Dry Diggings reveals full lineup for August 2021

If you have never been to the alternative reggae rock festival Dry Diggings, then buckle up as we tell you why it is YOUR next destination festival event! The California Roots partner festival is returning for two days and the full lineup drop has got us pumped for August! Nestled in the mountain hills of […]

Experiencing the first ¡Viva Iriezona! Fest

The weekend of ¡Viva Iriezona! was one of welcoming live music back from the dead. As we are about to embark on a summer full of festivals, we recap now on the festival that kicked off the return of live music. ¡Viva Iriezona! is an annual music and arts festival, held at beautiful Hidden Lake, Arizona.  […]

¡Viva Iriezona! successfully brings back live music to AZ

The weekend of April 9-11th 2021 will be remembered as the weekend that brought live music back to the west! Viva Iriezona, put on by The Dub Shack LLC,  was nestled in the hills of Hidden Lake, Arizona and made for the perfect backdrop for the return of live music. When a Year One festival […]

Vana Liya to release “I Don’t Care What You Do” (Brosiah Remix)

Northern California producer Brosiah (Josiah Morrison) is known amongst locals as an artist who isn’t afraid to push boundaries within musical genres. His latest pairing with reggae-pop artist Vana Liya is of no exception. Brosiah got his start in the music industry by playing guitar in various progressive metal bands –most notably, Solano county favorite, […]

Glass House Point returns with airy “All to Rest” single

Glass House Point is an alternative rock band from Tampa, Florida, who immediately caught my ear in a sea of submissions due to their experimental vibe and ethereal sound. The quartet has been around for some time and are making a name for themselves as they continue to push boundaries in modern music through their […]

Kenny Nishikawa comments on new lo-fi EP & playing reggae

2021 is already shaping up to be a renaissance of sorts within the music industry! With the New Year comes spotlights on new music releases. Today we are highlighting lo-fi artist Kenny Nishikawa of San Jose, California. You may have seen Kenny rocking the bass for Vana Liya or maybe you’ve seen him behind the […]

TSM Artist #HotList: December 1st, 2020

Alexia Johnson for #TopShelfMusic here, with another TSM Artist #HotList! This week, we visit two artists from New York City, a pop reggae group from the Solomon Islands and indulge in some perspective with a Canadian rap artist. Let’s dive right in! “Higher” — Ronimus Ronimus is an artist hailing from New York City. Originally […]

An interview with Arran Sym

Scotland artist and producer Arran Sym is rising in the alt music realms of late — landing him smack dab on our radar for an artist spotlight! This up-and-coming low-fi name might be a novice to some, yet is quickly becoming a master of his craft. Arran Sym has been making such major waves in […]

Anti-Flag teams with Tom Morello & more in “A Dying Plea Vol. 1”

On November 4th, political activists and punk rock legends Anti-Flag released “A Dying Plea Vol. 1”. The single’s debut was both timely and intentional in regards to the United States 2020 election and the general unrest being felt around the globe.  2020 has been a year of awakening all around the world: from political leaders […]

TSM Artist #HotList: November 6th, 2020

Welcome to the Election Tuesday episode of Top Shelf Music’s Artist #HotList, with your host Alexia Johnson. Considering this week is all about Democracy, the catharsis of the most heated and aggressive U.S. election to date, Alexia has compiled songs centering around political action from up-and-coming artists of all genres. “Thunder Clap” — I Am […]

TSM Artist #HotList: September 29th, 2020

Welcome to Top Shelf Music Artist #HotList: Episode 12, with your host Alexia Johnson! Artists featured: Total Hip Replacement — “Lost In Thought” For a funky, light and breezy sound, we bring you Total Hip Replacement! If you are a fan of The Skints, this is a new band to check out. Total Hip Replacement […]

Small Batch teases debut EP with “Southern Mash” single

Today marks the debut pre-order, with instant release of Small Batch’s leading single “Southern Mash”, for their upcoming EP, History Repeats. The six-track EP drops on September 29th and features some notable musicians of Marin County, California, including Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran (aka RyMo), Shawn Brown and Joe Endoso (past and current members of […]

TSM Artist #HotList: September 5th, 2020

Welcome to TSM Artist #HotList Episode 11, with your host Alexia Johnson! Below are songs featured in this installment. Black Creek Reign (ROCK) — “Now I’m Free” Black Creek Reign is an indie reggae rock group from Toronto, Canada. The song we are featuring is titled “Now I’m Free” and, as you can imagine, it […]

The Resinators release steam in “Vacation” single

For those well-versed in the reggae rock agenda, you have probably heard of the band The Resinators. If not, you’re missing out! Originally from Eugene, Oregon and now based in Encinitas, California, The Resinators have truly grown in sound and presence over the last six years since their inception. Their new single “Vacation” is no […]

Stand for music by supporting the #SaveOurStages Act

In March of this year, COVID-19 hit. The novel Coronavirus spread quickly throughout the world and into our communities. Life immediately changed for virtually everyone as we tried to contain the virus, closing ‘non-essential businesses’ as a result. The industries most hit by the closures happened to be service, retail, travel and, you guessed it, […]