No Values Festival 2024

No Values Festival on June 8th, 2024 was a celebration of punk rock, capturing the raw energy and rebellious spirit that has defined the genre for decades. With four stages and a lineup featuring both legendary acts and emerging talents, the festival presented by Goldenvoice took place at the Fairplex in Pomona, California; it was […]

Metal memories with Mike’s Dead at Welcome to Rockville 2024

A metal outfit by the name of Mike’s Dead is going full-force right now, consisting of the totally brutal art of self-expression. The music rockets you into an emotional abyss made up of equal parts strength, joy, and utter pain. Represented by Hopeless Records (a label fitting the artist’s subject matter), Top Shelf Music got […]

A chat with Scott Bartlett, co-founder of Saving Abel

Scott Bartlett, co-founder of the rock band Saving Abel, has made a name for himself through many years and many miles across the globe that he’s dedicated to his craft. The man writes, kills it on the guitar, and — without a doubt — knows his music biz from inside and out. As a singer-songwriter, […]

Experiencing the earth-shaking Welcome to Rockville 2024

Welcome to Rockville Fest conquered Florida once again this year! It has become Top Shelf’s annual trip to the NASCAR International Speedway by the shores of Daytona Beach. This festival is produced by the one and only Danny Wimmer Presents: one of the most riveting and largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America.   […]

BeachLife Festival 2024: Day Two

Day Two of BeachLife Festival kicked off under overcast skies that failed to dampen the spirits of the eager crowd. Despite the chillier weather compared to Day One, the festivalgoers were in high spirits, ready to immerse themselves in a diverse lineup of performances. The Expendables got the party started at noon on the Hightide […]

Sick New World 2024

Sick New World made its crushing sold-out debut in 2023 and there’s no stopping this fantastic fest, bringing together the best in modern rock. With their second year, C3 Presents has proven SNW to be a landmark for Las Vegas festivals. Along with their second year came upgrades! Everyone got wristbands this year! It was […]

Intervals rocks Detroit with instrumental metal madness

A unique night, for sure, happened at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. Different bands who had a similar sound, yet all sounded so different came together on April 12th, 2024. There was something for everyone to enjoy with this lineup. Makari and Body Thief started the night, warming up the crowd. Makari brought the alternative […]

Inkcarceration 2024 combines music & madmen once again in Ohio

Have you ever been to a haunted tattoo rock festival? Clearly, this is an event you do not want to miss! It’s a fest you will remember for a lifetime, believe us. Literally held within the walls of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival is coming back in […]

Otoboke Beaver obliterates at Nashville’s Eastside Bowl

In my 10+ years of music journalism, I have attended some pretty weird and usual shows, events ranging from soda spraying clowns to bands that have set their instruments on fire. Without trying to sound pretentious, I had honestly thought I had seen everything. That was until this past Thursday evening at Nashville’s Eastside Bowl. […]