Chester Bennington lives on in Grey Daze’s “Soul Song” video

The iconic career of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is far from complete, albeit postmortem. Nearly three years after the nu metal singer-songwriter met his untimely death, Bennington resurrects with a full-length album from his early 90s rock ensemble Grey Daze entitled Amends, out June 26th via Loma Vista Recordings. Bennington decided to reunite with […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 5

Top Shelf Music News is back with Episode 5, or should we say, Quarantine Edition #2: Electric Boogaloo. Host Matt Cook streams from his living room while Kristy Rose… well, she’s somewhere the COVID can’t reach. With no live concerts or fests going on until further notice, the two comment on new music releases, current […]

String Cheese Incident & friends cover “Crisis” for COVID first responders

The String Cheese Incident has recently teamed with other renowned bluegrass and jam band players to produce a colorful cover of Bob Marley’s “Crisis” while stuck at home maintaining social distance. Considering the subject matter so applicable, SCI lead singer Michael Kang hopes this reassures COVID-19 first responders, proffering gratitude for their dedicated and continued […]

TSM Artist #HotList: May 11th, 2020

Welcome to another episode of the Top Shelf Music Artist #HotList, with your host Alexia Johnson — May 11th, 2020 Edition. Follow Alexia as she outlines hot new music from up-and-coming bands! This week, our lineup features Delanlia with her hot new single, “The Philosopher”. Also on the list is a new track by Lucid […]

Zuggu Dan drops “Bush Master” music video

Zuggu Dan of Irie Yutes Records has dropped a brand new music video for his single “Bush Master”! Produced by none other than Phillip McFarlane, keyboardist of Earthkry and owner of Irie Yutes Records, the dubby roots reggae track is another classic ode to marijuana… like we can have too many! Now, you may have seen […]

Beeb$ spreads the love in “Wake Up” video

Pop-reggae solo artist Beeb$ is back just when we need her the most with a new video for “Wake Up”, featuring the talents of NIKO IS. The trancey chanteuse is known for spreading a little sunshine wherever she goes and with this prolonged quarantine, that’s exactly what we need. The single, previously released in 2019, […]

Graham Nancarrow and The Goddamn Saints debuts with “You’re The Reason I Drink” video

Graham Nancarrow and The Goddamn Saints has a debut single dropping on May 1st that you do not want to miss! The southern California country music ensemble (superseding Graham’s original project ‘Nancarrow’) has graced major festival stages, like Stagecoach and KAABOO Del Mar, and garnered three nominations and one win at the San Diego Music […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Jonathan Emile “Keep On Fighting”

Cancer surviving Jamaican-Canadian rapper, poet, singer and activist, Jonathan Emile has released his latest video for the single “Keep On Fighting” off his new album, Spaces In Between. The video, also being released in French entitled “Solidarite”, is relevant and true to the times — and Top Shelf is so proud to host its world […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Mutual Groove “Funky Butternut”

Let’s face it, this COVID-19 lockdown is getting to people. Monetary circumstances aside, the prolonged forced isolation is resulting in high numbers of depression and anxiety worldwide. Answering the call aren’t politicians or doctors — it’s funk group Mutual Groove out of Nashville! Mutual Groove, former touring members for hip hop artist Stealing Oceans and […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 4

Your Top Shelf Music News hosts Matt Cook and Kristy Rose are back for Episode 4… although their sanity is questionable, at best. Under the current COVID-19 circumstances, the music industry has all but ground to a halt, yet these two dedicated news reporters aren’t giving up, assembling what few bits and pieces of music […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ras Fraser Jr. “Nuh Weh Like Yawd”

Jamaican artist Ras Fraser Jr. couples up his latest single “Nuh Weh Like Yawd” with a brand new music video — both out this week! The infectiously danceable track brightens any day (a much needed break from these trying times), transporting the listener to a party far, far away from reality. How far, you ask? […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Wisdom and Sound “No Negative Vibes”

Reggae music has always been rooted in delivering vital messages of moral principle, preservation and sociopolitical advocacy. These are the ideologies that invigorate the music of Wisdom and Sound, the work of Andrew Mencher, best described as conscious reggae of the modern era. Fusing together the sounds of reggae, hip hop and rock, Mencher’s latest […]

Getting baked with Vana Liya

Learn how to make snickerdoodle cookies quarantine-style, as Top Shelf Music journalist Alexia Johnson interviews rising star Vana Liya! The reggae rock queen signed to LAW Records chats about upcoming works, plans and life in general over some sweet home cooking. Vana Liya links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

TSM Artist #HotList: April 5th, 2020

Top Shelf Music Artist #HotList with your host Alexia Johnson, April 5th 2020 Edition. Follow Alexia as she outlines hot new music from up-and-coming bands! This week our lineup features “Waves” by AVA, “Michigan Winter” by Sunday Morning, “No Negative Vibes” by Wisdom and Sound ft. Blaine Dillinger (of HIRIE) and “Rock With You” by […]

TSM #HotList: March 29th, 2020

We’re proud to present Top Shelf Music Artist #Hotlist with your host Alexia Johnson, March 29th Edition! This time, our lineup features Blarre Bianchi & Iam Christarz, DJ Greenguy and Reime Schemes, Fantan Mojah and Rome (of Sublime With Rome) with Duddy B (of Dirty Heads)! With so much going on in the world right […]