An exclusive interview with The Expanders

Out of Los Angeles, California comes The Expanders with their fully-inspired, Jamaican-style reggae music! The Expanders may not appear like your usual roots-reggae band; yet, this band has more roots from Jamaican-style music than we have seen or heard right now! With backup vocals setting the tone just right for a roots-reggae rendition, The Expanders […]

Arise Roots “Cool Me Down” music video featuring Hirie

Arise Roots, rising out of Los Angeles, Californa and known for their unique roots reggae sound just released an official music video for their single “Cool Me Down” featuring the beautiful rising reggae star Hirie. Arise Roots released their first full studio album February of 2013 titled Move Forward and has since shared the stage […]

“Cali Green Mix” by Mighty Mystic

VP Records, the geniuses behind the Dub Rockers Compilation released in August of 2013, just published an amazing mix to their SoundCloud featuring many hard hitting acts like John Brown's Body, J Boog, Mighty Mystic, SOJA, and the list seemingly goes on and on.  The mix spans nearly an hour and a half, so crank […]

Giant Panda watch

On January 17, 2014, Top Shelf Reggae got to visit Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at the Belly Up in San Diego, California. Yeah, there name is a mouthful, and so is their music! Mixing ska-reggae with psychedelic rock, this New York band from Rochester brought their East Coast accent to their West Coast tour. […]

New single “Right Time” from Kings & Comrades

Originally starting off as a two-man acoustic band, these Philly natives broadened their footprint, both in terms of the amount of band members, as well as national exposure in a very short time. The achingly beautiful vocals from Jeff McCaughey provides angelic tones Now seven members deep, and about a year since their last studio […]

“Loose Control” music video from The Simpkin Project

The Simpkin Project, accurately described as “a multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana” released their official music video for their track “Loose Control” from their latest single. The group is currently on tour with The Expanders and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad in their west coast “In Roots We Trust” tour. “We love reggae music […]

Winter West Coast 2014 Tour with Tribal Seeds

The award winning roots reggae rock artists took the stage Saturday night and performed in front of the sold out Catalyst Club in sunny Santa Cruz, California. The group is currently on their Winter West Coast 2014 tour sharing the stage with Through the Roots which are four cities into their nineteen city tour. The […]

Win tickets to upcoming Indubious tour with Black Uhuru

Indubious is a self-described “rootstronica” band from Oregon about to tour with Black Uhuru starting in early February and covering the Westside of the U.S. Known for their high-energy music and fun vibes, Indubious self-describes themselves as “intergalactic reggae revolutionaries” on their “About” section via their website. The keyboardist, Evan “Evton B,” and bassist, Spencer […]

Krooked Treez ‘Higher Place’ album review

Like what New Orleans is to jazz, or Seattle was to grunge, Southern California as of late has been the absolute hub of reggae rock.  With an abundance of artists originating from SoCal, it is undeniably difficult to break out as a band and differentiate yourself from the rest. Krooked Treez debut album Higher Place […]

Through the Roots light up the stage in Santa Cruz

Through the Roots, a relatively new group based out of the reggae rock hub San Diego hit the stage January 11, 2014 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz where we caught up with them setting the stage absolutely on fire. The sold out, standing room only venue was a perfect setting for their signature Cali […]

Seedless “Friends Unofficial Music Video”

Seedless, the five piece reggae rock band from Orange County just dropped their beautifully produced video for their track “Friends” featuring Andy Chaves of Katastro. Seedless is on schedule to perform with The Expendables and Stick Figure on the 2014 Winter Blackout Tour starting at the end of January.

Micah Brown’s cover of Neil Young’s “Old Man”

The always awesome Micah Brown never ceases to amaze us with his brilliant guitar playing, mesmerizing voice and impressive beard. This time around, Micah is in the studio collaborating with Nasambu and performing a flawless rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man.” Having quite a 2013 touring with Iration and releasing a new vinyl only release, […]

California Roots final round of artist annoucements

2014 is starting off to be a very good year indeed.  With only two weeks into the new year, the fine folks over at California Roots announced the third and final round of artists to perform at the 2014 reggae rock event of the year.  With the first and second round of announcements, the annual […]

Legendary Don Carlos lights the stage on fire in California

Despite feeling very much under the weather, legendary reggae artist Don Carlos lit the stage on fire in Berkeley, California with his signature smooth dance moves paired with feel good lyrics.  The immense energy from Don Carlos is very much unmistaken and totally apparent in the quaint venue nestled in Berkeley where the floor was […]

Exclusive interview with CRSB

Top Shelf Reggae had the opportunity to speak with the tremendously talented San Francisco Bay Area natives Sonny B. and Chris Ramos at the New Parish in Oakland, CA. Together as blood cousins and best friends, they have formed a very successful group and labeling themselves as CRSB, which has recently been touring up and […]