WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Dillinger’s Hired Guns “Timesloth”

HIRIE guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Blaine Dillinger is about to release yet another single on his own, under his highly-acclaimed collaborative moniker Dillinger’s Hired Guns. Top Shelf Music is proud to host the world premiere of “Timesloth” — a twisting instrumental journey through time and space. Incorporating reggae rhythms (and reggae friends) throughout the narrative, Dillinger […]

A talk with DJ Kilmore of Incubus

Chris Kilmore, better known as DJ Kilmore, has been a fixture to California-based rock band Incubus as their turn-tablist for more than 20 years. I had the chance to virtually chat with Kilmore about his earlier life deejaying, starting out with Incubus and the social justice work Incubus has done throughout the course of the […]

Life is Beautiful 2021 sells out in minutes

In the words of Michael Scott — “Okay, now everybody, just STAY CALM!” We’ve waited, watched postponements and cancellations consume the world… but, now live music is finally back, baby! Life is Beautiful Festival announced their completely stacked lineup as the first major LIVE music festival thus far in 2021. Appropriately tagging their announcement with […]

Cydeways releases political “We Won’t Run” single, feat. Pepper

“Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue.” I kept thinking back to that quote by James Baldwin a lot over the course […]

By George launches forthcoming concept album with “Relax”

As a part of their new upcoming concept album, The Life Of Guy, North Carolina experimental indie-rock four-piece By George unveils “Relax”: the first trippy, psychedelic entry into the story of Guy, a man tasked with finding balance between comparable issues and the ever-elusive quest for purpose and identity. It’s a struggle that seems all […]

Roots of Creation team with Twiddle’s Mihali in “Arabia”

Billboard-topping reggae sensations Roots of Creation have teamed up with Mihali (of Twiddle) to release “Arabia”, the band’s first instrumental original track in years! The new song is the first single off of the band’s upcoming album Dub Free or Die Vol #1, due out April 30th. Originally intended for RoC’s 2006 album Rise Up, […]

All star conglomerate The Gama Sennin debuts with “I Kill You”

The destruction of the ego can be a daunting task. It has the power to result in a mystical, transcendent experience that has monumental benefits… or, it can be a terrifying, seamlessly never-ending fever dream. A life-altering event that holds that much pure and raw energy can only be matched by Los Angeles-based rock supergroup […]

Kolohe Kai shares “Feel The Sunshine” single, feat. HIRIE

Two island reggae powerhouses collide in this enchantingly warming single — just in time for an early Spring! Rising superstar Kolohe Kai has teamed with Hawaiian reggae chanteuse HIRIE in “Feel The Sunshine”, an ode to homecoming. The sky is the limit for these two and, together, they are simply unstoppable. As lone entities, Kolohe […]

SoCal’s Safety Orange says “We Can Live Like This”

Southern California surf buddies Sol Turpin, Greg Karlo and Jessie “Tato” Tate — collectively known as Safety Orange — have just dropped their newest original single “We Can Live Like This”, with all the vibes needed to help you embrace summer. Hitting the shores with a beach-friendly blend of rock, reggae, rap, punk, ska and […]

Mellow Mood resurfaces with “Laser Sight”

Italian reggae masters Mellow Mood have returned with the perfect modern jam to ease you into warmer weather. “Laser Sight” — available across all streaming platforms now — fires off its message with strength from the very beginning. It is a song reminding us to always keep our focus forward and make sure to never […]

E.N Young breathes new life into Half Pint hit with “No Complaint”

Pretend you just got off work, because it’s time to get comfortable and light one up! Producer, singer-songwriter and roots reggae leader E.N Young is here to help you fill the room with ganja smoke with his latest single “No Complaint”. His roots-inspired, dubbed-up take on a classic Half Pint tune from the early 80s […]

Kid Hastings shines in indie pop “Backwards” single & new video

If his hiatus-ending single “Call Me Up” didn’t catch your attention, Kid Hastings is sure to draw you in with his newest indie-pop anthem, “Backwards”, released on February 24th. Entirely written, performed and self-produced in his own bedroom, this latest track is the first release from the LA-based singer-songwriter’s upcoming EP via Ourros. “’Backwards’ is […]

Lua Flora unveils “Top of the World”, feat. Sons of Paradise

North Carolina bands collide, as folk-reggae Lua Flora combines their talents with equally notable dub reggae band Sons of Paradise in the new single “Top of the World”. Recorded at Bassment Lab Studio in Raleigh and produced by Matt McClanahan (of Sons of Paradise), “Top of the World” is an encouraging ego-check when you “think […]

Festivals return to AZ with ¡Viva Iriezona! 2021

It’s been a long, long year without music festivals. We’re all feeling so repressed. Sure, drive-in concerts have held (some of) us over through the global pandemic, yet nothing compares to the mass gathering of a music festival… being in a totally free environment with likeminded people, vibing simultaneously to epic one-of-a-kind performances for days […]

J.Lately drops “Out The Window”, feat. GAVLYN

Hip hop emcee J.Lately returns with a fresh take on living easy in “Out The Window”, the fourth and final single release ahead of his forthcoming Winnebago album set for March 12th. With the help from Los Angeles-based rapper GAVLYN, NorCal meets SoCal in this seamless track, like you’re cruising the grapevine on a sunny […]