The Music Shelf

Music news, reviews, lists and rankings


The Music Shelf is a collaborative music blog founded in 2017. Focusing primarily on music discovery, The Shelf looks to promote new and innovative music across all genres. All members of the Shelf Staff are unpaid. Contribution to The Music Shelf is voluntary, and all content originates from passionate and hardworking music lovers.

David Merkle — Editor-in-Chief

David Merkle is a writer and musician who founded The Music Shelf in May of 2017. He is currently studying Dramatic Writing at New York University.

Emily Figueroa — Managing Editor

Emily Figueroa is a writer and artist from Pearl River, NY. She is currently studying English and Creative Writing at New York University.


If you are interested in joining the Shelf Staff, please send your resumé to