15 songs to countdown Cali Roots 2022

The countdown has officially begun! Who’s been listening to the Cali Roots playlist and getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey? I know I’ve been planning outfits, checking the lineup, looking at photos from years’ past, getting hyped about seeing everyone’s faces and doing it all while listening to the official California Roots playlist […]

Brendan Clemente captures COVID feels in “Later In June” single

It was only supposed to be for two weeks. They told us if we all stayed home, it would just go away. Stay home in March and — don’t worry — we’ll see you during the summer. That was over two years ago at this point and the COVID-19 pandemic has done as extraordinary of […]

KBong, Boostive & Vana Liya at Solana Beach’s Belly Up

On Thursday September 23rd, San Diego’s Belly Up Tavern hosted some of the best local southern California reggae and soul groups — KBong, Boostive and Vana Liya. The venue had a warm, intimate setting, filled with great vibes and fans excited to finally attend more fun-filled concerts. It was a pleasure to attend and see […]

TSM Artist #HotList: November 20th, 2021

Alexia Johnson for #TopShelfMusic here, with another TSM Artist #HotList! This week, we visit an island reggae artist originally from Guam (now based in Colorado), a Guyanese artist (famously known as “Lady LAW”) and two reggae rock groups from the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you for tuning in! (Please set your video settings to […]

How new ‘Castles’ album hoists The Elovaters sky-high

A month to the day after this Boston-based sextet dropped their third studio album titled Castles, I hit The Elovaters’ Nick Asta and Matty Link’s recents and chatted them up, regarding the many aspects that make Castles unique and, well, for lack of a better phrase, utterly addicting. From their multifaceted collaboration styles to their […]

KBong & special guests at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

“There’s a melody in the wind // I can hear it on the shore // Brings me closer to something that I’ve never felt before // Becoming a brighter day, now that we’re outside // Let’s follow the sound into the night,” as KBong’s “Good To Hear Music” goes. Walking the streets in downtown St. […]

Roaring Camp welcomes The Movement with Johnny Cosmic

On Thursday, July 15th, The Movement with Johnny Cosmic and friends brought the sounds of summer to the Santa Cruz Mountains at Felton’s Roaring Camp. It was the last weekend — meaning the last reggae show — of the summer series sponsored by Felton Music Hall and it did not disappoint. Smiles were on faces from […]

Brendan Clemente promotes “All Love” in new single

It’s time to embrace the weekend vibes — regardless of what day it is — with reggae/world newcomer Brendan Clemente’s mellow tune, “All Love”. Produced by Johnny Cosmic and released via Ineffable Records, the new single represents (in his own words) “one of the proudest moments” of his life, as well as an absolute fire […]

Nowell Family Foundation unveil ‘The House That Bradley Built’ compilation

On July 21st, the Nowell Family Foundation announced The House that Bradley Built — a compilation vinyl exclusive, featuring creative renditions of Sublime originals. The foundation paired up with LAW Records to produce the album and features an all star cast. The proceeds will benefit, Bradley’s House: a highly-anticipated, six-bed drug rehab and recovery center […]

Enhance early summer with KBong’s “Good To Hear Music” single, feat. Mihali

KBong, Stick Figure keyboardist turned solo artist, has recently released his new single “Good to Hear Music” featuring Mihali of Twiddle! The song features a lighthearted vibe and beachy tone. With such an upbeat timbre and relaxed lyrics, “Good To Hear Music” is sure to make it on your summertime playlist… it’s simply in the […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 1

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Top Shelf Music News, with your host Matt Cook & Kristy Rose guiding you on this daring quest. It being right after the holidays, a lot is going on in the music industry, from festival announcements to new music to hot gossip of the bands you love. This episode […]

The Movement’s Josh Swain talks new album, ‘Ways Of The World’

For those of you reading, completely unaware of who or maybe even what The Movement is, back in the day, some Columbia, South Carolina teenagers started up a band. They traveled and acquired more members, adding and changing up some bandmates, but ultimately settled on the current four-piece band we see today. The Movement was […]

Mihali teams with Nahko & Trevor Hall for new single

It is so easy to fall into the slums of the everyday terrors happening around the world. At times, you can feel as if there isn’t much of a solution for all of this mess. Lucky enough for us, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle is offering some good proverbs to help us get through these turmultuous […]

KBong ‘Easy To Love You’ album review & artist commentary

If you’ve ever been to a Stick Figure show, one of the main things that stands out (other than the dog onstage) is their energetic, always-smiling keyboard player. KBong’s stage presence truly makes Stick Figure shows come to life. He can usually be seen doing some kind of cool kick from the keys, jumping up […]