Reggae on the Beach 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

On July 6th 2018, Latin-rock reggae Simbala band opened up the Reggae on the Beach show held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Next up was the guys in Cal1fa and they really got the crowed prepped for the fun to come. Then came crowd favorite Pato Banton, who even with heat reaching the 90s on […]

Levitate 2018: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae, folk and rock lovers headed in masses to Marshfield, Massachusetts on July 7th, 2018, ready to enjoy a full weekend of music amongst friends old and new! Marshfield is a quaint little town, tucked away in the wildnerness just adjacent to Cape Cod and nestled on the very most outskirts of the bigger Boston metropolis; […]

Kings and Comrades “On My Way” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

After much anticipation, Philadelphia’s Kings and Comrades have just released their third full-length studio album on August 3rd titled On My Way. Led by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff McCaughey, the band has come a long way since they began over a decade ago. Starting with only two members, Kings and Comrades are now equipped […]

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018: Day Two vlog | Top Shelf Reggae

Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose returns to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for Day Two of Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018, capturing the entire day in top vlog fashion. Following sensational Day One performances, such as Jack White, Neil Young and The Pretenders, Day Two attendees were ready to rage, starting with a Prince […]

Thrive “Be Love” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s been a few years since Thrive's last full length release, but the band is back filling the airwaves with their positive and uplifting vibes. On July 27th, Thrive released their new LP, Be Love. The band has put out several full-length albums, EPs and a handful of singles, so this Northern California band is […]

Slightly Stoopid at the Santa Barbara Bowl | Top Shelf Reggae

On June 24th, Slightly Stoopid’s School's Out For Summer Tour passed through beautiful sunny, Santa Barbara and played the legendary Santa Barbara Bowl. Pepper got the party started early with energy that was through the roof! Kyle McDonald from Slightly Stoopid came out to help them sing the song “7 Weeks” off their album In […]

Zahira releases “Mystic One” single | Top Shelf Reggae

I was surprised when I pressed play, shocked even, confused how a young lady reigning from Canada could sound so 'grassroots' and earthy. Residence aside, pleasure quickly ensued as I tuned into Zahira's new single “Mystic One”. I was baffled by the sound. I kept listening for what seemed like forever. I still could not wrap […]

Cali Roots 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Three of California Roots 2018 was one for the record books! Once the Monterey Fairgrounds gates opened, explosive energy was brought forth by bands like New Kingston, DARENOTS and GRAMMY-nominees Raging Fyah. Cali Roots 9 might've been on its last leg, but the fest was far from done. And, it wasn't just the energy that […]

Groundation returns with a new album and band | Top Shelf Reggae

Four years since their last studio release Groundation returns with an album that is truly groundbreaking in both its musical composition and social content. Taking the sound back to its foundation the group has been rebuilt by lead vocalist Harrison Stafford and features a dynamic set of musicians from both Jamaica and California. Stafford was […]

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018: Day One vlog | Top Shelf Reggae

Experience what it was like to attend one of the best fests in southern California, as Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose covers Day One of Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl vlog style. Getting there a little late, the video explores half the first day's festivities, featuring headliner Neil Young, ska legends […]

Looking back on Levitate Music Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

The east coast has a different air about their musical festivals than the west coast does. Both are valid experiences, both proffer the best of the best in arts and entertainment to the stage. However, festivals back east, like the annual Levitate Music and Arts Festival, have a certain sense of community that remains absent […]

Get ready for Life Is Beautiful 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

For the past six years, there has been one fall festival that has not only reigned at the top of the live entertainment list, but influenced the likes of KAABOO Del Mar, Coachella and beyond. Situated in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Life Is Beautiful Music and Arts Festival has revolutionized Fremont Street, adding […]

Cali Roots 2018: Day Two afterparty | Top Shelf Reggae

Everyone knows the party doesn't stop once the headliner leaves the stage at the annual California Roots Festival in Monterey, California. This year, at Cali Roots 9, the Saturday night after party at Planet Gemini included Guam's For Peace Band and crowd favorite Iya Terra for kate night entertainment. Once the Bowl Stage emptied out, […]

Kyle Smith sits down at Cali Roots 9 | Top Shelf Reggae

Kyle Smith and drummer Scotty B sit down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 at California Roots Festival 2018. Kyle Smith won the Pop-Up contest to be featured that weekend on the Weedmaps Stage, so the band talks their upcoming performance, what's to come this summer and hypothetical collabs.  Artist links: Facebook | Instagram Tags: videos, scotty b, monterey […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Harsh Armadillo “Animal” | Top Shelf Reggae

New England's funky, hip hop conglomerate Harsh Armadillo goes primal in “Animal” off their latest, self-released BITE LP. A jazzy, downtempo track about certain passions known to overwhelm the senses after sundown, “Animal” is quintessential of the band's kinky groove, brought to you visually by Xander Hayes of XZH Visuals in this Top Shelf Reggae […]

Dirty Heads with The Movement and Pacific Dub | Top Shelf Reggae

The summer tour featuring Southern California's own Dirty Heads has come to an end. With support from Pacific Dub and The Movement, the tour received huge praise via social media and can be officially labeled as a success! We caught up with the trifecta on their Indianapolis, IN show at the beautiful Farm Bureau Insurance […]

The Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018 experience | Top Shelf Reggae

Considering large corporate festivals are not reggae in nature, getting approved for media credentials under the moniker 'Top Shelf Reggae' is, in itself, an accomplishment. Upon hearing the lineup for Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018, with rock legends Neil Young and Robert Plant attached, I immediately sent in an application without a shred of hope that […]

Slightly Stoopid at Avila Beach | Top Shelf Reggae

Slightly Stoopid’s School’s Out For Summer Tour kicked off at the beginning of June with reggae dub band, Stick Figure and three-piece rock reggae band, Pepper. This tour is a total of seven weeks spanning the entire country. We were fortunate enough to catch the fifth show of the tour in Avila Beach, CA at […]

The Ries Brothers interview at Cali Roots 9 | Top Shelf Reggae

The Ries Brothers take time out of their day to chat with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 1 at California Roots Festival 2018. The brothers touch on their two live performances over Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey, what's to come touring this summer, their debut album, upcoming new music, being in school on the […]

Rebelution “Free Rein” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Over the last decade, Rebelution have dominated mainstream American reggae radio waves and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic reggae anthems. And although they’ve had an astounding impact on their home country, Rebelution’s journey is one that has played out on a global scale, with all the sweet, guitar […]

4 additional reasons to attend Levitate | Top Shelf Reggae

This July is looking Stoopid-ly sweet to attend one highly sought after summer festival. If anyone is a Boston native waiting for the chance to head back to Massachusetts, or a New England resident looking for an opportunity to drive along the coast to Marshfield for a weekend, Levitate Music and Arts Festival this July […]