WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Inna Vision “The Dollar”

Island reggae rapper Inna Vision is back at it again, with his unending hustler mentality embedded throughout his new video for “The Dollar” off his latest Link Up album. IV is no stranger to the game, the desperation one faces when trying to make ends meet. “The Dollar” lists all the ways to make one, […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Piper Street Sound “Rid Them”

Atlanta producer prodigy Piper Street Sound, aka the one-man talents of Matt Mansfield, brings more infectious dub reggae to the public with his forthcoming EP release, Small Plate / Rid Them. Two tracks, each done three ways, Piper Street Sound lays the dub track beautifully in both instances, with friends like Addis Pablo (Augustus Pablo’s […]

Steel Pulse at Santa Maria’s Presqu’ile Winery

On February 8th, Santa Maria was blessed to host reggae legends Steel Pulse and local favorites Resination at Presqu’ile Winery. Resination is a five-piece reggae band consisting of Vance Fahie (lead singer), Thomas Cuffe (keyboardist), Timmy Cordero (drummer), Patrick Pearson (lead guitarist) and Michael Jimenez (bassist). They started off the evening, with their authentic and […]

The full One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2020 experience

The One Love Cali Reggae Fest vibe was strong this year, as thrilled festival-goers packed the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach to experience yet another three-day ear-gasm of their favorite roots, rock, reggae and punky ska bands presented by Goldenvoice. While the sun shone brightly for most of the weekend, in true One […]

SMKFLWR presents a HIRIE & friends fashion show

SMKFLWR, a surf-inspired California clothing and lifestyle brand with a habit of giving back, has grown to be a staple name at reggae rock festivals around the nation. Naturally, teaming up with a well-known reggae rock band like HIRIE to do a limited edition clothing line would be a profitable endeavor! With HIRIE’s fashion-forward persona […]

KBong starts tour in San Luis Obispo with Sensi Trails

On February 5th, KBong and Sensi Trails took over SLO Brew Rock for the first night of their tour. Sensi Trails started off the night with their surf reggae vibes mixed with a little rock and roll. Singer Kyle Rising and bassist Kaya Hall drew in the crowd with their high energy stage presence and […]

Experiencing Boomshaka 2020

On January 18th, the Boomshaka Music Festival returned to the iconic Pechanga Arena in San Diego after taking a one-year hiatus. The festival was headlined by Iration this time around and hosted by reggae’s sweetheart, Miss HIRIE. Other acts on the bill were Cypress Hill, The Green, Don Carlos, The Movement, KBong, Sensi Trails, while […]

The Green brings 10 Year Anniversary tour to NorCal

On January 31st, Hawaii natives The Green performed at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, California to the delight of their greater Sacramento fans. The anticipation leading up to this tour was unreal, as The Green announced that their 2020 spring tour marks a 10 year anniversary of their self-titled first album, along with […]

Levitate Festival unleashes 2020 lineup

Aw…summertime at Cape Cod. What a serene experience, surrounded by bogs and marshland in every direction. The Northeast is a beautiful place, especially when the sun shines. Coupling with the warm weather are several outdoor music fests (naturally). It’s about time Massachusetts locals got to party outside. Every year, west coast residents get major FOMO […]

The Green brings the aloha to San Luis Obispo

What a great way to kick off The Green’s 10 Year Anniversary tour! The Green has been together since 2009, coming all the way from O’ahu, Hawaii to make their first celebratory stop here in my hometown at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo — which is like my home away from home — […]

Christos DC ‘Self Evident’ album review

Rhythmic components and an intense, soulful sound emanate from the newly released 10-track album from American musician and producer Christos DC. Titled Self Evident, this album uses unparalleled beats and riffs throughout it to keep the listener engaged and attentive. This is the fifth studio release from this artist — two years in the making. […]

Julian Marley interviews days ahead of 62nd GRAMMYs

GRAMMY-nominated reggae legend Julian Marley sits down with Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose, days ahead of the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles. Up for ‘Best Reggae Album’ for his fourth full-length album As I Am, Julian Marley shares his feelings on his first nomination from the Academy, what’s to come for 2020, how […]

Iya Terra’s Nick Sefakis debuts ‘Foundation’ solo album

Excellent news from Nick Sefakis, roots-reggae musician of the sizzling band, Iya Terra. Known for his superb guitar skills and fabulous vocals, Sefakis is excited to announce the release of his very own, self-produced full-length album he’s been working on for the last two years! At first listen, Sefakis’ musical talent shines through on Foundation, […]

Sublime With Rome hits TopGolf Las Vegas

Fans of all generations gathered together in fellowship to celebrate and venerate the music of Sublime, carried out by Sublime With Rome on January 8th at TopGolf in Las Vegas. Some wore tie-dye and flowers in their hair, many opted for a 90s grunge style, while others donned the iconic ‘Sublime sun’ on their apparel […]

BeachLife returns to Redondo May 2020

Year Two of festivals usually capitalize on where the inaugural year went right and work out the few kinks Year One went disastrously wrong. It’s a learning curve that could make or break a fest, considering music festivals are a dime a dozen these days. Some festivals, however, know how to do it right from […]