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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 178 – Garden Special

Today I have a treat for all you horticulturists, as we’re leaving the house and going out into the back yard, for the House of Reggae’s Garden special… Don Drummond – Garden Of Love Rod Taylor – Garden Of Eden Freddie McKay – Peace In The Garden Lt Stitchie – Lyrics Garden Prince Alla & […]

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, […]

House of Reggae Pt. 179

Welcome aboard for another hour long journey through the decades of fine Jamaican music, which today will include paying respect to the recently departed, hearing some great new releases and reissues and whatever else I can lay my hands on… Errol Walker – In These Times Easton Clarke – Dig A Hole Smiley & Asher […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 180 – Rocksteady Special

In honour and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Rocksteady, I’ve picked out some of my favourite tunes from that magical era to shine a light on the great singers, musicians and producers and to try to understand its part in the evolution of Jamaican music. So clap your hands and stamp […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 181 – Prince Buster Special

Welcome in for another celebration of fine Jamaican music where today I am paying an extended tribute to the King of Ska, Prince Buster, who passed away on the 8th September aged 78 years old, but back in the 1960’s he was a one man recording industry who sang, produced and released hundreds of records […]

House of Reggae Pt. 182

Step this way for another hour long selection of fine Jamaican music that today will feature tributes to some legendary figures of reggae alongside a trio of new releases… Bobby Ellis – Mr Ellis Clinton Fearon – No Justice Joy White – Dread Out Deh Yellowman – Mad Over Me Bob Marley – Judge Not […]

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 […]

House of Reggae 2016 Annual

Welcome in for this year’s final selection of fine Jamaican music, so put on your diamond socks and your comfy slippers and pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple while I trawl through the last 12 months of new reggae releases and pick out some of my favourite tunes for your listening pleasure in […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 183

Step this way for another hour long stroll through the hills and valleys of fine Jamaican music for the first show of a new year where I’ve got lined up a handful of new releases, a version excursion and of course some old classics… Glen & Dave – Wake Up To Reality The Termites – […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 184 – Railway Special

Welcome aboard. I am your conductor for the next hour as we embark upon another journey through the heart of fine Jamaican music, so please have your tickets ready for inspection for the House of Reggae’s Railway Special… Soul Brothers – Last Train To Skaville Ken Boothe – The Train Is Coming The Gladiators – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 185

It’s time for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I am paying tribute to three musical legends, vocalist and percussionist Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, trombonist Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson and ex-Tennor and Ital Ronnie Davis, who have all sadly passed away this year… Ronnie Davis – Jah Jah Jahovia Mellow Cats – Rock A Man […]

House of Reggae Pt. 186

It’s time for another monthly delve through the archives to hand pick another hour of fine Jamaican music… The Pioneers – Me Little But Me Tallawah Keith & Tex – Touch My Hand Macka B – Legendary Reggae Icon Cornel Campbell – My Roots Girl The Radicals – Rum Tree The Termites – Rave All […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 187 – Hills and Valleys Special

It’s time to put on your walking boots and fill up your knapsack as we head off on another hour long ramble through some fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s Hills and Valleys Special… Augustus Pablo – Up Wareika Hill Buju Banton – Hills & Valleys Jah Cure – Trod In The Valley […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 188 – Frankie Paul Special

Today I am paying tribute to Frankie Paul, one of the legendary singers of the dancehall, who sadly passed away last month aged just 51 years old. But back in the 1980’s and 90’s he was a one man record machine as he recorded dozens of albums and hundreds of singles, and so I’ve picked […]

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 […]

House of Reggae Pt. 189

Welcome in for another hour of fine Jamaican music, chat and info… Culture – Two Sevens Clash Carlton & The Shoes – Never Let Go Courtney John – Southern Wind Errol Holt – Gimmie Gimmie Prince Far I – Zion Call Delton Screechie – Mix Up Midnight Riders – Cross The Border Fari Di Future […]

Raging Fyah talks at Cali Roots 9 | Top Shelf Reggae

Raging Fyah gives a taste of upcoming album Coming In Hot, their dance moves and more in this sit down with Top Shelf Reggae journalists Kristy Rose and Sandy Krietzberg after their set Day 3 at California Roots Festival 2018. Stay tuned for more interviews, articles and photos from Monterey's California Roots Festival in the days […]

House of Reggae Pt. 190 – Royal Special

You are cordially invited in to Ian’s humble abode of Jamaican music as I crank up the gramophone and pull out an hour’s worth of majestic Jamaican music for the House of Reggae’s Royal Special… Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody Prince Buster – Kings Of Old Vivian Jackson & Trinity – King Pharaoh’s Plague […]

The Nextmen vs Gentleman’s Dub Club | Top Shelf Reggae

British dub band, Gentleman’s Dub Club, and UK songwriting/DJ duo, The Nextmen, have joined forces to create an incredible 12-track album titled Pound for Pound. Gentleman’s Dub Club began building a reputation for themselves by playing live, high-energy shows from places like Goa to Glastonbury to France to Poland and more. The Nextmen had similar […]

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 […]