#BlackLivesMatter playlist on Top Shelf Spotify

Contentious clashes between police and protestors have intensified over the past weekend, as people of all colors and creeds speak out on the inhumane and incorrigible death of George Floyd. Following Floyd’s death, there has been a litany of marches around the United States — all justified, most ending in violence. Some police officers join […]

NwRootz podcast welcomes Top Shelf Editor-in-Chief Kristy Rose

Nwrootz, a podcast out of the Pacific Northwest, welcomes Top Shelf Music Editor-in-Chief Kristy Rose to the microphone for their 12th episode! Chatting about the history of the brand all the way to personal music preferences, hosts Kris and Joanna get to know our commanding Editor through this enlightening podcast. “…get to know our commanding […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: SunDub “Mt. Zion Dub (Victor Rice Remix)”

SunDub, the dub-heavy reggae collective out of Brooklyn, returns with a “Mt. Zion” remix by none other than Victor Rice! The original track is off of the band’s Burden of Love album that dropped back in June last year, yet is resurfacing now after pairing with legendary dub producer Victor Rice (Easy Star All Star’s […]

One Earth Live virtual festival unifies globe this Memorial Day Weekend

A virtual lineup of world musicians, instructors and speakers has been announced for a truly one-of-a-kind, unifying event happening this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend entitled One Earth Live. This virtual rendezvous promotes positivity in a world so needing it taking place online only via their streaming partner PORTL on May 23rd and 24th, 2020. This […]

Sensi Trails release “Purpose” single, feat. Nick Sefakis

Southern California band Sensi Trails, a notable name on-the-rise, has unveiled a smashing new single as of today entitled “Purpose”, featuring Nick Sefakis. Sefakis, lead guitarist of renowned reggae rock band Iya Terra, not only lends a hand in the single (well, two, literally… with his guitar), but also guest spots on a vocal verse! […]

Ocean Alley astounds in “Hot Chicken” single & video

Australia’s surf rock band Ocean Alley is back in action with the lead single “Hot Chicken” now available on all digital outlets off their forthcoming Lonely Diamond LP. The third full-length follows the band’s 2018 Chiaroscuro album — one that took them straight to the top! Gaining a following playing small gigs around Sydney’s Northern […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Braden Lee Waiters “Think About It”

There are not many people who are as dedicated to keeping roots blues music alive as Braden Lee Waiters. Waiters is a young blues artist who is releasing his debut single titled “Think About It” tomorrow on all digital outlets and Top Shelf Music has the pleasure to showcase its exclusive premiere! Originally from Tooele […]

The Dirtnaps drop eerie “Shadow” single

Rising hip hop-reggae artist The Dirtnaps out of Detroit is taking the quarantine scare up a notch in the latest single “Shadow”. The name might be plural, but The Dirtnaps is actually the brainchild of one-man-band Richard Ensley — writing, performing and producing it all on his own! After signing to Eyecon America, Ensley has […]

Iration teams with Rebelution, Stick Figure in single “Right Here Right Now”

Iration has long since cemented their reign in the reggae rock scene, with six full-length albums, countless singles, a multitude of music videos and tours around the world since their formation over 15 years ago. It’s pointless to argue anything but Iration is king. Other supreme beings in the reggae rock realm include that of […]

A brief Reggae Rock history

To date, reggae has had an underrated rap. Out of all categories the Recording Academy credits for their annual GRAMMY Awards, Reggae only gets one slot – which is simply a travesty! Anyone who follows the genre knows that a myriad of subgenres exist that have fractured the larger Reggae umbrella over the years – […]

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 […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Operation Culture “Go Far”

Brothers Javier and Daniel Rodriguez have always had a musical knack. Teaming together to form a duo under the name Operation Culture, the two have released a handful of reggae singles to initial acclaim. Following their latest “Way It Goes” single comes this world track premiere for “Go Far”, a lighthearted love story so needed […]

How Cali Roots wins Earth Day, every day

Memorial Day Weekend simply will not be the same this year in Monterey. For the past decade, one festival has grown to be synonymous with the three-day weekend at the Monterey Fairgrounds, the same setting of the historic Monterey Pop Festival — you know, where Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire in between Janis, […]

Etana serenades in soothing “Truly” single

Jamaican songstress and ‘Best Reggae Album’ GRAMMY nominee Etana has released the first single, “Truly”, from her forthcoming album G.E.M.I.N.I. originally set to be released in staggers throughout May although new dates for release are pending due to COVID-19. Being in a constant state of the panic and confusion amidst this global quarantine, it’s refreshing […]