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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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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 →

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Queen of Jeans x Work Drugs release groovy remix of “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)”

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson | courtesy of the artist

Queen of Jeans have teamed up with Benjamin Louisiana of electro-pop outfit Work Drugs for a remix of the former’s debut single “Dance (Get Off Your Ass).” The original track was a bombshell of an introduction to the local then-trio, which features a former member of Work Drugs, landing them on a list of our best local discoveries of 2015.

The reworked version below takes the retro poppiness of the original and puts it through some groovy filters. Thanks to some accenting piano work and subtle percussion additions, the vibe changes from surf pop to yacht pop, and you’ll definitely still want to dance.  Check it out below and see Queen of Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night.

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Work Drugs’ Holiday Spectacle brings Johnny Brenda’s a little closer

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

Kississippi, Kate Faust and Work Drugs brought a crowded Johnny Brenda’s a little closer to the holidays last Saturday night, for the latter’s Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacle. The three homegrown bands offered pop music ranging from buoyant Beach Boys-y vocals to electronic beats to somber bare-bones electro-folk. Continue reading →