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WORLD PREMIERE: Ione Angeles “Walk Away” feat. Jah-Know Wright | Top Shelf Reggae

Rebel Sound Records and Top Shelf proudly present the latest music video from roots-reggae chanteuse Ione Angeles! The track entitled “Walk Away” is off of Angeles' Inna Word album and features the talents of Jah-Know Wright. Now equipped with a music video, Ione Angeles traverses a picturesque shoreline as she preaches salvation to all.

Ione Angeles traverses a picturesque shoreline as she preaches salvation to all.

Angeles chants “there is a space for us in the universal mind”, far from the disillusionment of society and all of its establishments. Cast off your social networks, break free from government oppression and just simply “walk away” to an elevated way of living. Consciousness is up to you. Just keep Jah in your heart as you meander from the “negative frame” that has grown to be the norm. Want to jump on the exodus, but don't know where to start? Angeles says “watch me” as she is a prime example.

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Special Blend at Fullerton’s Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

On Sunday February 17th, Special Blend headlined the Reggae Sunday show at the Slidebar Rock n' Roll Kitchen with support from The Good Tones.

Special Blend came on to close the night with their signature fun and energetic show…

The Good Tones came on first and their high energy combined with great stage presence got the crowd ready for a rily reggae time. Two band members, Nick and Tommy, happened to be rocking identical 17th Street Recording Studio shirts too, giving silent props to the main mixing master responsible for some of the most successful reggae rock albums to date, Mr. Lewis Richards. Special Blend then came on to close the night with their signature fun and energetic show, forcing the crowd to spend the rest of their time dancing and singing.

Photography by Sean McCracken

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/special-blend-at-fullertons-slidebar

Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Fest to hit Dana Point | Top Shelf Reggae

There are few things better than tacos, beer and punk rock music… let alone an event celebrating all three. Hitting three U.S. cities in April comes Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Fest, bound to hit the sandy shores of Doheny State Beach of Dana Point this upcoming April 6th and 7th. Unlike the latter two cities on the taco fest circuit, Salt Lake City and Denver, Sabroso Dana Point spans two full days of beer tastings, mosh pits and more. And, when we say more, we mean it.

On top of the biggest puck rock bands in the business, Sabroso welcomes famed Lucha Libre wrestlers…

On top of the biggest puck rock bands in the business, Sabroso welcomes famed Lucha Libre wrestlers from around the world to compete for the “King of the Ring” Sabroso title. Back to defend his 2018 Sabroso reign is Cesar Gonzalez, better known as 'Ramses': the villian wrestler in the late night south of the border comedy Nacho Libre starring Jack Black. Let the masked and caped smackdown commence. Also competing are all the local taco eateries, with Sabroso attendees voting for 'Best Taco' amongst the musical madness. If that isn't enough for you, over 150 craft beer selections will be on the grounds offering unlimited tastings until 4pm! That's three full hours of beer while the musical stages start up.

You're going to want to have a nice buzz going too, since Irish rockers Flogging Molly are set to headline Saturday night while punk rockers The Offspring will have the circle pit going steadily into Sunday night. Joining the Day One rundown is Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Sucide Machines and openers D.I. kicking it all off. Sunday is no different, starting with Orange Blossom Special and graduating to The Offspring with Red City Radio, Plague Vendor, Face To Face, Black Flag and Descendents… in ascending order, that is.

All of this powered by everyone's favorite (and America's most underrated) hot sauce, Gringo Bandito, begs the question, how could you possibly have a bad time? For those that have spouted a family since their love originated for the majority of these bands, don't worry, all ages are welcome. Save a buck by bringing the kids too, since kids under seven are free with a ticketed adult! Speacking of tickets, general admission weekend tickets start as low as $89.50 at this time, with single day options available if you prefer less of a commitment. VIP packages range from $109.50 single day to the ultimate Sabroso hang with the Eat & Greet VIP pass, only available for Sunday where you're guaranteed a personal meet and greet with select members of The Offspring. Since the party goes down at a state beach, make sure to grab a $10 weekend shuttle pass while you're at it. For more information or to get your tickets now, visit www.sabrosotacofest.com.

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Burritos the Band at Costa Mesa’s The Wayfarer | Top Shelf Reggae

On February 16th, Burritos the Band headlined at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa, CA. The Sublime cover band was supported by Audio Empire and LAW Records artists Vana Liya and Tunnel Vison. The show opened with Vana Liya, who got the crowed warmed up and ready for the night. This was my first time seeing her and have to say Vana killed it — I really enjoyed her energy!

There was so much dancing and singing to all our favorite Sublime songs…

Next came Audio Empire, who were on fire before Tunnel Vision took the stage. That band is always a blast to see. The night closed out with Burritos the Band blowing the doors of The Wayfarer. There was so much dancing and singing to all our favorite Sublime songs, with show proceeds from going to support The Nowell Family Foundation.  

For more information or to donate to The Nowell Family Foundation, click here.

Photography by Sean McCracken

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/burritos-the-band-at-costa-mesas-the-wayfarer

KAABOO Cayman 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Friday, February 15th might've been the day after Valentine's Day for some, but for those arriving or living on Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, it was officially Day One of the premiere KAABOO Cayman Festival. Following in the footsteps of its sister festival, KAABOO Del Mar in San Diego, KAABOO Cayman brought culture to the forefront with live music, comedy acts, art installations, gournet cuisine, vendor indulgences and more.

The day was simply beautiful as festivalgoers explored sandy shorelines of private beaches…

First up was the hip hop routine of Rico Rolando, followed by local favorites Suckerbox on the two musical stages. Los Angeles alt band Transviolet erupted onto the Main Stage after that, with reggae-pop stars Magic! serenading swooning girls in the front row by midday. The day was simply beautiful as festivalgoers explored sandy shorelines of private beaches between Maxi Priest and Margo Price.

Flo Rida hit the stage right before sunset to get the party rocking into the night, with Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson surprising all by joining the pop icon onstage for a dance! Champagne was popped and people were sitting on shoulders for the best view of Maren Morris and Bryan Adams before headlining acts Counting Crows and The Chainsmokers topped it all off. Richard Branson reappeared to introduce The Chainsmokers, stuffing his mouthful of cigarettes to do so. With fireworks and pillars of smoke exploding up to the sky, Day One came to a close to the deejay duo spinning hit after hit. Stay tuned for Day Two highlights, coming soon.

Photography by Kristy Rose

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/kaaboo-cayman-2019-day-one

Slightly Stoopid: then & now | Top Shelf Reggae

Just before the start of the 2019 and February's One Love Cali Reggae Festival in Long Beach, I sat down with Kyle McDonald of the southern California cative band, Slightly Stoopid. We chatted about how they were discovered by Bradley Nowell of Sublime, their relationship with Skunk Records, their musical influences and their relationship with Don Carlos.

While attending high school in Ocean Beach, California, a letter came from Fat Mike (of Fat Wreck) saying he was interested in Slightly Stoopid, then only consisting of Kyle, best buddy Miles Doughty and drummer Adam Bausch. During all the excitement, the boys discovered that it was a fake letter a friend had sent. Shortly after in 1994, Bradley Nowell entered the picture and invited Slightly Stoopid to perform at the Foot Hill Tavern in Long Beach, CA. They were then given an opportunity to record at Fake Night Club and were signed to Skunk Records almost immediately. The band members decided to skip college and spent the next five years on the road touring bars.

Slightly Stoopid members remain the breadwinners of the industry, yet the most humble men in the business.

Around 1999, after recording two albums via Skunk Records, the band transitioned to their own record label, Stoopid Records and have since bought back all their music. In 2001, Stoopid Records was formed as an outlet to give opportunities to upcoming bands, like The Expendables. The band has vast musical influences; one of the first cassettes that Kyle McDonald purchased in elementary school was Eazy E. As they grew individually and as a band, bands like Motley Crüe and the song “Girls, Girls, Girls” became influential. Other bands like Sublime, NoFx, Rancid and Pennywise have also contributed to the unique sound that is Slightly Stoopid.

On tour, Slightly Stoopid is almost always accompanied by Jamaican reggae legend, Don Carlos. The band had known Don Carlos’ manager, Jah Fada, for many years: whenever Kyle would be on the phone with him, Don Carlos would always say “hi”. The band met Don Carlos at a show and asked if they would play a song he wrote. They have been doing songs together ever since. Kyle shared that 'Uncle Don' puts in a lot of work, but “rolls like he’s 22”. Together, they are all on the same path, enjoying cooking and time with family, making music secondary between them.

Now, 25 years strong, Slightly Stoopid is the epitome of the California reggae movement. They have paved the way for so many badns to follow, whether that be reggae-rock, hip hop or roots influenced. Collaborating with countless artists and headlining festivals around the world, it's hard not to know who Slightly Stoopid is. With nine full-length albums and no end in sight, Slightly Stoopid members remain the breadwinners of the industry, yet the most humble men in the business.

Be sure to catch Slightly Stoopid this summer on their How I Spent My Summer Tour alongside Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and HIRIE at a city near you!

Photography by In The Barrel Photo

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Twiddle & Iya Terra at The Troubadour | Top Shelf Reggae

Iya Terra and Twiddle hit The Troubadour for their first show starting off a two month tour on Friday, March 1st, hitting the north western states right now. I'm sure you’ve been to a show before where the feeling in the air is magical; that is how it was on this particular evening. These two bands are great compliment to one another, both having a great fan base of their own and they surely walked away with new fans from this tour!

These two bands are great compliment to one another…

Iya Terra had the crowd roaring, energized and screaming for more, especially when they played their recent single “Stars”, leading into a Jimi Hendrix “Little Wing” outro. Twiddle hit the stage next and when they did, happy, dancing listeners sang along while they played two one-hour sets. Interestingly, Twiddle spelled out 'LOS ANGELES JAMS' by using a letter that represented each song that they played, starting with “Lost in the Cold” and ending with “Smoke Two Joints”. Twiddle always has fun props too, which give a fun element to the stage. You just might spot one in the gallery! This Twiddle and Iya Terra show was one for the books! Get on out there and hit this tour if you can, for you will not be disappointed.

Photography by Gia Krietzberg

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/twiddle-iya-terra-at-the-troubadour

Clint Stevens drops “First Place” single ahead of debut album | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae-funk band Clint Stevens is gearing up to drop their debut full-length album, offering fans of the Arizona band a taste ahead of time with their lead single “First Place”. A retrospective reggae-rock anthem centering around a relationship gone wrong, “First Place” is danceable, yet dark track — a yin and a yang. But, this seven-piece band has always had a knack for complimentary designs, stemming from when guitarist Clint Richardson started making music with vocalist Steve Rector when they were roommates. Yin and yang. Now seven members deep, Clint Stevens follows up on their 2017 EP The Pinner with Choice Chillington, out soon! 

… “First Place” upholds an upbeat tonality that will have you dancing…

If the album is along the same fibers as “First Place”, then reggae-rock lovers will surely be pleased. The track outlines 20/20 hindsight, as lead singer Rector broods “you should've warned me that you never loved me in the first place.” Perhaps… but how do you live and learn without heartache? Life is a journey, whether the bumps on the road bring about a bunch of flat tires or not. Time heals all wounds and Clint Stevens recognizes that, stating that this isn't the first time a heart's been broken and most likely not the last. However, you have to hope for a better tomorrow, for living without love is more depressing than not loving at all. With a smooth guitar and a slightly melancholic saxophone, “First Place” upholds an upbeat tonality that will have you dancing despite its jaded subject matter.

The single is now available only on YouTube and, as mentioned above, the full-length album is about to follow! Although it's unknown at this time when the official release date will be, Clint Stevens fans and reggae-enthusiasts alike will want to mark their calendars when the time comes. After the band's smashing performance at the inaugural Arizona Roots Festival back in February, it's apparent that Clint Stevens is only going up from here. For more information, visit www.clintstevens.com.

Tune into Clint Stevens' “First Place” single on YouTube:

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WORLD PREMIERE: 9 Mile Roots drops new remix “When In Rome” | Top Shelf Reggae

Baltimore’s own 9 Mile Roots released today a remix featuring Passafire’s lead singer Ted Bowne — and Top Shelf has the premiere for you to start off your weekend! “When In Rome” is a full remix of their song “Sun” from their most recent LP, ReEvolve.

The original track was impactful enough, but the remix takes the song to a whole new level.

The original track was impactful enough, but the remix takes the song to a whole new level. Musically, the track sways in a slightly more dub direction, utilizing delays and reverb to achieve that nice dreamy effect. This new beat structure really fits with the band’s vocal timbre, a combination of late 70s-style dub with some slick guitar flourishes. When the song slows way down about three-quarters in, it builds into an explosion of sounds, including heavy bass lines and a sexy horn solo. The ammunition required for the perfect head-bobbing experience is courtesy of 9 Mile Roots in this remix. The track pulls more than a few heart strings and it’s clearly meant to do so.

Bassist Josh Behun states, ”We were excited to get the chance to collaborate with Ted for this track: his lyrics and melody addition hit right in line with the existing theme and complements the song very well. Add all that with Matt from Piper Street Sound, who always puts together high quality production and does super creative dubwork, and this remixed version for the song 'Sun' really adds a new dimension that sits well with the existing track.”

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Album artwork: Brad Wells

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/9-mile-roots-drops-new-remix-when-in-rome

9 Mile Roots drop new remix “When In Rome” | Top Shelf Reggae

Baltimore’s own 9 Mile Roots released today a remix featuring Passafire’s lead singer Ted Bowne—and Top Shelf has the premiere for you to start off your weekend. “When in Rome” is a full remix of their song “Sun” from their most recent LP, ReEvolve.

The original track was impactful enough, but the remix takes the song to a whole new level.

The original track was impactful enough, but the remix takes the song to a whole new level. Musically the track sways in a slightly more dub direction, utilizing delays and reverb to achieve that nice dreamy effect. This new beat structure really fits with the band’s vocal timbre, a combination of late 70s-style dub with some slick guitar flourishes. When the songs slows way down about three-quarters in, it builds into an explosion of sounds including, heavy bass lines, and a sexy horn solo. The ammunition required for the perfect head-bobbing experience is provided courtesy of 9 Mile Roots in this remix. This track pulls more than a few heart strings, and it’s clearly meant to do so.

Bassist Josh Behun states, ”We were excited to get the chance to collaborate with Ted for this track – his lyrics and melody addition hit right in line with the existing theme and complements the song very well. Add all that with Matt from Piper Street Sound, who always puts together high quality production and does super creative dubwork – and this remixed version for the song 'Sun' really adds a new dimension that sits well with the existing track.”

 

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Album artwork: Brad Wells

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/9-mile-roots-drop-new-remix-when-in-rome