Meet surf rock reggae sensation Mr. Kowalsky

Costa Rican born, Paris resident Mr. Kowalsky has catapulted onto the reggae ska scene of late, with the release of his fourth full-length Everything Nice! back in early December 2020. Since, the genre-bending musician has been promoting this solid piece of ska perfection — taking a full four years to make! Bouncing around the world, […]

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 […]

Audic Empire drops “Johnny Rotten” ska single & video

Ska-reggae-punkers Audic Empire return with new single “Johnny Rotten” and accompanying music video! A formidable creature, Johnny Rotten is (apparently) a “son-of-a-bitch”, from the wrong neighborhood, with the wrong attitude after waking up on the wrong side of the bed. “With a handlebar mustache and some bad tattoos”, Rotten will steal your girl and flip […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Micah Shalom “Baltimore Ska”

Micah Shalom premieres his “Baltimore Ska” single today on Top Shelf Music before it hits digital outlets on December 4th! Following his praised 2019 “Peace Rights Love” release, Texas-based trumpeter Shalom joins a talented band of Austin musicians in this special instrumental track dedicated to his grandmother Charlotte Simka. An old-school instrumental ska single for […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Alan Moe Monsarrat “Perfect Friends”

As a renowned roots reggae musician of over 50 years, Alan Moe Monsarrat (of The Lotions, I-Tex, Mau Mau Chaplains) has finally released his own solo debut album! The 20-track LP, Agriculture, comes off of the Music4Life label and is packed with themes of thankfulness and cognizance for a better world. That said, Moe also […]

Long Beach Records LATAM launches state-of-the-art website

The punk rock label you know and love out of Long Beach has branched once again into uncharted territory of late — Latin America! After initiating Long Beach Records as a do-it-yourself, no contracts, no BS label in 1998, founders Michael “Miguel” Happoldt (producer of Sublime, et. Al.) and Greg “Mudd” Lowther (of Perro Bravo) […]

TSM Artist #HotList: September 29th, 2020

Welcome to Top Shelf Music Artist #HotList: Episode 12, with your host Alexia Johnson! Artists featured: Total Hip Replacement — “Lost In Thought” For a funky, light and breezy sound, we bring you Total Hip Replacement! If you are a fan of The Skints, this is a new band to check out. Total Hip Replacement […]

P-Funk North salutes stoners in “All My Heroes Are Potheads” video

P-Funk North returns with asinine antics and major munchies in their new music video for “All My Heroes Are Potheads”, a musical tribute to champions of marijuana intake and industry. In true ska form, P-Funk North’s tongue-in-cheek revelry for all things stoney bologna come to life, saluting Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley and more […]

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 […]

Audic Empire demands attention in ‘Head Change’ album

Audic Empire of Austin, Texas takes no names. Instead, this reggae rock band open fires on all topics in their latest Head Change album, now available on all streaming outlets via Reggae 360 and Blue Avenue Music Group. Matching the music’s metal-infused demeanor is the album’s producer Howi Spangler, frontman of similar zero-fucks-given reggae rock […]

Victor Rice’s ‘Drink’ is satiating

An influential force in reggae, ska and dub music, both onstage and in-studio, Victor Rice has maintained a career that has made him a respected figure around the world. Raised in Huntington, New York and now calling São Paulo his home, Rice has been a highly-regarded contributor to legendary bands, such as The Slackers, Easy […]

Long Beach Dub Allstars are back & better than ever

It has been just over two decades since Wilson and Gaugh founded the Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDA), joined by frequent Sublime contributors Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, Todd Forman and “Field” Marshall Goodman. The SoCal group first came together in the late 90s after the tragic overdose of Sublime’s lead singer, Bradley Nowell, continuing on the […]