An interview with Tony-Ray from Tribal Seeds

Tribal Seeds recently released their fourth full length album Representing, which debuted quite nicely at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. We sat down with keyboardist, producer, vocalist and one of the original founding members of Tribal Seeds, Tony-Ray, to talk about the new album, the band’s history, underwear, and their upcoming appearance at Colorado’s […]

Maxi Priest listening session party

On June 4th, Top Shelf Reggae checked out VP Records and the World Beat Center’s listening session for Maxi Priest, an international singer from the U.K. whose music resonates as old-school R&B, and Caribbean-style reggae music. VP Records gave people at a beach club called Winston’s in Ocean Beach, San Diego a chance to listen […]

Fortunate Youth’s Fall with Friends 2014 tour

Fortunate Youth just announced a slew of 2014 tour dates that will feature New Kingston, The Steppas, Ease Up and Ashes of Babylon. The hard hitting lineup will soon be joining forces later this August in a much anticipated US tour which will span across fifteen states beginning in Riverside, California at the Uplift Music […]

Thrive Summer Tour 2014

Formed in 2008 and based out of Santa Cruz, California, Thrive has been pumping out hit after hit since their very first full debut album titled Gratitude Attitude which released and rocked the scene in 2010. The relatively new group turned many heads and perked up many ears since with their debut album which reached […]

Interview with Marley D Williams of Rebelution

We had a chance to catch up with Marley D. Williams while he and Rebelution were gearing up for the 5th Annual California Roots Festival and their release of Count Me In, their latest studio album.  Not surprisingly, we had a really honest and humble conversation with one of the hardest working bass players in […]

The Green with The Movement: Belly Up Tavern

The Green, from Hawai’i, came to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California along with The Movement, a band from the East Coast. Both Hirie and The Movement were supporting The Green for a California Tour which started in Redway and ended near the San Diego coastal area. After just performing at the Cali’ […]

The Experience: 5th Annual California Roots Festival

Working three jobs around the clock in sunny San Diego, I had only one entity to look forward to between March and (presumably) September when I finally might have a day off: my three-day jam-packed press ticket to the glorious and all-wonderful Memorial Day weekend of the 5th Annual Cali Roots in Monterey, California. I […]

Stick Figure’s “Smokin’ Love” featuring Collie Buddz

June 3rd will mark an especially exciting day for most of you reading this. Some have been waiting eagerly for weeks on end since lead singer and musical guru behind Stick Figure, Scott Woodruff teased his social media followers late last year with a one minute snippet of the new single “Smokin’ Love” featuring the […]

When reggae met hip hop: a love story

During this past California Music and Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend, I had a moment to break away from the 5th annual madness to sit-in on Zion I’s exclusive press conference in the middle of Day 2. The meeting conveniently followed the group’s hour-long set on the main Bowl Stage – where thousands of […]

Indubious Summer Tour 2014

This summer, the “Intergalactic Rootstronica Revolutionaries” known as Indubious will be hitting the road and performing to a whole mess of West Coast heavy cities on their just announced Summer Tour. The 19 date run will kick off June 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah and scheduled to end August 16, 2014 in Forks, […]

Catch the legendary Luciano in San Diego, CA

For those who hold roots-reggae music close to their heart, the World Beat Cultural Center has an upcoming show featuring Luciano, “the Messenger” on Thursday, June 12th at their center in Balboa Park, San Diego! This is just one of many upcoming shows featured over the summer, including Pablo Moses and Yellowman happening in July! […]

“No Turning Back” single from Rasun

Armed with an arsenal of deep reggae tones fused with silky smooth R&B backdrops, the Bay Area, California artist Rasun will be releasing his highly anticipated single, “No Turning Back” from his second full length studio album Love Another Day. Set to drop June 3rd, 2014 and available now for pre-order on iTunes, Rasun’s blend […]

Introducing Iron Rhythm, side project of Clear Conscience

Reggae side projects are all the rage up and down the California coast, but Clear Conscience bassist Julian Nielsen has taken the idea of solo versatility to the next level. Early 2014, Nielsen started channeling his ideas in the recording studio, beginning to lay down an album under the name Iron Rhythm; the true significance […]

Hummingbird Hotel’s debut single has us hooked

Many a successful musical syndicate has been birthed from members of previously established groups by combining variable dynamics. Usually in such a diversifying process, an entirely new level of sophistication and sound is generated for already existing fans. A prime example is The Postal Service project from lead singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For […]

Dirty Heads 2014 tour with Pepper & Aer

Formed in 2003 out of Huntington Beach, CA, The Dirty Heads have been releasing chart topping tracks and albums for more than a decade. Their latest release which was announced early this year titled Sound of Change will feature a slurry of top-end producers like Supa Dups who worked with Drake and Eminem, Dave Bassett […]