10th Annual Reggae on the Mountain Fest heading to Malibu

This year there has been a few 10 year anniversaries for reggae festivals, starting with the 10th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, the MayJah RayJah Festival in Hawaii and coming up this weekend on August 17th and 18th, Reggae on the Mountain will be celebrating it’s 10th year! This is great […]

Irvine welcomes Iration’s Live From Paradise Tour

Five Points Amphitheater was on fire as the Live From Paradise Tour arrived in Irvine, CA. Bringing a festival-caliber lineup of Katastro, Fortunate Youth, Pepper and headliners Iration to Orange County, fans packed the venue for a fun-filled evening with friends and their favorite bands. Katastro took to the stage first, pumping people up and […]

Artist spotlight: Saltwater Slide

Saltwater Slide — a conscious reggae-rock band from San Antonio, Texas — has been working hard all year long to bring their listeners a new single every month. The original lineup formed in February 2016; it was November of 2018 when members Vincent Ashley, Alex Roca and Edson Martinez partnered with a local band Vibe […]

Rebelution at the OC Fair: Night Two

The warm summer sun and the sweet scent of fried foods enticed fans for Day Two to the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa on Saturday, July 13th, 2019. DJ Mackle, Iya Terra, Collie Buddz and Rebelution lit up the stage for the second night of rocking reggae. DJ Mackle spun mad reggae mixes, as […]

B-Side Players at San Diego’s Belly Up Tavern

Celebrating 25 years, San Diego natives B-Side Players hosted a sold out dance party at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. Cumbia Machin, a single entity to what sounds like a 10-piece band, kicked the night off with electronic dub-style cumbia music that quickly got people movin’. Using original samples, loops, sequences and live […]

Slightly Stoopid’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation Tour: Chicago, IL

How have you been spending your summer vacation? If you haven’t yet seen Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and HIRIE on the How I spent My Summer Vacation Tour 2019, then you better snag up a ticket! The four bands were recently at Huntington Bank Pavillion in Chicago and the show was fire! HIRIE brings […]

Sublime with Rome ‘Blessings’ album review

Fans of reggae-rock group Sublime with Rome have something to celebrate in 2019 with the release of the groups new album Blessings. Sublime is a name that sparks fire in the heart of many music lovers. Sublime with Rome is not just content to ride the wave of past successes; the group’s new album Blessings […]

Dry Diggings returns to NorCal for Year 5

From the producers of California Roots Music & Arts Festival, Dry Diggings returns to El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, CA for its 5th year with an expanded three-day lineup! Dry Diggings features an impressive rundown, including Slightly Stoopid, Steel Pulse, Fortunate Youth, HIRIE, Josh Heinrichs, The Green, Trevor Hall, Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Josh Heinrichs, […]

Footsteps drops sizzling new video for “Take Time”

Reggae artist Footsteps returns with a flashy new video to accompany his latest single that sizzles like none other, especially when backed by the talents of UK artist Doktor. A dancehall-centric track, “Take Time” is about exactly that — taking your sweet time during the art of seduction. Footsteps’ video opens on exotic, scantily-clad women […]

Pepper pleases with ‘Local Motion’ album

What to say about those crazy Pepper boys… well, a lot more than before with their latest Local Motion album skyrocketing to #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. You heard us right, after 20+ years touring and making music, Pepper is back with their 8th full-length album that is so unforgiving, so mischievous, so manically-addictive […]

Xiuhtezcatl interviews at Cali Roots 10

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with hip hop-reggae socially-conscious artist Xiuhtezcatl at California Roots 10, following his morning performance. With an EP on the way, a summer tour and a book published (with props from mega-actor Leonardo DiCaprio), the young protégé shares what drives him forward, his thoughts on planet sustainability and […]

Chilling On The Illinois Fest coming to Cave Junction, Oregon

The essence of summertime is encapsulated in various ways. Family barbecues. Beach excursions. Exploring the great outdoors. What would the season be without bringing people together, out of their previously hibernated states into the world around them? Leave your gadgets at home; it’s summertime and the livin’s easy. Two archetypes of summertime combine into one […]

Hawaii’s Mayjah Rayjah Music Festival to celebrate 10 years

Anyone who is fortunate enough to live on the Hawaiian islands, or be heading there this summer, could be in for a treat if they are able to hit The Mayjah Rayjah Music Festival [TMR] on any one of four different islands! The TMR first event is a two-day festival held in Honolulu on July […]

Locos por Juana ‘Crazy for Jane’ album review

This year Locos por Juana has added to their already prolific list of studio offerings with a new album entitled Crazy for Jane, which features some of their best works to date. The album is overwhelming in not only the striking beauty of the music, but also in its wealth of diverse compositions. Crazy for […]

Rebelution at the OC Fair: Night One

Rebelution’s Good Vibes Summer tour, with special guests Collie Buddz and Iya Terra, made the first of its two-night stop at Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Friday, July 12th, 2019.  Rebelution came to the stage and the packed crowd lit up, dancing and smiling to every song Starting the night off, openers Iya Terra […]