Alice Merton whips Nashville into an absolute frenzy

The year was 2016 and I was sipping an espresso in a small Italian cafe. There wasn’t anything particularly special about this establishment: the food was basic and unassuming, the coffee was okay. Suddenly, over the mediocre sound system came a song that immediately made me panic to find the shazam button on my iPhone. […]

Taking Back Sunday takes back San Diego between Coachella weekends

Taking Back Sunday swung by San Diego’s newest fan-favorite venue The Sound alongside the Del Mar Racetrack in between their legendary Coachella sets recently.  San Diego was bestowed with a headliner side show with beloved elder-emo Adam Lazzara (lead vocals), John Nolan (lead guitar, piano, vocals), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O’Connell (drums) on April […]

A dynamic night with Blake Rose in Nashville

Over the last few years, rising indie pop artist Blake Rose has been steadily making his mark across the world. A gifted vocalist hailing from Perth, Australia (now residing in Los Angeles, California), Rose constructs compositions around his emotionally empowering lyrics, using combinations of synthesized and acoustic orchestrations alongside a myriad of self-produced melodic soundscapes […]

Florida Groves 2024: Day Two

As fans ascended on the Central Florida Fairgrounds, people quickly scattered, exploring the numerous vendors, testing their skating skills on the half pipe, perusing the cannabis convention, and posing for selfies with one of the many murals. Many even inked the memories of Florida Groves forever at the tattoo convention. The makeup of the Florida […]

Coachella 2024 Weekend Two: Day 3, Escape to Goldenvoice Surf Club

After two full days frolicking in the *intense* Coachella heat, Top Shelf was blessed to check out Goldenvoice‘s posh popup at the Palm Springs Surf Club before heading back in for the Day Three finalé. Approximately 20 minutes away from the Empire Polo Grounds, the Palm Springs Surf Club is an expansive 21-acre, all-adult waterpark […]

Coachella 2024 Weekend Two: Day Two

With sunkissed shoulders and blistered feet, festival-goers gathered at the Empire Polo Club grounds for another day of music, surprises, and unforgettable moments. Unlike the star-studded spectacle of Weekend One, Day Two of Coachella Weekend Two was all about the music, drawing dedicated fans eager to immerse themselves in the diverse lineup of artists. The […]

Fall Out Boy & Jimmy Eat World set Milwaukee ablaze

On a rainy Tuesday night early in April, the great state of Wisconsin was set ablaze with pop-punk fever as Fall Out Boy‘s So Much For (2our) Dust Tour stormed into the Fiserv Forum, joined by the iconic Jimmy Eat World. The weather outside the iconic “Deer District” was cold and windy, as if winter […]

Coachella 2024 Weekend Two: Day One

Top Shelf has never had the pleasure of attending the catalyst of all Goldenvoice festivals… until this year. Of course, we’re talking the alpha, the omega, COACHELLA! Spanning two weekends in the sun-soaked Empire Polo Club grounds just south of Palm Springs, Coachella has become synonymous with the quintessential festival experience — the Maserati of […]

Vampire Weekend blends genres with ‘Only God Was Above Us’

Earlier this month on April 5, 2024, Vampire Weekend released their fifth studio album Only God Was Above Us. This new album effortlessly blends different musical influences and genres such as punk and jazz with the classic Vampire Weekend sound that we all know and love. The tight ten-track album certainly displays a departure in […]