Sabotage Soundsystem’s ‘Sabo 2’ is finally here

There are few succeeding in the reggae rock business better than the Pepper boys. Fact. Touring and generating hits for over two decades, Pepper has cemented its name firmly in the industry, enough so that frontmen Kaleo Wassman and Bret Bollinger have had time to pursue their own side projects of late! Bret Bollinger & […]

Lucid Phase reveals video for “Roots Enterprise”, feat. Sensi Trails

Los Angeles-based band Lucid Phase has revealed their brand new music video for “Roots Enterprise”, a single featuring reggae rock bredren Sensi Trails! Strutting through a barren desert, boys of Lucid Phase begin this illustrative western-themed journey, pointing at a mysterious rotary telephone sitting idly on a stool. Obviously, they have to use it to […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Edjacated Phools “Tell Me” feat. DELA of Slightly Stoopid

Edjacated Phools of Baltimore, MD is definitely knowledgable in their craft. The reggae rock-meets-hip hop six-piece conglomerate teams with Slightly Stoopid‘s DELA on sax for this sweet end-of-summer anthem and we’re stoked to host the world premiere! Out everywhere tomorrow, “Tell Me” will complete your summer season in stoney, surf style. Starting with waves crashing […]

In memoriam of DJ Carlos Culture, a reggae legend

Before this massive escalation in American reggae, far ahead of the reggae festivals marking the calendar year, people grew up honoring the roots. Roots, rock, reggae — dub, ska, dancehall, lover’s rock, mento, rocksteady, raggamuffin. These genres are the infrastructure making up reggae as we know it. One person who knew it all too well […]

Stand for music by supporting the #SaveOurStages Act

In March of this year, COVID-19 hit. The novel Coronavirus spread quickly throughout the world and into our communities. Life immediately changed for virtually everyone as we tried to contain the virus, closing ‘non-essential businesses’ as a result. The industries most hit by the closures happened to be service, retail, travel and, you guessed it, […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 7

Welcome to the late summer edition of Top Shelf Music News, with your handsome hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose. Joining the dynamic music-reporting duo is O.G. of Slightly Stoopid, commenting on just how incredibly stoopid this year has become. With election coverage factoring in the mix by sheer accident, enjoy the latest music industry […]

Kyle Smith’s “Just Like Them” single exceeds expectations

If you happen to know who the f*ck Kyle Smith is, you would know that this man is always on the grind. Ex-drug addict turned clean, mean, music-making machine, Smith stands for productivity and drug awareness, pumping out reggae rock singles like nobody business in between self-promotion and, we’re guessing, possibly… sleep? It’s anyone’s guess […]

Wes Anderson recruits ¡MAYDAY! & Trey Miller in “Red Cup Dub”

Baltimore solo artist Wes Anderson has played for 20+ years — and sowed his musical oats in the reggae spectrum for over half of them! You might recognize Anderson as lead guitarist from Chicago-based band Shanghai Superstars or reggae rock band Fiction 20 Down or, most recently, Fiction 20 Down’s spin-off band, Big Infinite. Now […]

Project: Out of Bounds revamps in ‘P.O.B. vs Mister Midnight’ EP

Who’s ready for an all-new Project: Out of Bounds? For those in the American reggae scene, it would be a crime if you don’t know P.O.B. by now… These hardworking San Diego boys have been there from the birth of reggae rock’s popularity, particularly in southern California, with their first two albums in 2008 and […]

Johnny Love reveals “Sol Playa & Arena (Remix)” video

Johnny Love brings the Latin fuego in his “Sol Playa & Arena” remix music video! Cruising the streets of Miami with the top down, Johnny Love serenades from the front seat for the hunnies prancing along the beach. Set out for love and a little mischief on a perfect summer’s day is Johnny Love’s goal… […]

What guitar effects do you need to play reggae?

Over the half-century in which reggae has been popularized all over the world, the guitar has been a key instrument in its development and continued proliferation. More than any instrument, the guitar is what gives life to reggae’s trademark syncopation: that infectious emphasis on the downbeat, which gives true reggae music such a hypnotic pulse. […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Boostive “Grow Along” Live at the OB Template

Dubby, soulful, psychedelia band Boostive is back in action with a beautiful live video from the OB Template! The accommodating artist cafe in Ocean Beach, California is the perfect backdrop to a video, especially during this quarantine time! Boostive’s vibey new single “Grow Along” is emphasized with commanding horns, reggae beats and soft female vocals […]

Steven Malcolm x Shaggy ignites in “Fuego (Remix)”

Indie rapper turned major label artist Steven Malcolm has built a hefty following up over the years — boasting over 2.1 million Spotify streams for his last album alone! That’s right, Malcolm’s The Second City was so fuego, it garnered attention from all over the globe, most notably from GRAMMY-award winning reggae superstar Shaggy (who, […]

Kolohe Kai’s new love song “Catching Lightning” will leave you smitten

Adored island artist Kolohe Kai is back, announcing a new single “Catching Lightning”. Growing in popularity, particularly in Hawaii, Kolohe Kai’s fourth full-length album Summer To Winter garnered him ‘Album Of The Year’ at the 2019 Island Music Awards. Now, with much more to give, Kolohe Kai follows suit with a taste of his forthcoming […]

Roots of Creation revives classic in “Casey Jones” video

Reggae jam band Roots of Creation honors the 50th Anniversary of “Casey Jones”, one of the Grateful Dead’s greats, with the official release of the updated single’s music video. Their modern rendition was part of the band’s Grateful Dub: A Reggae-Infused Tribute To The Grateful Dead compilation — an album that climbed the charts straight […]