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 […]

The Cali Roots 9 experience | Top Shelf Reggae

The annual California Roots Festival could easily be compared to a modern-day Woodstock of reggae – three days of peace and music. In fact, Jimi Hendrix famously torched his guitar on the very stage thousands gather around year after year for this event. But, at the same time, Cali Roots is uniquely and authentically its […]

For Peace Band chats at Cali Roots 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Guamanian reggae sensation For Peace Band sits down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 of California Roots Festival 2018. The band played two live performances that day and has big plans for their upcoming album Always Love, available this summer on all digital outlets. Follow the link below to get your copy […]

Dirty Heads at Orlando Amphitheater | Top Shelf Reggae

Another backpack fully stocked with large amounts of unneeded things and on the road again. The destination this trip is Orlando. Mother nature had yet to consume her daily cocktail of 'chill' with the weather switching throughout the day into the night. The wind picked up and a severe sand storm hit us as we watched […]

Kaya Fest 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Sunday morning was shining at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California for Day Two of Kaya Fest. The gates opened a little late, but not to worry, the music-hungry fans were satiated by one-man band Jah Stix right off the bat. The place was soon packed, as rootsy reggae attendees anticipated one of […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Majah Bless “Gone Away” | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican artist Majah Bless strikes an anti-violence stance in this world music video premiere for “Gone Away”, a track of Rebel Sound Records' latest African Trod Riddim compilation. The riddim is a gentle one, with simplistic bongo drums and traditional African sounds that exemplify the feeling of getting back to one's roots. The roots for Majah […]

Protoje releases “No Guarantee” feat. Chronixx | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican reggae revival artist, Protoje, is about to unleash his long awaited new album called A Matter of Time this June 29th, following his hit 2015 LP Ancient Future. A Matter Of Time was made available for pre-order on May 18th, coinciding with the release of his fourth single “No Guarantee”, featuring fellow reggae revivalist and “Who […]

8th Annual Grand Point North announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its 8th year, Grand Point North Festival is set to rock Burlington, Vermont's Waterfront Park once again this upcoming 15th and 16th of September, 2018. A brainchild of GRAMMY-nominee Grace Potter, Grand Point North's grassroots ethos brings together both big bands and local talent to synthesize the alt-americana industry at its finest. Naturally, […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

In comparison to the previous days, I slowly stumble, still concussed, into completely breathtaking Vinoy Park for round three of Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018! I have to admit, I had to take it easy and only got some of the main bands shot due to the 'ramp incident' with my head the day prior. […]

Get ready for Closer to the Sun 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

The moment all Stoopidheads have been waiting for since last December is finally here: Closer to the Sun 2018 has been announced and it's already set to be the sickest yet. Going down on the shorefront of Riviera Maya, Mexico, Closer to the Sun honors reggae rock in all its glory with four full days […]

Tune in to Cali Roots 2018 live stream | Top Shelf Reggae

Love reggae music and the magic of California Roots Music and Arts Festival, but can’t make it Monterey? Don’t worry! The Cali Roots family have teamed up with the number one online source for global live concert streaming, LiveList, to bring the Cali Roots experience straight into your home this Memorial Day Weekend! Also brought […]

Tifa drops “JA Party” single | Top Shelf Reggae

Dancehall diva, Tifa, is ready to get the party started with her latest summery single “JA Party” – a track about, well, the finer things in life. The song is the second in sequence to hit digital outlets off Tifa's forthcoming 15-track album, set to be available later this summer, after her bangin’ “Buss A […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ra Deal “Free” | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican artist Ra Deal is ready to be released in this world video premiere of “Free” off the recent African Trod Riddim compilation via Rebel Sound Records. With a mellow bongo beat backing the track, Ra Deal preaches the value of freedom in his take on this slow tempo riddim and shows several ways to […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: E.N Young “Just Be” | Top Shelf Reggae

Producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, E.N Young, is illuminating his supportive side in the world video premiere of “Just Be”: an uplifting track with playful keys and horn riffs off his latest Call On Me album.  E.N welcomes his muse into his life, saying “you can do anything”, for you are the ultimate.  Owner of Roots Musician […]

Experiencing Kaya Fest 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Driving up to the drab-colored NOS Events Center in San Bernardino does not make you feel that you’re about to experience a one-of-a-kind festival weekend amidst the most beautiful strangers you’ll ever meet. With Coachella happening the same April weekend in the desert just adjacent to Kaya's Riverside, California location and with renowned Los Angeles […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The second day of Reggae Rise Up Florida was louder, more festive and started off with a bang, literally. Day Two fell on St. Patrick's Day and the holiday was in full effect. There's no questioning what day it was, and it's very visible through the waves of people rocking Mardi Gras beads, kilts, scally […]

Rototom Sunsplash promotes 25th Annual on the road | Top Shelf Reggae

In celebration of Rototom Sunsplash's 25th Annual event this August, the international reggae festival of all festivals is taking to the road, visiting five European countries and over a dozen Spanish cities ahead of the big event. Rototom Sunsplash, for those who are unaware, is Europe's largest and most intensive reggae festival, stretching an impressive […]

420 On The Block 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

A fantastic event called 420 On The Block takes place every year in the heart of Denver at the Fox Street Compound, this year landing April 20th-22nd. 2018's three-day festival incorporated great live performances by Action Bronson, Matisyahu, Protoje, Natalli Rize, Break Science Live Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Reminders, Washed Out and many more. The […]

Nick Daugherty Benefit Show at PBWLA | Top Shelf Reggae

On April 15, a benefit show was put on for Nick Daugherty and family to help cover medical bills after suffering a sudden and unfortunate heart attack. The show was sponsored by Tiki Killers and organized by Eye in I's Mason Ruiz at PBWLA in Pomona. It was so great seeing so many bands and […]

WORLD SINGLE PREMIERE: Omik “Uncertain Love” | Top Shelf Reggae

Omik, born Kimo Carpenter, brings a special blend of island vibes, traditional reggae riffs and west coast sounds to create his unique, up-and-coming style. This seems fitting, considering the LA-resident migrated to the mainland from his Hawaii home to continue his musical journey. After teaming up with fellow Mensch House Records and Island Empire friends, […]

School’s Out For Summer Tour starts soon | Top Shelf Reggae

Colossal reggae rock legends, Slightly Stoopid, is venturing out from their sunny SoCal homes to take on the nation all summer long in their impressive School’s Out For Summer Tour. Performing 43 shows in 28 states is quite a feat in itself, not to mention the monumental direct support attached to the bill – crowd-favorite […]

Kash’d Out at Romano’s Concert Lounge | Top Shelf Reggae

The None Escape the Law tour made it’s stop at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside, California on April 7th, featuring Law Records artists Kash'd Out, Tunnel Vision and Seranation. The night started out with Seranation – a band I hadn’t heard before. I REALLY liked their sound and energy! They were great at getting the […]

Ease Up “Return to Sender” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

SoCal’s sunny ska-reggae-rock ensemble, Ease Up, is showing off their edgier side with a double-single EP out today off MNO Records. The release consists of two main tracks, “Return To Sender” and “ Turn Around”, both of which cater to the skanking end of the tempo scale. Not feelin' the skank pit? The double-single also […]