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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Union Transfer, Yah Mos Def at Boot & Saddle, Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green plays a solo hometown show tonight at Union Transfer.  Green released his third solo record Young Legs last month, which was recorded with Will Yip at his Conshohocken studio.  The Key profiled Young Legs in an Unlocked segment during the release week, talking with Green about his creative process, how Sinatra influenced the record and how he’s matured over his decade-plus career.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Young Legs” below.

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Merry Christmas from Work Drugs: download “Never Gonna Be Alone On Christmas” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 6.36.53 AM Merry Christmas from Work DrugsWork Drugs. To celebrate the holiday season, the band has released their first ever Christmas song, “Never Gonna Be Alone On Christmas.” Tom and Ben from the band weigh in:

To celebrate our upcoming Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s and the Michael McDonald holiday show at the Keswick, we decided to write our own little sedative pop single to generate some holiday spirit. We hope you enjoy it… and just remember… you’ll never be alone on Christmas as long as you have your drug of choice. Stay warm and stay smooth.

Below, download the song and watch the video. Mark you calendars for Saturday, December 14th, as WXPN Welcomes A Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s featuring The City And Horses, Teen Men, and DJ Young Mariah Carey.

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Check out Teen Men’s trippy debut video for “Hiding Records” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

TeenMen2Members of the Spinto Band are taking a new spin on their psychedelic pop sound in a new project called Teen Men. Consisting of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, the Teen Men duo collaborated with visual artists Catharine Maloney (photographer) and Albert Birney (filmmaker) to create a trippy video for their debut single “Hiding Records” which is a teaser to their forthcoming EP. Although the video is supposed to resemble a midnight dance party at Peewee’s Playhouse, the flashing images give off more of an Across The Universe vibe with a happier demeanor. Check out the video below to see how you feel after. Mark your calendars for Dec. 14th to see Teen Men perform at Johnny Brenda’s with Work Drugs. All show details can be found here.

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Download a new Work Drugs song, “Chemical Burns” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

work drugsWith their Christmas Spectacle on the concert calendar and a new record called Insurgents planned for release in early 2014, you had to know Work Drugs would begin teasing new songs eventually. Their latest, “Chemical Burns,” follows in the four-on-the-floor, big-beat direction of “Young Lungs” and “West Coast Slide,” the singles from their previous LP Mavericks. It’s uptempo and body moving, but unlike those futuristic jammers, this song blends a bit of the old with the new, commingling the glossy new wave fixations of Work Drugs past with the nightclub-ready vibe of their current sound. In the end, it doesn’t fall tremendously far from the Work Drugs tree, but that’s fine, since it’s a totally fun slice of digital pop. Download it and check out the video below, and get more information on the Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s on December 14th with Teen Men and The City And Horses at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Hall & Oates nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Work Drugs pick their 5 favorite H&O songs

hall_and_oates Knowing those smooth-fi musical operators Work Drugs as well as we do, we reached out to them and asked them to pick five of their favorite Hall & Oates songs in honor of Hall & Oates being nominated to be inducted into this year’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Below, Tom Crystal and Ben Louisiana of Work Drugs weigh in on the legendary Hall & Oates. Don’t miss the A Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle on Saturday, December 14th at Johnny Brenda’s. Maybe we can convince them to do a cover of Hall & Oates’s cover of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Continue reading →

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XPN Welcomes A Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s on December 14th

workdrugsdrum Work Drugs are celebrating the holidays at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, December 14th with the Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle. Also on the bill are The City And Horses and Teen Men (inlcuding Nick Krill of the Spinto Band). Work Drugs recently hinted at a new full length release by the end of the year and just released a new song, “Bellport Bay,” that you can download below. Tickets to the Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle are on sale now here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marc Neibauer at Johnny Brenda’s, K.T. Tunstall at Union Transfer, Work Drugs at First Unitarian Church and more

Marc NeibauerPhiladelphia-based singer/songwriter Marc Neibauer (formerly known as Eat Your Birthday Cake) takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Following up on his LP Don’t Fall Apart, released last month on Bandcamp, Neibauer proudly posted a new demo called “How Long” on his Soundcloud earlier this week. It paints extensive aural landscapes with his intense, intimate voice over top of swirling guitar melodies. Take a listen to the haunting demo below. Find tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Another great week, another new Work Drugs song, “Bellport Bay” (playing the First Unitarian Church tomorrow night)

work drugs - costal gables The local hit making machine Work Drugs have shared another new song, “Bellport Bay,” that you can download below. It’s another smooth jam, with some tasty kalimba, a yacht rock inspired bossa nova beat and some soulful guest vocals from Philly’s Ryan Williams. How do we spell smooth? W-O-R-K-D-R-U-G-S. They play tomorrow night at the First Unitarian Church with Lockets and Bridge Underwater. Go here for tickets to the show.

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New Music: “Modern Living” by Work Drugs (playing the First Unitarian Church on 9/27)

Work Drugs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

With a headlining show at the First Unitarian Church on the horizon, we’ve got another Work Drugs song in our headphones this afternoon. It’s got the usual works: big beats, falsetto hooks, bright and poppy synthesizers, and a found-footage music video you can watch below. Work Drugs headline the Church on September 27th with Bridge Underwater and Lockets on the bill as well. It’s their first all-ages headlining show, and the dudes and lady tell us they are pretty excited about it; tickets and more information can be found here.

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Work Drugs bringing their smooth-fi sounds to First Unitarian Church 9/27

workdrugschurch Work Drugs, the Philadelphia smooth-fi synth-yacht rockers, have been keeping themselves very busy this summer.  They released their album, Mavericks, back in June and have been on tour this whole summer, playing several shows in Philly. But it looks like the group is back for more, announcing a show at the First Unitarian Chuch on Friday, September 27th, with Bridge Underwater and Lockets. In case you don’t have it in your collection, download the band’s latest single, “Digital Girl” below. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday, August 23rd. Go here for tickets and more information.

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