3rd Cali Roots 2018 lineup announced | Top Shelf Reggae

The holidays have come early, folks – the Cali Roots crew has released another artist announcement! Festival-lovers get to swallow another big bite of the 9th Annual California Roots rundown, just in time to add passes to their Christmas wish lists. If you have yet to consider Cali Roots as your Memorial Day destination this […]

2018 GRAMMYS Best Reggae Album Nominees are in | Top Shelf Reggae

The GRAMMYS brings together performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in musical recordings and performances from the previous year. The GRAMMYS are generally recognized as the highest honor given to musicians. This year is no exception. Not only are more reggae artists of different sub-genres being recognized, […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018 revealed | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s the most exciting Southern California event, and it’s officially taken shape – One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018 is here, ladies and gentlemen! Back in its third year, One Love returns to the LBC bigger and badder than ever this upcoming February 10th and 11th, 2018. With breathtaking views of the Queen Mary ocean […]

Gisto to drop “OMW” LP | Top Shelf Reggae

Trap/hip hop artist Gisto is on his way to releasing his sophomore album OMW, exactly one year after his Orbitz EP blasted his career higher than his clientele. Stemming from critical acclaim even before his 2012 debut album dropped, Gisto’s hustling nature and dope beats have scored him stage time with some of the most […]

House of Reggae Pt. 192 – Alton Ellis Special

Get ready like Uncle Freddy for this special extended tribute to one of my favourite Jamaican artists who back in the rocksteady era was the only singer to make hit records at both Treasure Isle and Studio 1 and whose soulful tenor voice soothed a nation with songs of love and heartache alongside calls for […]

A chat with Katchafire about their new single “Addicted” | Top Shelf Reggae

New Zealand eight-piece band and veterans in the reggae scene, Katchafire, just released an absolute beauty of a single from the long-awaited forthcoming album. Their first recording of 2017, titled “Addicted”, has finally been released. “It’s sounding great to our ears and we can't wait to share the music with everybody.” This track beautifully captures […]

Tatanka drops “Love Is Medicine” single | Top Shelf Reggae

Colorado-based band Tatanka is at it again, with all the bells and whistles coming out of the woodwork with their new single, “Love Is Medicine”. And, what would woodwork be without trees? Tatanka strikes a 420-friendly stance, layering even their most pop-influenced tracks with trippy, stoner dub and psychedelic sound effects. Back to that in […]

Desert Oasis 2017: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Coachella's newest fest, Desert Oasis, brought the best in reggae, ska, rock 'n roll, rap and more back to the Empire Polo Club fairgrounds (after nearly a decade of country and EDM-pop stars). It was a nice change of pace, and Day One proved that BIG TIME. Back for more, festivalgoers lined the gate early […]

Reggae Rise Up reveals first-round 2018 artists | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its 4th year, St. Petersburg’s Reggae Rise Up has taken shape for 2018! For the first time ever, this riveting reggae extravaganza has switched to a three-day format, meaning that 2018 concertgoers are about to experience the most elaborate Reggae Rise Up yet!  …2018 concertgoers are about to experience the most elaborate Reggae […]

Desert Oasis: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Desert Oasis, the newest fest to join the Coachella festival family, began its inaugural journey on a bright and hot early October afternoon. Despite extreme Indio temperatures, festivalgoers filled the Empire Polo Club grounds fast as the best acts in reggae, ska, Latin and hip hop took to the three erected stages. Courtney Chambers kicked […]

KAABOO 2017: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

After two full days of music, one would expect a festival to conclude with a mellow Sunday. Day three usually is painful for most festivalgoers for obvious reasons. Well, the 3rd Annual KAABOO Del Mar wasn't ready to stop the party. Day Three started with a skanking party for ska-reggae-alternative band Fishbone, followed by the […]

Stick Figure drops new single “Above the Storm” | Top Shelf Reggae

Music fanatics worldwide were captivated when on November 13, 2015, renowned California reggae band Stick Figure released their new album Set In Stone to critical acclaimed reviews. Featured on Top Shelf Reggae among many other notable platforms and received to rave recognition and extolled acknowledgements, Set In Stone, is the perfect addition to any serious […]

1st Annual Desert Oasis Recap | Top Shelf Reggae

The sun was shining bright and the temperature was hot for the 1st Annual Desert Oasis Music Festival in Indio, California on October 7 and 8. The lineup revolved around reggae and rock, with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley headlining on Saturday and Rebelution headlining Sunday. The festival started each day at 2PM. The first band […]

New “Reggae Night” music video from Morgan Heritage | Top Shelf Reggae

Morgan Heritage releases a new music video today, called “Reggae Night.” The song is from Morgan Heritage’s latest hit album Avrakedabra. “Reggae Night” features DreZion and is a magnificent cover of Jimmy Cliff’s song. The vocals were recorded in a hotel in Zimbabwe. Morgan Heritage is made up of Peetah Morgan; Una Morgan on keyboards and vocals; Roy […]

California Roots 2018 takes shape | Top Shelf Reggae

For the past eight years since the inaugural California Roots Music and Arts Festival, there is always an early October date that rings significant to reggae-rock-rap lovers alike. It's been a long summer since the previous Cali Roots went down over Memorial Day Weekend, and with the transition to fall comes the transition to the […]

The Green “Marching Orders” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The Green’s new album, Marching Orders, has all the relaxed guitar riffs, lush vocals, and nostalgic lyrics you could hope for in an early fall release. With the members of The Green’s varying instrumentations and awe-inspiring harmonies, Marching Orders isn't the kind of fall album you'll have playing in the background, but the kind you’ll […]

KAABOO 2017: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Two KAABOO Del Mar turned out to be pure MAGIC. From start to finish, the day was filled with performances that truly brought the thunder. While One Drop was kicking off the Grandview DARENOTS were on each other's shoulders, The Tubes lead singer struggled out of a straight jacket, Garbage's Shirley Manson took the band […]

House of Reggae Pt. 191

Step this way for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I’m doing a triple tribute to three reggae legends who have passed away in recent weeks, the keyboard king Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, the ska vocalist Winston Samuels and the reggae pioneer Larry Marshall… Larry Marshall – Nanny Goat Larry Marshall – Mean Girl […]

KAABOO 2017: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

KAABOO Del Mar 2017 hit the ground running, with the full MIX-perience firing at all cylinders the minute the gates opened to the public on Day One. Looking around the grounds was almost overwhelming, with so much to take in: artists erecting enormous masterpieces, entertainers absolutely slaying each of the six stages, and hired acrobats […]

Dry Diggings 2017 | Top Shelf Reggae

We arrived to the first day of Dry Diggings later than originally planned, but we could still feel the excitement in the air as the sun began to set and Barrington Levy took the stage. The Expendables followed Barrington’s high-energy performance. They rocked the stage as always with shredding guitar solos. The beat-boxing rapper, Matisyahu […]

The 3rd Annual KAABOO MIX-perience | Top Shelf Reggae

What to say about the third annual KAABOO Del Mar Festival… what not to say, rather? Being stationed on the coastline of sunny San Diego in mid-September is not a bad place to be in the first place, let alone reveling in celebrities and surprises, with everyone around you having the time of their lives. […]