Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →


The Snails’ new “Basement” is the perfect track to get you out of bed on a Monday morning

The Snails | photo by Caity MacLeod | via
The Snails | photo by Caity MacLeod | via

The Philly rockers of The Snails just dropped “Basements,” the first official single from their forthcoming album.

We first heard “Basements” during their Key Studio Session, and it features everything we love about this reggae/rock outfit: funky basslines, a perfect coalescence of two seemingly polar opposite genres, and of course the growling vocals of lead singer Todd Fausnacht. This retro rock-hybrid anthem is the perfect track to get you out of bed on a Monday Morning. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: The Snails

It’s like that Bob Marley song goes: roots, rock, reggae.

Central Pennsylvania rooted Philly rockers The Snails got their start playing reggae as high schoolers, but quickly expanded their sonic palette. A big influence, undeniably, was punk rock and The Clash, who dipped their feet in all manner of sonic waters in a decade-long career. But also The Specials, Bob Dylan…even the gruff soul of Dr. Dog, who you can hear undeniable traces of on “Sedated,” which opens The Snails’ Key Studio Session.

At the front of the band is songwriter-guitarist Todd Fausnacht, whose timeless vocals bounce and cavort across tracks that move energetically from one to the next. The swaying breeze of “Liberty Street Lights” glides directly into the swaggering garage rock dance of “Press Play,” into the confrontational anthem of “Basement,” an ode to authenticity and artistic integrity.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Underwater Sounds at Underground Arts, Sheer Mag at Ortlieb’s, Wiki of Ratking at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

underwater sound
Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

Down Under: The Underwater Sounds take on Underground Arts for the last time tonight. The Philly reggae group has been together playing shows in the area for around six years now, so do not miss this last chance to see them. Everyone who attends the show will receive a copy of Visions Of Love And Light Part II. Also performing will be The Snails and The Rosemary Fiki Band. For more info, check out the link here. Continue reading →


Get jolly, merry, etc. with the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Sufjan Stevens, holiday style | Photo by Denny Renshaw
Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Denny Renshaw

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time to celebrate the season with the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm ET (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s decked to the halls with holiday favorites new and old. In fact, a lot of what we’ll be hearing tonight is brand NEW, so be on the lookout for these musical jollies:

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The Snails are going to cover The Jam’s In the City in its entirety

The Snails Credit: The Snails Facebook page
The Snails | photo via

On June 17, Philly reggae / rock outfit The Snails will temporarily be known as The Jam. They’re covering the legendary English rock band’s debut album In the City.

The band thinks it is a record designed to reach punk fans who need a lesson on the genre’s roots. Lead vocalist and guitarist Todd Fausnacht calls it “underrated.”

“Anyone who listens to punk rock needs to understand how the music got where it is,” he says. “Someone didn’t just say, ‘Oh, let’s play punk’… We dig deep when it comes to the music we listen to. Although some folks would salute the Sex Pistols as the best punk band from the 70’s, I guarantee they will rethink their decision after hearing In the City.” Continue reading →


Alex G, Pine Barons, Abi Reimold, The Snails and more on Walla Fest 2014

The Snails | via


Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. This year’s Walla Fest lineup has been released, and it features some of the best local musicians the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan area has to offer including reggae group The Snails (who are back for their second year in a row), bedroom pop musician Alex G, folkish alt-rockers Pine Barons, cathartic singer-songwriter Abi Reimold mellow rock band Free Cake for Every Creature.  The festival will be held inside of Norristown’s Centre Theater. If you’re looking for more information about the fest, including the full lineup and ticket information, you can head right here to the festival’s website. Also, you can check out some tunes by Alex G below.


The Snails’ missing van returns

Courtesy of Tim Hildebrand
Courtesy of Tim Hildebrand

This past Monday, reggae/rock band The Snails passed their usually parking spot to find their van completely missing.

After an outpouring of support and attention from the media, fans and community, the band and the van are now reunited. Guitarist Tim Hildebrand said that two women recognized the van in their neighborhood from local reports and checked with surrounding neighbors to see if it had belonged to anyone around the block. Connecting the dots, the two called the police.

However, it wasn’t returned without damage. All the equipment is gone and a window has to be replaced before the band embarks on their East Coast tour on May 19.


The Snails got their van stolen; help them find their equipment

The Snails (and friends) pictured with their van | Courtesy of


With 10 days left until an East Coast tour, local reggae/rock band The Snails are without a van or equipment.

Around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, guitarist Tim Hildebrand was biking home on his way home from work when he noticed the 2003 white Ford E350 that was parked at 31st and West Girard streets was now a vacant spot surrounded by shattered glass.

Hildebrand said he thought nothing of it initially until he went home and walked around he block searching for the van with no luck. He then called the police and filed a report but has not yet received any leads.

The van has two large dents in the back near the right tire and “The Snails,” “Aggrolites,” and “WMNF” stickers plastered on its bumper. The license plate number is JBF0450 and carried the following items:

-Fender twin reverb 65 reissue with a broken handle in a road case
-Fender Blues Jr. III with a broken handle in a road case
-Gold Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 in a hardshell case with “Snails” on it
-CB three-piece Drum kit that was custom stripped down to a deep red sanded down finish with Snails logo on the kick drum in soft shell cases
-Ludwig Epic Series snare
-Set of cymbals (Meinl M Series 22″ ride, Meinl M Series 18″ crash, Paiste Giant Beat 15″ hi-hats) all in cases hardware bag (two cymbal stands, hi-hat stand, snare stand, drum throne, kick pedal) and a Meinl drum rug
-Hartke XL series 4×10 bass cab
-Ampeg b5r bass head

Hildebrand said so much work has gone into planning the tour said there’s no chance the band will cancel due to the incident.

“If we have to take two little sedans [to tour] and borrow [equipment], then that’s what we’re going to do,” Hildebrand said.

Any one with leads are asked to call the Philadelphia Police’s 22nd District at 215-686-3220.