Walshy Fire & The Expanders presents “Give Thanks For Life” riddim album | Top Shelf Reggae

Los Angeles-based reggae-rock band The Expanders have become known for their rootsy, rocksteady sound throughout the trajectory of their musical career. Standing as a perfect riddim band, The Expanders previously pumped out an album earlier this year alongside renowned EDM artist Walshy Fire (of Major Lazer) entitled Top Shelf Riddim, featuring the likes of Queen Omega, […]

A view of The Elovaters & forthcoming “Defy Gravity” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Let me preface with how this think piece originally began in January 2018, while Jackson Wetherbee (vocals, guitar), Johnny “Blaze” Alves (guitar), Nick Asta (drums), Derrick Cabral (percussion), Greg Nectow (keys) and newest oddity to this seamless collection, Matt Link (bass), were down at White Star Sound in Virginia. If this spot sounds familiar, that is normal. It's the […]

Tune in, drop out at Desert Daze 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Ever since the birth of Burning Man, the festival experience has pivoted from a simple weekend of music to that of a transcendental enigma. Passive voyeurism is dead. The Burn made way for other festivals to follow in pursuit of life, love and eternal consciousness, such as the biannual Joshua Tree or NorCal’s EDM-meets-yoga Lightning […]

KAABOO 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

KAABOO Del Mar 2018 forged on with Day Two on Saturday, September 15th. Attendees poured into the Del Mar Fairgrounds just as early as the day before to catch opening acts Lost Beach, Creature Canyon and FITNESS before Soul Asylum took the MGM Stage to much applause. 90s-lovers basked in the early day nostalgia (whether […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Katchafire “100” | Top Shelf Reggae

New Zealand roots-reggae rockers Katchafire brings another track to life off their latest LEGACY LP in this world video premiere of “100”. As an ode to family, the video for the single starts with footage from Katchafire tours: rolling down the Las Vegas Strip, seeing “Katchafire” on a big marquee, roaming random downtown streets and […]

Dry Reef “Daychange” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The name of this east coast band, Dry Reef, rolls off the tongue in much the same sweet-sounding fashion as the group so often plays. The indie-surf rockers rose to prominence and managed to secure a nice following in a very short amount of time. The four band members are clearly overachievers because their new […]

91x presents Scallywag! San Diego | Top Shelf Reggae

There are some things in life that go better with other things: peanut butter with jelly, iPhones with power chords, yin with yang. Along the lines of essential pairings comes beer with punk rock – you simply can't separate the two. World-renowned FM radio station 91x in San Diego knows this all too well and […]

KAABOO Del Mar 2018: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

The gates opened to lines wrapped around every building to kick off Day One of the world-famous KAABOO Del Mar at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds, back in its fourth year. The late morning of Friday, September 14th was a hot one, so much so that the bask area filled up fast. Between the three […]

Irie G at Winston’s OB | Top Shelf Reggae

On August 22nd, Irie G packed the house on a Reggae Wednesday night at Winston's OB, a neighborhood weekly destination hosted by renowned reggae DJ Carlos Culture of alt-radio station 94.9. His San Diego-based All–Star band for the night included Carlos Liera on trumpet, John Herb on trombone, Ty Kiernan on percussion, Kaya Hall (K-Skunk) […]

Collective Thought debuts with “Rise” album | Top Shelf Reggae

Socially-conscious and forward-thinking band Collective Thought of Austin, Texas has released their inaugural album since their formation in 2016! Concert-goers that have caught Collective Thought live around the southwest are fully aware that they not only entertain, but enlighten as they do, and now, the band has pressed music to prove it. Rise, a 10-track […]

The full KAABOO 4 feels | Top Shelf Reggae

If three-day music festivals don't leave you feeling entertained, then they didn’t do their job. In the realm of captivating competence, KAABOO far exceeds expectations. With street performers parading as wild animals and robots, there’s always something to see and do at San Diego’s world-renowned KAABOO Del Mar. The 4th Annual began like any other, […]

ARISE Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

ARISE Music & Arts Festival 2018 was a magical experience, spanning three days in Loveland, Colorado's Sunrise Ranch. From August 3rd to August 5th, strangers became family while dancing, singing and celebrating life in unity. The fest started with a traditional Native American ceremony of cleansing and community, followed by a woman's dance clothed all […]

Slightly Stoopid at the Del Mar Racetrack | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego’s own Slightly Stoopid packed the house for the Del Mar Concert Series closing weekend. Kyle McDonald walked out on stage with a peg leg, foot in a cast, but didn’t miss a beat. Kyle and Miles interchanged guitars and vocals all through show. The crowd got a nice surprise when legend, Don Carlos stepped […]

¡Mayday! “South Of 5th” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Life in Miami isn’t just all beaches and bar-hopping. Reggae-hip hop stunners ¡Mayday! know the city all too well, growing up on the less desirable streets south of 5th – where watching your back isn’t a precaution, it’s a necessity. Signing to Strange Music in 2009, the band has pumped out album after album, escalating […]

Rig up for Reggae on Route 66 Fest | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae, as a genre, is classic. Ever since its birth, reggae music has evolved to encompass so many subgenres along the way: island, roots, raggamuffin, dancehall, reggae rock, Cali reggae, alt-reggae, reggae-hip hop… the list goes on and on. Commemorating all that reggae represents are numerous national music festivals, each intending to spread good vibes […]

The Late Ones at Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

On August 11th, The Lowtops opened up a show at Fullerton's Slidebar Rock n' Roll Kitchen (familiarly “Slidebar”), belting out songs that got the crowd going. Then, Solution came on and, as always, got the energy pumping and had the crowd dancing by the end of the set. The Late Ones closed the night, continuing […]

Levitate 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Two of Levitate Festival 2018 started off bright and sunny on an early July weekend in Marshfield, MA. Bluegrass, funk and reggae enthusiasts collided once again for a full day of the best in the jam band business, starting with Quadrafunk and The Quins. Unfortunately, coming from south Boston in the morning delayed photo […]

Dankrupt releases new track “All My Of Love” | Top Shelf Reggae

Southern California’s own Dankrupt will be releasing their poignant new single entitled “All Of My Love” on Friday, August 24th, which will debut simultaneously with the track’s official music video. Dankrupt aims big here with this new release, juggling genres in ways that we’ve seen in the past. Dankrupt aims big here with this new […]

Why you should know Vana Liya | Top Shelf Reggae

They say big things come in small packages. That much is true when it comes to Nirvana Golberden, a.k.a Vana Liya: a 5'2″, 24-year-old badass reigning from Deer Park, NY. Now under LAW Records, Vana Liya doesn't have your average entrance story into the mad world of music. After posting a cover of Pepper's “Too Much” […]