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High & Mighty 2017: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Blog News 16 Aug 17 0

Walking through the gates of the first annual High and Mighty Festival presented by KLOS was more like entering into the festival you've always dreamed of: free beer in an extensive craft beer garden to the right, a towering Yo-yo swing ride to the left, and two side-by-side stages waiting patiently in the distance to be rocked by the best bands in the reggae and hip hop business. It felt more than appropriate that this backyard party was going down in the middle of Garden Grove, straight out of a Sublime song, considering Sublime with Rome was headlining Day One! Although the sun was relentless, beaming down on the crowd from the get-go, that didn't deter festival-goers to show up on time for NOAHJVMES and Tyrone's Jacket to christen the adjacent stages. If you haven't seen Tyrone's Jacket in action, their anomalous performance will knock your socks off… and then some. With literal swingers whizzing by overhead, the day continued with Tunnel Vision, King Lil G, Katastro, Magic!, Stick Figure, SOJA, and the festival cohosts themselves, Sublime. Although the music was cut short at 10pm due to city restrictions, the magic was there, and nobody seemed to mind calling it an early night. Enjoy some shots of Day One above, and stay tuned for the Top Shelf Reggae Day Two gallery coming soon.

Photography by Kristy Rose

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Album Premiere: Kacy & Clayton, ‘The Siren’s Song’

Blog News 16 Aug 17 0

​The Canadian folk-rock duo delivers endless melody and effortless cool on its latest album, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Source: All Music

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Continues to Steer His Own Ship With ‘Lay It On Down’

Blog News 15 Aug 17 0

​The electric blues guitarist speaks about learning to relax with his playing, why he was never mad about his age being such a subject of fascination, and the album he played to drive his grandpa nuts.

Source: All Music

The 1st Annual High & Mighty Fest | Top Shelf Reggae

Blog News 15 Aug 17 0

Last weekend, on September 5th and 6th, KLOS presented the very first annual High & Mighty Fest in sunny Garden Grove, California. The line-up consisted of a perfect combination of some of the most talented reggae, rock, and hip-hop artists. However, this festival had a lot more to offer than just a great weekend of music: unlimited craft beer tastings were offered for FREE, as well as a carnival ride and a vendor village filled with tasty food, original art and clothing. This festival had a little something for everyone!

For the first year of a festival, the High & Mighty Festival definitely exceeded expectations. 

Day One consisted mostly of bands from the reggae-rock genre, with the exception of NOAHJVMES, Katastro, and King Lil G. These artists diverted from the rest of the performances that day with their influences of rap and hip-hop beats. The up and coming band, Tyrone's Jacket, took the stage after NOAHJVMES and impressed the crowd with their funky electric style of mixing hip-hop, reggae, and rock. They are definitely a band that has been – and will continue to be – on the rise within the music scene. Roots reggae band, Iya Terra was the next band we were able to catch. For me, their set is always one of the most anticipated, and as I watched the crowd grow as the band played, I could tell the audience felt the same way. It was a treat to watch the crowd sing along to so many of the band’s inspiring lyrics. Many of us know the band Magic! from their hit song “Rude” that rotated the radio stations in recent months. Secretly, that's the only reason I went to catch their set, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by their stage presence and collection of other songs that were all feel-good, catchy, and easy to groove to. As the sun began to set and the day finally started to cool down, Stick Figure came onstage to keep the vibes alive. They definitely had the biggest crowd of the day, and the energy could be felt all the way from backstage. As they closed the set with their song “Smokin' Love” they brought Iya Terra lead singer Nathan Feinstein back out to join them for a verse, as well as Seedless lead singer, Mathew Liufau. Heavy-hitters SOJA came out and rocked the stage next, followed by headliners Sublime With Rome. SWR had the crowd chanting along to classic Sublime songs like “Smoke Two Joints” and “Wrong Way”, closing out Day One of the High & Mighty Fest in high spirits – both literally and figuratively.

Photography by Kristy Rose

Rapper Know-Madik started off Day Two by setting the perfect vibe for the rest of the day, which happened to be heavily packed with more hip-hop and rap artists. But first, Pacific Dub followed by Ballyhoo! blessed the stage with their surf-rock sounds. Other hip-hop artists from the day included Murs, Chief Keef and legend Tech N9ne alongside Kansas City cohort Krizz Kaliko. Considering I had never seen Tech N9ne live, but have listened to him for years, I was especially excited to catch his set. And, his and Kaliko’s performance definitely did not disappoint! From their outfits to their choreography to their interaction with the audience, Tech N9ne and company was everything I had hoped for! The diversity of this festival made it that much more enjoyable. Soon after Tech finished his set, roots reggae band Tribal Seeds started in with their catchy riddims and powerful horn section. The line-up went right back to hip-hop when Jurassic 5 came out to take the crowd back to the 90’s with their old-school vibe. With all the different types of genres from the weekend, it was a no-brainer that Dirty Heads would be headlining Day Two of the festival – especially, since it was their party! The band embodies almost all the different genres of music that was heard throughout the weekend into their hour and a half long set. They even invited the one and only Mr. Belding from the 80’s sitcom Saved By The Bell to join them onstage for their new single “Vacation”, which made for an extra special performance!

For the first year of a festival, the High & Mighty Festival definitely exceeded expectations. The weekend was full of positive vibes, friendly faces, and perfect weather. Top Shelf Reggae is excited to see how this festival grows, and looking forward to next year!

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Album Premiere: BIRDS, ‘Everything All At Once’

Blog News 14 Aug 17 0

​The Brooklyn band’s debut features eight tracks of fuzzed-out, good-time psychedelia.

Source: All Music

Song Premiere: Radnor & Lee, “Doorstep”

Blog News 11 Aug 17 0

Singer/songwriter Ben Lee and actor Josh Radnor (aka Ted from How I Met Your Mother) share a song from their upcoming collaborative LP, Radnor & Lee.

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Frankie Rose Feared She Was Done With Music—Now She Never Wants To Stop

Blog News 11 Aug 17 0

​After a down period in Los Angeles, Rose relocated to Brooklyn and made Cage Tropical, which eschews her earlier noise pop sound for something more icy and synth-heavy.

Source: All Music

Krooked Treez release new video for “Dr Kevorkian” | Top Shelf Reggae

Blog News 11 Aug 17 0

Joined by renowned turntablist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Slipknot, and saxophonist for the band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Southern California’s own Krooked Treez released their brand new video for the track “Dr. Kevorkian.”

Directed by Krooked Treez’s own Oscar Brown, this skillfully bass-heavy, hip-hop and reggae fused track shows the band’s versatility. Demonstrating a melodic flow, the energetic guest appearances from Sid Wilson of SlipKnot and Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton of The Bosstones show a potent combination of dancefloor-friendly beats and massive soundscapes. Pick up the brand new track on iTunes now!

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/video/krooked-treez-release-new-video-for-dr-kevorkian
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Dirty Heads announce Swim Team Fall Tour | Top Shelf Reggae

Blog News 10 Aug 17 0

In anticipation for the new Dirty Heads full-length LP Swim Team out October 13th, fans get to know where the band is headed first! Once the last of sweet summer is gone, the DH crew is hitting the road with indie rock band The Unlikely Candidates and one of the most enigmatically captivating bands on the rise, Tyrone’s Jacket. Needless to say, Dirty Head fans this fall are going to be enthralled from curtain up to curtain close.

Needless to say, Dirty Head fans this fall are going to be enthralled from curtain up to curtain close.

Although celebrating the new album, the Swim Team tour is short and sweet – encompassing only 30 days! Starting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 24th, the musical triad meanders up the Atlantic coastline to literally play map twister after that, landing in Oakland, CA on November 24th to close the tour down. Yes, the day after Thanksgiving happens to be the tour finale, making it ever so easy for reggae-rock fans to show their gratitude by attending it. Despite a short time spectrum, the tour does consist of 23 shows across 16 states – and even two countries! That’s right: Canadian DH fans will be able to catch performances in Quebec and Ontario before the bands border-hop back into the states. This coast-to-coast, bicontinental tour stops for one show in the Midwest, and only two shows in the Heads’ home state of sunny California… which begs the question if a west coast winter tour is on the horizon for 2018. Guess west coast fans will have to wait for another tour stretch, hitting up the Los Angeles or Oakland shows in the meantime.

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Song Premiere: The Waterboys, “Payo Payo Chin”

Blog News 10 Aug 17 0

​The easygoing track comes from the long-running Scottish band’s upcoming double album, Out of All This Blue.

Source: All Music