SUNDUB drops ‘Burden of Love’ LP | Top Shelf Reggae

Brooklyn-based band SUNDUB has officially dropped their debut album! Since formulating their smooth sound in 2013, these east coast reggae soldiers have been committed to spreading the good vibrations embedded in roots and Jamaican ska music to the masses, evident in their inaugural Burden of Love album. Available as of today on all digital outlets, Burden […]

Being at Bayfest San Diego | Top Shelf Reggae

There's nothing like a family reunion. Now imagine one without any family drama, surrounded by endless familiar faces on a beautiful day sprawled across the breathtaking lawns of San Diego's Embarcadero Marina Park North, with the monumental Coronado Speedway looming in the distance, boats passing by on the water and the palatial highrises of the […]

Last chance to attend Rancid’s Bash Festival | Top Shelf Reggae

In February of 2019, Rancid announced their plans for The Bash Fest 2019, a craft beer and punk rock festival reaching some of the biggest cities for punk rock in the United States, including Phoenix, Tuscon, Englishtown, Boise, Tacoma, San Jose and, finally, Sacramento. The Bash Fest lineup will make your rebellious teenage heart skip […]

The Cali Roots X-perience | Top Shelf Reggae

In 2014, I attended the 5th Annual California Roots Festival for the first time when I was still in high school. The only person I knew there was my best friend who I went with and my mom who drove us. After three days at the festival, we left with a ton of new friends […]

Protoje interviews at California Roots 10 | Top Shelf Reggae

The leader of the reggae revival movement himself, Protoje, sits down with Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose following his California Roots 10 performance in Monterey, California. After dropping a single and about to hit the road with Rebelution, Protoje chats what inspires his music, what he's currently binge-watching and more. For more Protoje or […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Inna Vision “Survivor” | Top Shelf Reggae

Hawaiian rap-meets-reggae artist Inna Vision is hyping up his latest single “Survivor” off his Best Yet: Celebrating A Decade Of Vision album with a raw video showcasing a day in the life. The track off Roots Musician Records features a soulfully smooth saxophone throughout, jazzy keys across the bridge, a wailing guitar outro and lyrics […]

Collie Buddz ‘Hybrid’ album review | Top Shelf Reggae

That sweet, smooth, sexy voice is back! With two years between albums and after months of teasing excited fans by dropping singles, Bermudian reggae singer Collie Buddz has finally released his tantalizing third full-length album Hybrid on May 24th. The follow-up to his 2017 Good Life, this self-produced, written and recorded 10-track album is a […]

BeachLife Fest 2019: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

BeachLife Festival Day Three in Redondo Beach, California kept the good times flowing to all, with The Hollow Legs opening up the Riptide side stage for the final day. Two days down and another weather-blessed day on the sandy shores of Redondo to go, as attendees filed in early for Venice and Chris Pierce on […]

Iration at Indianapolis’ Egyptian Room | Top Shelf Reggae

Iration brought paradise to the Indianapolis' Egyptian Room of the Old National Centre on May 16th with a jamming set list that got everyone feeling the good vibes — complete with palm trees! Live From Paradise is the tour you need to catch his summer if you want to have a night in complete musical […]

BeachLife Fest 2019: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Two BeachLife Festival was upon Redondo Beach: one exciting day in the books, capped by Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir, and another yet to come for this first year fest. Saturday on the ocean brought with it perfect weather on May 4th, 2019. Attendees lined the entrance fence as opening band Latchkey Kid serenated […]

HIRIE at Newport Dunes | Top Shelf Reggae

With the pink and orange sherbet California sun setting on the sparkling bay in Newport Beach, HIRIE took to the stage for a fun-filled family evening of reggae on the beach. Families and groups of friends took to the VIP areas, the picnic benches and sand to grab a spot to enjoy the show. Excited […]

Steel Pulse sits down with Top Shelf Music | Top Shelf Reggae

Steel Pulse members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown sit down with Top Shelf Music journalist Keela Sweeney following their Day One BeachLife Festival performance in Redondo Beach, California. With their long-awaited Mass Manipulation album out as of May 17th, Steel Pulse chats about the inspiration behind the album that took 15 years in the making […]

Back To The Beach Fest: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Fans returned to the Back To The Beach Festival on Sunday, April 28th, excited for another day of music and family fun. Kids were off making sand castles as punk rock and ska fans made their way to the stage to check out the music. Back To The Beach Fest remains the rockin' ska-centric epitome […]

Getting to know Root Shock | Top Shelf Reggae

Root Shock is making WAVES from coast to coast. The band formed in 2012 when bassist Bill Eppel and singer Jessica Brown joined forces; their energy surged right from the beginning, as they quickly started to create material. After collaborating and creating their first songs, the two founders were joined by guitarist/singer Phil Grajko. Root […]

Art Garfunkel at LA’s Saban Theatre | Top Shelf Reggae

The voice of an angel, the musings of a man well-traveled and the familiar songs of multiple generations filled the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills as Art Garfunkel entertained a full house on May 9th. Over the next 90-minute set, Garfunkel took the audience back in time on a magical, musical and lyrical storytelling journey. […]

BeachLife Fest 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Redondo Beach was taken by storm May 3rd-5th as the hottest new festival hit the beachfront sands! That's right, the inaugural BeachLife Festival was in full swing by noon Friday, with perfect weather, plenty of space to roam around, a stage on the sand, some of the biggest beach names on the ballad and a […]

Surf’s up, buns out at the first ever BeachLife Festival | Top Shelf Reggae

BeachLife Festival’s inaugural weekend spanned May 3rd-5th, 2019 and was as cool as the California breeze with an organic, laid back atmosphere, a stacked lineup and weather like you couldn't imagine. Redondo Beach’s seaside lagoon location was primo for catching rays, indulging in delicious food, making friends and, obviously, dancing like there’s no tomorrow. The […]

KROQ’s 2nd Annual Back To The Beach Festival | Top Shelf Reggae

The cool, cloudy southern California morning didn’t stop fans from packing the Huntington Beach sand for the 2nd Annual Back To The Beach Festival, presented by KROQ. With awesome food vendors, pop-up shops and play areas for kids and adults, everyone was having a blast! There were sand games, oversized beach chairs and a mechanical […]

LIVE STREAM: BeachLife Festival 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

Enjoy BeachLife Festival 2019 in the comfort of your home! Tune in May 3rd through 5th to catch sets by Bob Weir & The Wolf Brothers, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Slightly Stoopid, Jason Mraz, Steel Pulse and so many more! Top Shelf Music has your back and big ups to Livelist for […]

Lissie at LA’s Largo at The Coronet | Top Shelf Reggae

A small, quaint theater with crushed red velvet curtains, soft white lights, a rustic upright piano, a mic stand, a stool and a glass of red wine. The intimate venue of Largo at The Coronet in Los Angeles was the perfect place for Lissie to kick off her When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective Tour. […]

Austin City Limits 2019 announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Now that Coachella weekends one and two have passed, it's time to fast forward to fall — fall in Texas, specifically. There are some bucketlist fests on everyone's radar and Austin City Limits (ACL) continues to reign supreme (next to Bonneroo and Lolla, of course). ACL might not be as old as its aforementioned predecessors, […]