Steel Panther warms up for upcoming world tour in San Luis Obispo

Steel Panther, a comedic glam metal band from Los Angeles has been bringing us their hilarious take on profane stereotypical rocker lifestyle since the early 2000s under a variety of band names including “Metal Shop,” “Metal Skool” and then finally “Steel Panther.” The band’s Sunset Strip days consisted of a slightly different line up than […]

Best mainstream live performance of 2022!

2022 ushered in what many considered the first full year of music without restriction since the pandemic began. This year, the photojournalists and writers of Top Shelf Music have had the privilege of covering some pretty amazing shows! In true end of year fashion we have compiled a list of some of our favorite live […]

2003 is coming to 2023 thanks to DCFC’s tour announcement

The kings of indie rock Death Cab for Cutie are back again for another tour in 2023, but this one is different.. this is HUGE! Co-headlining the tour is Death Cab’s frontman Ben Gibbard’s long lost project The Postal Service. Thats’s right, for the first time in a decade, Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis will […]

Wonderfront Fest 2022: Day 1

November 18, 2022, on the shores of the city of San Diego, thousands gathered for the epic return of Wonderfront Festival.  Even though it is only this festival’s second ever installment (after a two-year hiatus) Wonderfront made its mark on America’s finest city leaving us with anticipation for this day. If you came to town […]

We were up ‘Til Dawn’ with The Weeknd

On Saturday, November 26th, fans of The Weeknd gave thanks for the artist, his music, and his current nationwide run of the After Hours Til Dawn tour named after his most recently debuted studio album. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, better known by his stage name, The Weeknd cast a magic spell over attendees at Sofi Stadium. […]

Weird Al dares to be stupid in Paso Robles, California

On September 15th, Vina Robles Amphitheater was blessed to host comedic singer songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic. This was my first time seeing him, but I heard he put on a great performance! By the time he went onstage, the Paso Robles arena was packed full of fans who were eager to see him perform — […]

Heaven 17 returns to Santa Ana, CA

Brothers, Sisters, We Need This Heaven 17 thing! 40 years. Yes, I waited 40 years for Heaven 17 to tour America! I had tickets twice previously to see them, only to be sorely disappointed with cancellations. Once they cancelled due to visa issues and once due to COVID. Thanks, COVID! So, when I saw this […]

Traveling ‘Wheel of Fortune’ tour hits Tysons, VA

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood watching Wheel of Fortune with my grandfather. I loved sitting in his chair and trying to guess along with him. It was really wonderful for me to be able to go to a live event for that very same show! It was an awesome way to start […]

UK sensation Conor Maynard performs live in Los Angeles

Built in 1936 and in the Miracle Mile of Los Angeles stands the historic El Rey Theatre. There, on September 10th, you would have found fans lined up under a colorful illuminated marquee, patiently waiting to enter to the venue for the Continued 2022 World Tour. The tour is a double-feature consisting of R&B, soul, […]

Duran Duran’s Future Past Tour hits Hollywood for three nights

It was a soggy southern California summer evening after a weeks-long record-breaking heatwave as Hurricane Kay swept across the southland. The usual Friday night traffic, made worse by the rains, made for a two-hour and 45-minute trek to the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for my teen heartthrobs, Duran Duran. As I crept my […]

Twenty One Pilots makes it snow in St. Louis

Live music is absolutely incredible, isn’t it? There is something genuinely remarkable about the way a packed house can produce an energy that transfers from person to person so fluidly. It is unlike almost anything else in this world. It finds ways to bring humans together in a way that — next to probably only […]

Lady Gaga delivers stunning performance to San Francisco

It was a spectacular show in Oracle Park on Thursday night! Lady Gaga’s anticipated tour lit up San Francisco with her dazzling outfits, amazing vocals, interesting visuals and huge cannons shooting out fire! Let’s recap the night, shall we? Every night in San Francisco is beautiful, but this night was particularly special. Thousands of fans […]

Foo Fighters stage six-hour Taylor Hawkins tribute in London

Foo Fighters delivered perhaps the most epic musical tribute of all time on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 in London’s Wembley Stadium: a six-hour concert dedicated to the memory of drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died suddenly a few months ago as the Foos were starting a massive world tour. Members of rock-and roll-elites like Led Zeppelin, […]

Pitbull’s electric stage energy sells out St. Louis

Pitbull brought the party to a sold-out crowd at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri. Joined by Iggy Azalea on the Can’t Stop Us Now Tour, the two pop sensations showed that they know how to put on a show. It was a surprisingly young audience packed onto the lawn of the amphitheater as […]