What does ‘KAABOO’ stand for?

With August coming to a close, residents of San Diego are readying themselves for yet another temperate-weathered autumn: planning Labor Day get-togethers, hopping on boats and living the high life in true endless summer fashion. Football might be exciting for some, while others are happy to head back to school as pumpkin spice-flavored items wait […]

Stranger at San Diego’s Belly Up Tavern

Local favorites, Stranger, reunited for an epic night of roots, rock, blues and soul at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern on the night of July 31st, 2019. Multicultural and musically diverse, Stranger is a complex recipe of harmony, instruments and sound conducted to perfection. … Stranger is a complex recipe of harmony, instruments and sound […]

Iration in Sacramento

Wow! What a night, what an atmosphere, what a show. Iration jammed out in Sacramento. After two fantastic sets from Katastro and Through the Roots, Iration was soon to be on. It was a beautiful night in Sacramento, California and the vibe at Ace of Spades was all good, man. People were drinking, socializing, buying merchandise and having a good time. […]

Pepper invades Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records

A meet-and-greet is always an exemplary time with your favorite artists. Now, add in the insanity that comes with the territory of all three rowdy, ridiculous members of Pepper in an intimate setting, such as a mid-sized record store in Long Beach, and you’ve got quite an evening. Fingerprints Records, a beacon of light for […]

Indubious ‘Beleaf’ album review

Indubious — the energetic reggae-dub trio from Bend, Oregon — is dropping a brand new full-length album titled Beleaf. The 14-track album is set to be released August 16th and will surely not disappoint! Indubious stays true to their genre-bending, rootstronica dub sounds, while still keeping the album diverse and fresh with quality production, instrumental […]

Ziggy Marley at Pacific AMP

It was a real roots reggae night, as the sweet sounds of Jamaican legends Ras Michael, Toots and the Maytals and Ziggy Marley entertained ecstatic fans at Southern California’s Pacific Amphitheatre on July 19th, 2019. Ras Michael, born Michael George Henry, and his immensely talented band and beautiful backup singers captivated the audience. They infuse […]

Artist spotlight: Saltwater Slide

Saltwater Slide — a conscious reggae-rock band from San Antonio, Texas — has been working hard all year long to bring their listeners a new single every month. The original lineup formed in February 2016; it was November of 2018 when members Vincent Ashley, Alex Roca and Edson Martinez partnered with a local band Vibe […]

Jah Mex & The Translators in Laguna Beach

As the July crimson and amber summer sun dipped down behind the lush green hills of the Laguna Canyon skyline, the smooth, mellow sounds of Jah Mex and The Translators wafted ever so sweetly through the historic, eclectic and unique Sawdust Festival grounds in Laguna Beach, CA. Nestled back into the hills, amongst the whimsical […]

Rebelution at the OC Fair: Night Two

The warm summer sun and the sweet scent of fried foods enticed fans for Day Two to the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa on Saturday, July 13th, 2019. DJ Mackle, Iya Terra, Collie Buddz and Rebelution lit up the stage for the second night of rocking reggae. DJ Mackle spun mad reggae mixes, as […]

Slightly Stoopid’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation Tour: Chicago, IL

How have you been spending your summer vacation? If you haven’t yet seen Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and HIRIE on the How I spent My Summer Vacation Tour 2019, then you better snag up a ticket! The four bands were recently at Huntington Bank Pavillion in Chicago and the show was fire! HIRIE brings […]

Sublime with Rome ‘Blessings’ album review

Fans of reggae-rock group Sublime with Rome have something to celebrate in 2019 with the release of the groups new album Blessings. Sublime is a name that sparks fire in the heart of many music lovers. Sublime with Rome is not just content to ride the wave of past successes; the group’s new album Blessings […]

Dirty Heads ‘Super Moon’ album review

Dirty Heads have been known for their 10 plus-year career as a band who is not afraid to push boundaries within their music, never being defined by genre. Every album they have put out has a distinctly different sound. The new album, Super Moon, is the culmination of all of their previous albums, with some […]

Footsteps drops sizzling new video for “Take Time”

Reggae artist Footsteps returns with a flashy new video to accompany his latest single that sizzles like none other, especially when backed by the talents of UK artist Doktor. A dancehall-centric track, “Take Time” is about exactly that — taking your sweet time during the art of seduction. Footsteps’ video opens on exotic, scantily-clad women […]

Pepper pleases with ‘Local Motion’ album

What to say about those crazy Pepper boys… well, a lot more than before with their latest Local Motion album skyrocketing to #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. You heard us right, after 20+ years touring and making music, Pepper is back with their 8th full-length album that is so unforgiving, so mischievous, so manically-addictive […]

Xiuhtezcatl interviews at Cali Roots 10

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with hip hop-reggae socially-conscious artist Xiuhtezcatl at California Roots 10, following his morning performance. With an EP on the way, a summer tour and a book published (with props from mega-actor Leonardo DiCaprio), the young protégé shares what drives him forward, his thoughts on planet sustainability and […]