About Us

HearYa is an indie music blog that gives indie music enthusiasts a destination to cut through the clutter when discovering new music. We’re a community of fans that want to see the music we love reach the ears of new friends and survive. Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed and encouraged. In addition to providing album reviews, South By Southwest coverage, and offering daily mp3 downloads, we also record live sessions at Shirk Music and Sound in downtown Chicago.

Click here to contact us.

Contributors include:

Oz, Kansas City
Woody, Chicago
Stephen Shirk, Chicago Producer
That Guy, Chicago

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timmy martin January 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Killa mix your guys did for my boy Daxx.

timmy martin January 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Dax w/ one x, my bad

shirk January 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

Thanks for the kind words, Timmy Martin. I was really happy with the way that one came out. Dax and his band did a great job!

Jon Szostak March 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

This is a great site! Just recommended by Greg Danziger! I caught Cameron McGill and What Army at the JBTV studios yesterday. Fantastic! Check them out! Flogging Molly tonight at the Congress, then Warpaint at Lincoln Hall in 2 weeks! March is gonna be a good month.

Jordan April 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thanks for being here for this community. All of these artists deserve the notoriety you give them, and I’m glad there’s someone out there who will do it. Let me know what you think of my latest release.

Chris April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm


A friend turned me on to your site a five or so years ago. I thought it was good then, but as way leads to way, I fell out of the habit of visiting. Its been at least a year since I checked in and you’ve still got it rockin’ strong without selling out.

I just wanted to say ‘nice work’… I like the way you’ve kept it straight forward, no-frills, and with a minimum of annoying ads. More importantly, ya’ still never fail to turn me on to something good that I’d likely not have found otherwise ~ Which is a big plus for an ol’ dog like me.

Unlike the most of the internet, Hear*ya is one of few places on the net that actually performs a practical and useful function in my everyday life ~ So, thank you for that!


Sugar Shack records April 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Just enquiring as to email/postal address for review material please?

Martyn May 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Read your posts about Deep Dark Woods & The Sheepdogs. As an old Saskatoon boy now living in Wisconsin you made me proud and homesick.

Jason Gaffner September 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Hey Guys

I would like to submit my music for a write up or a simple MP3 post, what is the best way for me to do that? I don’t want to send you guys an email to the wrong place and make you have to read more stuff (as I’m sure you already read a ton)

Thanks and hope all is well

Jason Gaffner

Lee Coulter September 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm


I love what you guys are doing here and, as an indie musician myself, really appreciate what you’re doing for music fans and artists alike. I was wondering if you accept submissions for review?

I have a new album coming out next month that I’d love to send your way. In the meantime, you can check out the first single on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh-f0Xfq_gA



Marcus Dearbone October 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

Hello Everyone,

I really appreciate your pro indie stance. I just started an indie label called Temposetta Entertainment, LLC in Alexandria Louisiana and am working hard to gain exposure. Our first release is called MY CHULA and I am the featured artist. Please check it out on youtube at: http://youtu.be/C_qxujIWKcY

It is available for download on iTunes and MySpace Music, if you feel inclined to purchase it….

Thanks for all you do. Keep getting after it!!!


Lindsey Charles October 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Hello! I’m in a Chicago band called The Cell Phones. We just finished our Halloween music video (featuring a song from our 30-minute haunted house soundtrack). We want to get this video on as many sites as humanly possible! If you need a good video to get your readers into the Halloweeny mood, this is it, guys!

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PM8lbEYIm4

And our bandcamp site (where you can find our music) http://cellphonesband.bandcamp.com

Thank you!


Aaron Lynde December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

Hey there, I didn’t see anything about music submissions so I’m sending you a link with this message. Love the bands and the music and would like to be included, basically. Our EP “Second Life” is very close to being released, and here’s a link to my favorite song off of the EP; “Past The Edge” – http://dl.dropbox.com/u/51105419/02%20Past%20The%20Edge.mp3

We’d be willing to offer a free song download from: http://www.soundcloud.com/TripEffect
We really hope you decide to take the three minutes to give us a listen, and more, we hope you like it. It’s sites like yours that give independent musicians a chance to be heard. We’d love to do a live gig or whatever works for you guys (interviews, reviews, etc.), it’s awesome how many contributors you guys have. We play all over Chicago. Thanks a lot for you time, it’s much appreciated. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your job easier.
plur (peace love unity respect),
– Trip Effect

Diligent December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I released my debut album yesterday, would love for more people to find it since the music is struggle music…

http://www.diligentsound.com its FREE…

God Bless

Teenage Daydreams January 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Hello! I’m trying to change the world of music-it’s totally possible, so listen to my music please! it might totally change your life, it did mine! I just wanna love


I love you

Johnny Diamond January 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Scott Ramsayer March 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

This site is pretty incredible. The HearYa Live Sessions are really well done. Keep up the great work!!!

nick March 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

Ahh Mr. Ramsayer- fancy meeting you here! Hope you and the whole family are well!

Nick Fryer

Cassie Newman March 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Just wanted to say thank you for keeping your finger on the pulse of so many incredible musicians. This is my go-to site for all things music and you have turned me on to many of my favorite bands. Would’ve loved to have met you in person at SXSW!

Dylen Terflinger April 8, 2012 at 7:53 am


I really dig what your site is doing for indie artists and bands. I was wondering if you accept submissions for review?

I’ve produced, managed, and now promoting Kyle Adem on Ghost Motel Records label and would really want to offer a few cuts. Hopefully you enjoy and share.

Here, you can stream the whole album “armour” which will release 6/5/12
Thank you for your time and what you’re doing with this community.

grace April 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Your site’s great!

I think you’d all be interested in The Leadership and their album Frontiers – http://theleadership.bandcamp.com/album/frontiers

Greg May 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

One of y’all has to be here at Lee Fields (Lincoln Hall)

Greatness ! That is all.

Richard November 7, 2012 at 5:10 am

Please have a look at our video and let me know if you would like some content from us. We all the way in South Africa. Thanks Stephen


William November 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hey, check out our music video, we’re a young indie rock band from Montreal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No-XXkRdkGg

Ryan Keeton December 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Like all posters here, I appreciate & enjoy what you do for all Indie musicians. I also admire how the site has proven itself a powerhouse in the Indie scene.

Also like all posters I’d enjoy a lil exposure from the site. Ha. Of Course we all would. You do great stuff & we all know it! With that said We, Kalance Theory would appreciate anytime spent checking out our music. We’ve been getting a decent amount of Indie radio play, even chosen as on of New Driven’s Top Torqued act s of 2012 & have a song that was chosen for an Indie film Soundtrack being shot in LA currently.

This is our 1st release as a band, so we’ve been pleased with the reaction, even before it releases in a couple weeks. To hear the EP I’m Ok check out http://www.ryankeeton.com. We’re even going to offer this free to a group of fans! We just want to be heard.

Thanks again for all this site is & continues to grow to be!

Ethan January 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

You guys are absolutely killin’ it. I’ve been looking for a site like this for a while. Much appreciation.

Zach February 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hey guys, I was hoping you might have a few minutes to check out my band Red Light Refugee. We’re from Milwaukee, WI, we’ve got a diverse sound, and we’re really starting to pull good crowds at shows. We have our entire music catalog on our FB page right now, but we’ll be taking it down soon to promote our first official EP. Thanks a ton!


Jake Pappas February 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hi there,
My name is Jake Pappas and I am the lead singer of a band called J. Thoven. We are SoCal based and will be heading our way out to SXSW this year for the first time. Our band got together in March of last year and since than has been very blessed and stoked on our progress and the opportunities to play with great indie bands alike. I was hoping you could give our EP a listen and if you like it, maybe do some coverage on our shows at SXSW. Our EP is available for free at http://www.jthoven.com
Hope to hear from you guys. Thanks.

Ashley Mulimba (HAUS) March 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Really big fans of your blog. Would love for you to share our stuff also.

You can listen to our music here: http://www.soundcloud.com/haus-4



Steph LdaVoski March 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hey Hearya Im Steph LdaVoski, this site is so dope! The Live sessions are pretty cool too. subscribe to my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/stephldavoski

Cynthia Herrear March 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Please take a look at the trailer for the documentary “A Beautiful Experience” on the record-breaking band Flaming Lips.
‘A Beautiful Fucking Experience,’ is a feature length documentary that celebrates music, in particular the live music experience, as told through the journey of The Flaming Lips on their Guinness world record breaking 24 hour tour through the Mississippi Delta.


Nick Yanez April 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm


My name is Nick. I am one half of an Indie Duo named ‘Get Along’.

We are a band based out of Denver, CO. We are embarking on our third tour of the Midwest (in the last year) this June. We are thrilled to be playing in Chicago for the first time!

I am looking into music blogs, publications, and radio in the area to try and promote our show on June 12th at Ace Bar.

Our sound is a unique, versatile, chaotic one; energetic and fit for a quartet. We just released our ‘WE TRIED SO HARD TO BE SO COOL EP’ in March of this year. You can listen to that EP at this link – http://www.getalongmusic.bandcamp.com/.

We really hope you enjoy our music. If so, we’d love a mention, write-up, listing, or anything at all that could help in creating some buzz for our June 12th show.

Thank you so much, either way we love what you do for music!


Zach Walsh May 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hey Guys,
I’m a fellow Chicagoan. Just saw a band called The Lonely Wild at Schubas on Friday night and they were amazing. I think others would really dig the western/indie sound they have.

They just release a debut album called The Sun as it Comes. Please take the time and give the album a listen.


Opal June 6, 2013 at 1:24 am

Thanks for plugging us in to some great indie music.

Wondering if you could help me find a song I heard a few months ago. Can’t remember the artist, title, or lyrics. But it had a slow tempo, piano, and there were 2 versions of the music video. One of them started with a couple driving in a car, they get to a cabin, apparently they had lost a child, the man rebuffs the woman but eventually gives into her and they make love on a pebbled beach. Afterward, the woman comes across a family in a nearby cabin and she and her partner embrace, somewhat remiss, by a bonfire.

Sorry, that’s all I can remember. But you’d be the awesome all-knowing indie music guru if you could help me find it. Thanks!

John O'Connor June 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm


My name is John and I have a quick question about your blog! Could you please email me?

Thank you,


Pete Cole @ Blag Promotions June 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

I would like to introduce you to Dublin’s Raglans.

“The sounds currently flooding my ear canals are so goddamn cheerful. With their charging guitars and all-conquering ‘Da Da Da’ refrains, Raglans certainly recall the golden era of indie rock, particularly bands like Dirty Pretty Things and The Pigeon Detectives.” – Hot Press

Watch the ‘Digging Holes’ video – the new single @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyXyB3kJP20

‘Like’ Raglans @ https://www.facebook.com/Raglans

Raglans UK Tour, July

Mon 8 Bristol – Start The Bus
Tue 9 Cardiff – Undertone
Thu 11 Edinburgh – Electric Circus
Fri 12 Stockton – FU Bar Shine Like Stars
Sat 13 Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
Mon 15 London – Water Rats
Tue 16 Guildford – Boileroom
Wed 17 Newcastle – Think Tank
Thu 18 Manchester – Trof
Fri 19 Leeds – Cockpit 3
Sat 20 York – Duchess

Sean O'Connell July 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Indie music blog from NYC…inquisitiveinqueens.blogspot.com

Bristian Cale September 11, 2013 at 3:45 am


I’m a singer/songwriter from Pasadena, Ca. and it would mean the world to me if you took the time, maybe before you go to bed or something, to listen to my debut album “Sounding Off.” Thanks so much for your time, cheers!


SpaceCream September 23, 2013 at 4:21 am

Hello Chris,
Hear Ya is a wonderful blog. My band, SpaceCream, would love to be featured! If you could check out our stuff, we would really appreciate it 🙂 Old school glam rock with new, demented twists…once described as “Ann Wilson in Bowie’s edition of Rocky Horror.” Links below!

Thank you,

Music, press, etc…

Our crazy video is a fun watch as well, there’s cannibalism, gold vomit, boobs, and a lot of glitter!
SpaceCream: Paper Bag Boy official video

Herschel Hoover November 16, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Good evening. I recently became acquainted with this blog and would love to have you review my band’s music. You can find music from our latest CD, High-Grade Migraine and some live videos at reverbnation/herschelhoover. Thanks for your time and consideration.


MyMusic November 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hey HearYa,

Check out Jake Bugg’s sophmore effort, Shangri La. I think your readers would love it. This album displays the many talents this young artist has to give.

Jordan Léser December 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hello HearYa,
I’m an Australian singer/songwriter, and I recently released my debut EP ‘Just Like Autumn’. I think your blog is wonderful & if you spare a few moments I’d love for you to check out my latest music video…

Kind regards,
Jordan Léser

Vincent J. Vera December 14, 2013 at 2:46 am

Hey HearYa,

My name is Vincent J. Vera. I’m getting ready to release a free EP in late January and would love some help getting out there if you think I’d be a decent fit for your site.. Below is a link to SoundCloud with what I’m considering the single from the EP.. Also, a link to YouTube with another original (also on the EP)..

Thank you VERY MUCH for even taking the time to listen, and I hope to hear back from you..




Jason February 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hey dudes!

I really dig HearYa and wanted to see if you guys were able to give my band’s debut album a spin and, if you liked it, would feature us on your website. We’re from Seattle and our name is Supply and the Man. The album is called Lady Salamander. It’s a pretty eclectic, quirky album filled with strong melodies and dynamic slanted indie- esque sounds. It’s starting to get some airplay around the country in some college/non-com stations.

Anyways, we’d love to increase our exposure so that we can tour and record music in the future. Any help you could give us would make us truly grateful. Thanks for your time!
– Jason

Huck June 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

Love your stuff 🙂

derrick roberts August 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

i would like you to review my music video and song. I have a long story of how it all came to be suffice to say i was white when i was asked to come to Aftermath they had eminem and there you go lol. this is 10 years later and the final push as i have a family and they come first let me know if you need any more info as i’m sure you will. its currently on every downloadable media and i’m trying to crowd fund the rest of the album. like i said my family comes first and i work offshore so i have to work with what i have.

here is the youtube link

Derrick Roberts


Art Wettle August 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm


I’d like to introduce my band which has a new EP. The So-Called Fake Country All-Stars are northerners, bred on rock, but with a deep affinity for classic country. We aim for the sound, style and un-ironic attitude of late 60s and early 70s AM country records. Yes we are utterly unknown bedroom songwriters but I feel confident the songs we write stand up with anyone’s and it doesn’t hurt that we have a fantastic producer in Scott Hunt twistin’ knobs.

This is a vinyl-only release but for one “single”. We are major technophobes and resent deeply the need to seemingly be a marketing major (or at least under 40) in order to get anyone to listen to yer record. Still we are trying, oldsters that we are. Please let us know if you have a physical address so we can send you a hard copy of the vinyl. Otherwise check out the “single” below.

Hope you enjoy and sincere thanks.
Art Wettle,
PeeJar Records


Jake Stephens September 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

A review of Northern Whale’s EP “Reckless” would be lovely! northernwhaleband.com

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