Trevor Hall talks new singles & forthcoming album

The day my editor asked if I was interested in interviewing Trevor Hall, I pulled into the driveway and opened the car door right next to my little lime tree, (named Trevor, of course) and discovered my first lime! You see, the tree was an anniversary gift to my ex, but I took the tree […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Jonathan Emile “Keep On Fighting”

Cancer surviving Jamaican-Canadian rapper, poet, singer and activist, Jonathan Emile has released his latest video for the single “Keep On Fighting” off his new album, Spaces In Between. The video, also being released in French entitled “Solidarite”, is relevant and true to the times — and Top Shelf is so proud to host its world […]

Etana serenades in soothing “Truly” single

Jamaican songstress and ‘Best Reggae Album’ GRAMMY nominee Etana has released the first single, “Truly”, from her forthcoming album G.E.M.I.N.I. originally set to be released in staggers throughout May although new dates for release are pending due to COVID-19. Being in a constant state of the panic and confusion amidst this global quarantine, it’s refreshing […]

Jonathan Emile adds Etana in his “Canopy (Remix)” single

Jamaican-Canadian crooner, activist and poet Jonathan Emile has released a remix of his song, “Canopy”! The addition of sweet, sexy vocals by GRAMMY-nominated reggae artist Etana heightens the sounds of the already old-time ska-meets-tropical vibes, emphasized in her beautiful voice and creative energy.  The two share a sweet and playful exchange as they envision what […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020: Day Three

It was a sea of raincoats and ponchos at The Queen Mary Events Park for Day Three of One Love Cali Reggae Festival 2020. A little rain wasn’t going to stop crowds from flocking to hang with their friends and see their favorite bands perform! Kicking the day off on the Tiki Stage was The […]

Roots of Mine chats at One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020

The amazing SoCal natives band, Roots of Mine, made their One Love Cali Reggae Fest debut this year on the Tiki Stage on Saturday, February 8th. On the heels of their new single (and subsequent video) “Anna” and a sick cover of Bad Religion’s “I Want To Conquer The World”, Roots of Mine had earned […]

Pepper hosts Bradley’s House benefit at One Love afterparty

As if a gorgeous, sunny California day full of 27 of your favorite roots-reggae bands wasn’t enough at the 2020 One Love Cali Reggae Fest, then you found yourself at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach afterward for one hell of a Pepper afterparty! Pepper invited fans and friends alike to sample their signature wine collection in […]

Lords of Acid returns to the road bringing acid house for all

It was 1988 and, like many a teenager, my music was the bane of my parents’ existence. From behind my poster-covered bedroom door, you could hear thick acid house electronic dance beats mixed with the most scandalous and erotic lyrics. Lords of Acid‘s single “I Sit on Acid” was on repeat. By 1991, I could […]

Bad Cop Bad Cop at Long Beach’s DiPiazza’s

It was a night of nostalgia and newness all wrapped into one, as the fabulous ladies of Bad Cop Bad Cop gathered friends and fans alike to bid farewell to Mark and Maralyn DiPiazza on February 21st at their own DiPiazza’s pizza shop-turned-music-venue in Long Beach, CA. As always, the ladies rocked the crowd, starting […]

One Drop chats at One Love Cali Reggae Fest

In support of their latest release, Far From You, in October of 2019, San Diego-based One Drop took to the stage at One Love Cali Reggae Fest in Long Beach on Saturday, February 8th and bringing the party with their roots/reggae/dub sound blended with the perfect mix of R&B, pop and rock. The band met […]

4th & Orange interviews at One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020

It was a nostalgic weekend for Long Beach locals, as 4th & Orange made their festival debut at the One Love Cali Reggae Festival on Friday, February 7th 2020 — the same day they dropped their new single “In The LBC”! Formed in 2019 by longtime friends Garrett Douglas (lead singer) and Chris ‘DJ Irey’ […]

Ani DiFranco hosts sold out show at Observatory Santa Ana

It was an evening of beautiful feminine strength, powerful messages and sweet solidarity. Devoted fans gathered to see Ani DiFranco in a sold out show on February 15th at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Starting the night off was the beautiful indie folk songbird, Jesca Hoop. Supporting the 2019 release of her fifth studio […]