New SOJA single “Bad News” | Top Shelf Reggae

It's been awhile since we've heard anything new from Virginia natives SOJA. Their 2016 release Live From Virginia was a nice little additional to their library, however fans are getting antsy for new music. Released on YouTube on May 24th, SOJA unleashed their new single titled “Bad News” announcing it on social media, “There are […]

Watch the live stream of Caliroots 2017 | Top Shelf Reggae

For those who can’t make it to one of the most anticipated weekends of the year, California Roots is bringing it’s iconic festival to your home with the help of innovative technologies from live streaming Venice, California based company, LiveList. From their website, LiveList states that it was built with the belief that live music […]

3rd Annual Dry Diggings Festival Announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Everybody’s favorite fall festival is back for its third year of reggae beats and brews, tucked away in the serene Sierra Nevada Mountains. That’s right – the 3rd Annual Dry Diggings Festival has taken shape! About 45 minutes east of Sac town is Placerville, California: home of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, who has hosted […]

Collie Buddz “Good Life” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Bermuda’s critically-praised reggae artist Collie Buddz releases his first proper full length album since his 2007 self-titled release made him a household name. After a long hiatus Collie Buddz has returned with an upbeat album that represents a fresh start artistically and personally. The album, titled Good Life showcases a diverging sound in which the […]

Dankrupt releases new EP CALIROCK. Listen here. | Top Shelf Reggae

On Wednesday, May 17th, Los Angeles based band Dankrupt’s latest EP titled CALIROCK will hit the streets. To offer up a little taste of what this four piece band will bring, Top Shelf Reggae presents the opening track from the EP, “California Everyday.” CALIROCK is a monumental endeavor that's more than the sum of its parts […]

Grand Point North Festival 2017 announced for fall | Top Shelf Reggae

There’s nothing like the northeast in the fall: the temperature hasn’t significantly dropped yet, the trees are just starting to show a tinge of color, and everyone covets the last remaining days of sunshine together in the somewhat brisk outdoors. In other words, as Labor Day Weekend ends, windbreaker September begins. And, lest we forget, […]

Mystic Roots Band “CHANGE” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s not hard to pin down the classic hip hop, pop and reggae influences coursing through Northern California-based band Mystic Roots. The band’s latest album CHANGE is heavily indebted to their NorCal roots but manages to create a sound all their own. We are happy to present this album to the world; it brings many […]

33rd Annual Reggae on the River takes shape | Top Shelf Reggae

The 33rd Annual Reggae on the River Festival (ROTR) has announced its proper reggae lineup, including Sly & Robbie, Marcia Griffiths, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Lutan Fyah & The Riddim Rebels, Dezarie, Nattali Rize and many more for a sweet four-day weekend of incredible reggae music. Reggae on the River is renowned for […]

Surrounded by the Sound Music & Arts Festival announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae-rock lovers of the American East Coast are able to enjoy a growing number of festivals each year, expanding from the bicoastal pioneers behind California Roots: Carolina Sessions after their initial success of Monterey, California’s Cali Roots – now eight years in the making! Needless to say, the movement is quickly becoming unstoppable. Inspired by […]

Dubbest in the Right Direction Tour | Top Shelf Reggae

Dubbest, a reggae rock band originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but who now calls San Diego, California their home is set to start their Right Direction Tour. Starting in San Antonio, Texas on May 2, the band will be traveling along the Gulf of Mexico toward the East Coast. The band will hit Nebraska before heading […]

Passafire set to release sixth full length album | Top Shelf Reggae

Progressive reggae-rock pioneers Passafire will be releasing Longshot, their sixth full-length album – and third release on indie reggae powerhouse Easy Star Records – on May 12. The record is now available for pre-order, which includes two advance songs, “Longshot” and “Blow.” Those songs are also be on Spotify and other streaming services.  Longshot’s songs […]

KROQ presents High and Mighty Fest | Top Shelf Reggae

KROQ, an LA-based radio station among America's most famous, has grown to be a name synonymous with the biggest and baddest Southern Californian events of the season. Every year, the station sponsors several music festivals, often times with unbeatable lineups attached – such as their summer kickoff Weenie Roast Fest, now in its 14th year! […]

Life is Beautiful 2017 lineup has arrived | Top Shelf Reggae

The 5th Annual Life is Beautiful Festival has officially taken shape, and this year is looking to be more thrilling than ever! Since its origin in 2013, Vegas-based Life is Beautiful fest has been the host to the biggest names in music, examples being Stevie Wonder, Mumford and Sons, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Kendrick […]

Morgan Heritage “Avrakedabra” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Few albums have the ability to captivate from the beginning to end, but this stunning new release from GRAMMY award winning reggae legends Morgan Heritage does that and more. From the shimmering and smooth opening track, “Want Some More,” to the melodic and nostalgic tones of “One Family,” this entire collection is velvety listening throughout. […]

Satsang “Pyramid(s)” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae and alternative artists of today strive to make the world a better place through their music. Whether through personal experiences or from their own hypotheses of change, modern music is transitioning into a source of hope and deliverance from the troubled times we've grown accustomed to. Although modernized, cultural calls to action are something […]

Nattali Rize “Rebel Frequency” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

In these times of disorientation and uncertainty, at least music can offer a way out of feeling lost in the wilderness. International reggae songstress Nattali Rize will prove this with their debut album Rebel Frequency released on March 24th, 2017. Rize continues her uplifting and conscious music through her latest offer. Invigoratingly direct and assertive lyrics […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

The last of Jungle Jam 2017 was upon us, and everyone woke up to amazing weather, good vibes, and everlasting memories from the last few days in paradise. With Day 3 being a shorter day, most flocked to the festival a little earlier to enjoy the most music in the smaller amount of time. Some […]

VP Records bringing hot fyah to Apple Music | Top Shelf Reggae

VP Records has proudly announced their latest endeavor with Apple Music for its own specially curated playlists. VP will be providing dedicated playlist geared towards your interests and hopefully introduce music lovers to some new tracks while creating a more intimate connection through their carefully crafted lists. “The idea is simply to offer a selection […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The party in the Jaco jungle continued with Day Two Jungle Jam 2017! Saturday promised some big names in reggae-rock-alternative music, and it sure delivered! Starting off the day was Congo Sanchez, a side project with Congo of Thievery Corporation who headlined the night before. Bursting with energy, the Congo Sanchez rapping lead vocalists took […]

Costa Rica’s 7th Annual Jungle Jam | Top Shelf Reggae

Pura vida. Stepping off the plane in Costa Rica, it's one of the first things that you hear. “Pura vida!” Exclaims the taxi driver outside the terminal, as you pile into what you figure is a normal hour-long commute after a half a day of traveling. “Pura vida!” You shout back, not really knowing if […]

Project: Out of Bounds “Sounds of Revolution” EP | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego progressive reggae band Project: Out of Bounds (POB) is celebrating a decade of music with their new EP, Sounds of Revolution. Over the years, POB has made a name for themselves touring up and down the west coast, promoting their self-proclaimed “dark reggae” sound: roots, dancehall, California and New Zealand reggae, intersecting with […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Costa Rica's hottest festival had begun, with Day One Jungle Jam underway! And, let us assure you, the music wasn't the only thing that was fire! Reggae lovers from around the globe converged in the small beach town of Jaco, Costa Rica on Friday, March 10th to enjoy a cool evening of music following a […]

Collie Buddz new album details emerge | Top Shelf Reggae

Bermuda bred Collie Buddz just announced details on his new album. Titled Good Life, his second full length will arrive on May 19, 2017 on his own Harper Digital label and follows not so hot on the heels of 2007’s self titled album. Accompanying the exciting announcement, Collie released his three-minute title track produced by […]