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New Music Video: “Tigerbeats” - Work Drugs

Below is a new music video that brings a smile to our faces from Work Drugs for their latest single “Tigerbeats.” The song was written after they performed at The Barbary this summer at the weekly indie dance party, which goes by the same name. Apparently, there was a couple that night making sweet, sweet love (not really - sounds more like bangin') in the middle of the venue while people photographed it - way to keep it classy Philly! “With our fuzzy memory intact, and plenty of photographic evidence to fill in the gaps, we pieced together the night and all of its debauchery into what has become, 'Tigerbeats.' So here it is, a tribute to that night, as well as the timeless teen idols that epitomize that party; shall they all remain forever young.” You can also download the track for free HERE.


Work Drugs Announce New Album on Limited Edition Vinyl & CD Coming in November

Looks like a new album from Work Drugs will be coming in November entitled Delta. There will also be limited edition vinyl and CDs available. You can take a look at its cover art above, and more deets about pre-orders will be coming in a few weeks.

Work Drugs Remix Chosen in Bon Iver Stems Project Contest

Congrats to Work Drugs for being chosen as one of the winners of the Bon Iver Stems Project contest with their remix of “Beth/Rest”! Each of the winners were given a cash prize of $1,000, and their entries were included in an official Spotify remix compilation, which you can take a listen to below.


Weekend Warrior, August 31 - September 3

Yeah, you probably know that Jay-Z and Budweiser’s “Made in America” is taking over Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend. While the lineup full of mainstream, big name acts might cause some music media outlets to get a little wood, the fact that it is the first time that something like this on the Parkway isn’t free to the public leaves me rather limp. I’m guessing that this type of corporate bullshit probably leaves a bad taste in most of our readers’ mouths like the swill that they’ll be hustling within the fenced-in area. (They really could have made this a free show with all the money that they’ll be making from food, drinks, etc.) Like a lot of the smart peeps that I’ve talked to, I’ll be staying far away from this clusterfuck because honestly, it’s Philly, folks, and I can’t imagine that there won’t be any incidents of flash mobs bumrushing the gates or other stupid shit happening at some point this weekend, though I hope not for the general safety of everyone. Just save your money to support some lesser-known local acts this weekend. If you really want to catch some of the performances, then you can always check out “Lame in America” on YouTube HERE or Pandora HERE, if you feel like doing so. OK - just needed to get that off my chest.

Now, to our Weekend Warrior pick, Johnny Brenda’s has a nice local lineup of up-and-coming acts tonight that you should come out to support. Heavily buzzed-about Work Drugs will be bringing the smooth 80’s dance vibe that will provide some good times. They’ll also be supported by the pumped up electro-pop of City Rain and the anthemic pop-rock of Cold Fronts. Combined with plenty of beers, shots and whatever else you choose to consume for the evening, your summer will certainly be on its way to ending on a high note. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Brandi Lukas) - Q.D. Tran

Other things to help you close out summer this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) MON Mark Feehan
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT JRG, The Neighborhood Choir, MON Slutever, Ghost Light
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Crills Wilson, Thee, Idea Men
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Willy Green & the Wishful Thinkers, KC Jones, SAT 9 Crown Monarch, Rollin' Loaded
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) MON Nona
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI John Salamone Band, The David Grauel Fusion Project
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Toy Soldiers, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Jackson Rider and Friends
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SUN J Rag, Nino Breeze
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SUN Deceiverion, Ashencult
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Big Empty, Suns of Krypton, SAT LightPoint, Looseleaf Trio, SUN Satellite Hearts, Golden Spiral, City Rain
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT Damn Right!
Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Steve Onpoint, SUN New Bold Breed
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Squalor Folk, Buddy Leezle, Johnny Popcorn, Aaron Livingston, Bloody Guts, SAT Vintage Kicks, Levee Drivers
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) FRI Leather
Goldilocks Gallery (723 Chestnut St.) FRI Kite Party, Luther, Captain, We’re Sinking
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SAT Jakie Paper, The Interest Group
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Song Dogs and the Night Jar, The Late Ancients
Double Deuce (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more deets.) SAT Cavities
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more deets.) SUN Bad Doctors, Le Yikes Sports Club

Free Download: “Beth/Rest” (Work Drugs Remix) - Bon Iver

Below is a new remix from Work Drugs of “Beth/Rest” as part of the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project, a contest that will award 10 participants $1,000 and will feature them on Bon Iver’s remix-only album exclusively on Spotify. You can vote for the smooth-fi crew HERE if you dig what you hear.


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