new single “For The Year”

Work Drugs — covered in trademark haze

Had enough of 2016? Work Drugs sure did. The Philadelphia-based indie soft pop (self-stylized “sedative wave/smooth-fi”) duo has released a new single “For The Year” ahead of their upcoming record Flaunt the Imperfection, set for release on August 11th and currently available for preorder.

“For The Year” is a slower, more somber track that is accompanied by a video featuring a compilation of the worst and most memorable moments that made it into the media in 2016, a year that seemed relentless in tragedy and scandal. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Hurry at Union Transfer, Annie Haslam at Sellersville Theater and more…

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs present their 6th annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle tonight. The tropi-pop outfit released Method Acting this past summer, a signature collection of songs that pair well with pool gazing and slow dancing. At the Holiday Spectacle, though, you can expect a festive mix of originals and Christmas covers like the one below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show with RFA here.

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Work Drugs get in the spirit for their annual holiday Spectacle with “All Alone on Christmas”

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Eventually, they’re just going to release a Christmas album, and it’ll be a lot of fun. Next month, Philly soft rock / indie pop outfit Work Drugs settle in at Boot and Saddle for their sixth annual Christmas Spectacle, and most of the shows have had songs released in conjunction with them. Their latest stresses the importance of companionship at the holidays, with the hook “Nobody oughta be all alone on Christmas” as the focal point amid swift beats and suave sax by Maxfield Gast. The band refers to the single as “much needed good vibes,” and I’ll agree with them there. Grab a download of “All Alone On Christmas” below. Continue reading →

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RFA will open the 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot and Saddle

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs have been celebrating the holidays for six years running with their Holiday Spectacle at various venues around town, and their choice of support bands is always an impeccable selection of Philly’s finest. This year, the Spectacle happens at Boot and Saddle on December 17th, and finds Work Drugs teaming up with RFA, a rock and roll four-piece that is probably the closest thing the scene has to The Strokes right now. Tickets to the 21+ show are on sale naw, more more information click here. While you’re at it, check out the videos for “West Coast Slide” by Work Drugs and “Freaking Out” by RFA below. Continue reading →

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Happy record release day, Work Drugs! Listen to “Talking in Defense” from the new Method Acting

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Just in case you’re getting a head start on crafting a Labor Day Weekend playlist, Work Drugs have released another track off of their forthcoming Method Acting LP. “Talking in Defense” follows a handful of other singles from the record that have been popping up this month, showcasing a less overtly beachy vibe while still casting the feel-good songs in the classic Work Drugs filter.

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Smooth as silk: Listen to “Roll,” the new single from Work Drugs

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Philly smooth-fi yachtrockers and summer popsters Work Drugs have released another single from their forthcoming LP. It’s the fourth song to come from the band this year, keeping them busy since the release of Louisa last August. But unlike the previous single “Summer ’92 (Forever Forever),” this latest track deviates from the summery vibe that Work Drugs so often emits. Continue reading →