8th Annual We Can Survive benefit concert coming to LA

It’s that time again to announce the world’s most popular musicians, coming together to show support for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Once again, California is back to bring you its 8th Annual ‘We Can Survive‘ concert, presented by Audacy on October 23rd, at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA. After a concert-less […]

Mod Sun releases “Down”, following game-changing album

Rapper, rocker, book writer — these all describe artist Mod Sun. This modern mogul got a jumpstart in the rap game thanks to Machine Gun Kelly; I could be wrong, but, in my opinion, Mod Sun is absolutely killing it right now. His latest album, Internet Killed The Rockstar, feels like it came out 20 […]

Did Fyre Fest 2.0 just happen on Padre Island?

Festival cancellations this year are no big news, but that usually happens early and with great deliberation. RIP Bonnaroo 2021 (waterlogged sad face). SOL Beach Festival, on the other hand, appears to have cancelled after fans had packed the grounds, some waiting up to three hours for VIP entry. Attendees quickly discovered the festival had […]

KATASTRO comments on slammin’ new ‘Sucker’ album

Hip hop alternative conglomerate KATASTRO is back in action with the release of Sucker, a 12-track full-length LP, marking number six for this established band. And, if you’ve been really keeping track, that’s one album a year since 2016 (with several EPs and single drops in between)! Clearly, no global pandemic or quarantine is going […]

HIVE Festival 2021: Day Two

The second day of Salt Lake City’s HIVE Festival 2021 was happily upon us, a nonstop whirlwind of a day filled with A-list rap performance. Don Toliver, Jack Harlow, Joey Badass, Flo Milli, SAINt JHN, Tyla Yaweh, Yung Gravy and Kaash Paige rocked the festival from start to (almost) finish. And, then Post Malone — […]

Cypress Hill & Atmosphere take over San Diego

Good Vibes and happy times are amongst us! Ingredients include a full outdoor arena, a beautiful San Diego sunset, beer, nachos and smoothies on deck, with every seat in the house holding the perfect view; it was a recipe for for an incredible evening at San Diego State’s California Coast Open Air Theater on Saturday, […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: MediSun “Speak Love”

Reggae and R&B artist MediSun returns with the smooth and soulful “Speak Love” single, premiering today only on Top Shelf Music ahead of its end of August release! Recorded last summer in the Massachusetts home studio of renowned producer and musician Moon Bain, MediSun combines his uplifting lyrics with an all-star cast of players: Teflon […]

HIVE Festival 2021: Day One

The weekend of August 6th and 7th in was marked with an important event — hip hop’s HIVE Music Festival in Salt Lake City! Last year was tough for the music industry and we all were waiting (im)patiently for the events to come back. HIVE Music Festival, postponed from 2020, was one of the first […]

In memoriam of hip hop legend, Zumbi of Zion I

“… Always in my life, till the day that I die,” raps Zumbi of Zion I, to conclude one of his most poignant verses in “Bird’s Eye View”. Yet, not a single person ever expected for those words to come to fruition so abruptly. Born Stephen Gaines, his family has confirmed the prolific MC’s untimely […]

The ‘90-iest bands in existence’ head to Toronto this September

Back in the good old days, Tamagotchis ruled and jelly shoes were the height of sophistication… even though your feet were a pool of sweat in 3.2 seconds. We traded Hit Clips, slap bracelets and scrunchies at sleepovers, featuring Spice Girls karaoke (which Spice Girl were you??), a magic 8-ball and those obnoxiously orange Nickelodeon […]

Napa Valley readies for Bottlerock 2021 this Labor Day Weekend

Bottlerock Napa Valley is back!!! After a long two year wait, northern California’s Bottlerock Music, Food and Art Festival is returning to the Napa Valley Expo this upcoming Labor Day Weekend (September 3rd through 5th) and their lineup does not disappoint! Miley Cyrus is still playing (per last year’s canceled lineup), plus Megan The Stallion, […]

RBL Posse performs StreetLow Car Show at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

As I walked up to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, I noticed a line longer than I anticipated. The line was to get into the StreetLow Car Show & Concert. With performances by Thee Midniters, Colombiana J., La Nueva Tendencia, Troublez, Southbaycuz and many more, I don’t blame people wanting to get […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 16

Top Shelf Music News hosts Kristy Rose and Matt Cook bring to you the best of summer music news with only some slight alien transmission interruption by singer-songwriter and We Speak English Good podcaster Mike E.P. From fictional bands making real-life albums to virtual festivals in gibberish, don’t miss anything in the music industry by […]