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Dean Brandolini January 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hey There HearYa, Dean here from way out on the Wet Coast in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

I just wanted to pass on that you are now my favorite music blog/website on the planet. The music you cover is basically the same ballpark of music that I like, ie the Deep Dark Woods, Ox, the Maldives, the Low Anthem and so on.

As you can see I like that alt-folk-indie, americana-indie, alt-country-indie sound or however you want to describe. You seem to cover this sort of sound here at your website.

I remember back in the day, a long, long time ago, when Pitchforkmedia was the cats ass for me in researching new music. Now I look at them and their 2010 album of the year list and I am completely out of sync with them.

Anyhow, keep up the good work, and look forward to hanging about your site like a fly on the wall. Love it.

Just curious, have you heard of this band out of Philidelphia called The Great Unknown? Their new EP called ‘New Skin’ EP is absolutely spectacular and in that sort of genre I mentioned above. Listen to the 4 songs from beginning to end and you should be sold –

Also, you shoud check out Canada’s Doug Paisley. His new album ‘Constant Companion’ is a stunner. Uncut has it no. 10 on their year 2010 best albums list.

Keep up the good work


Johnny Hill January 10, 2011 at 6:10 am

Hi there – greetings from across the pond!

Really pleased to see your endorsement of The Deep Dark Woods – cracking band.

Having trouble downloading the latest session though, as the file opens but there don’t appear to be any MP3s within it (according to the techny fella here..!)??

Anyone else reported similar problems?

Keep up the good work


PS Any chance of a session from The Tallest Man On Earth, or Caitlin Rose perhaps…?!!

Tim January 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Hey now, just thought I would throw this out there. Have you ever thought to review Doug Paisleys newest Constant Companion? Just wondering. It sounds like something you would get into. How about live session with him? That would be pretty bad ass. All right then, I’m out. Thanks for all you do.

Glenn Milosz February 1, 2011 at 8:15 am


I just got back from Liverpool, England. Found this cool band – you guys should check them out. Just a quick heads up before the thing explodes.


hannah February 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm

how do’ya guys feel about internships?

Giddy 2 Shoes February 3, 2011 at 6:37 am

Love this site, is now my favorite indie band resource. Out in Los Angeles there is a new duo called Takes 2 2 Tango….check this out!

John February 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This site is actually a life-saver. It is a good step away from the mainstream. I actually appreciate what you guys have going on here…a lot! So, thank you. Keep up the good work!


Ian February 17, 2011 at 12:14 am

Dax Riggs…..Say Goodnight to the World….is this not a 2010 album?!

You guys covered it nicely in multiple “Hear Ya Sessions”….the album owns most of the albums you picked for the best of 2010…and its not represented….very disappointed in the oversight.

Keith Tiscali March 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

I would like your permission to play the HearYa session on my amateur radio show launching next and for royalties to be waived

Lance March 13, 2011 at 6:40 am

I know this is a wicked long shot, but by any chance are there any old issues from the 70’s containing stories about The Beatles, and if so, what would it cost me to get the back issues. I’ve always been a big fan of the “Fab Four” and I lost a lot of my clippings of The Beatles I had for years, for some unknown reason the clippings are lost. I would be real grateful if I couldget an old copy.
Please don’t be mis-lead by my email address, Everything I have of The Beatles is for my own colection, I have nothing to profit but my own grsditttude. Thank you very much.
Lance Noyes Sr.
Limerick, Maine

tincanman2010 April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Love the site. Linked to it from my blog and good feedback (word travels slowly over here to the UK).

Next time you are reviewing your blogroll could you consider me?


Joshua May 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Well fellas…how can I help? I put out free indie playlists every month that have started to receive a nice following and a steady stream of great music submissions from all over the world. A buddy of mine turned me onto the Jukebox live session and just stumbling upon ya. Let’s connect!

Maria Gigante May 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hi there!
I read your stories every single day, it really keeps me informed on what’s going on in the music entertainment world! So thank you for that!
The reason why I’m coming to your site is because Andy Grammer will be coming out with his first, full album on June 14th and I was wondering if you could do an article about his new album. It’s called, “Andy Grammer” and this album is a long time coming. He’s been working so hard to make it as an artist and he’s finally getting the recognition that he deserves. He’s recently won MTV’s 2011 Most Innovative Music Video and has been performing on radio and television shows. He’ll also be doing a summer national tour with Natasha Bedingfield and Kate Voegle. I really hope you consider doing an article for him. If you have an questions please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you so much for your time, have a great day!

Chris May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi guys, just wanted to let you know that your doing great work. Love the site and the music you choose to review and support.
Keep up the great work.

Hartley May 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hey guys, I’ve been reading Hearya for years now. I just wanted to say I miss the old format when the posts were all on one page, and at the end you could go to “older posts”. Now you sort of have to navigate in and out of different posts, so if you’re trying to catch up after a while its a bit burdensome. I’m sure there’s good reason for the change, but I wanted to give some feedback. Keep up the great work!


Jordan June 9, 2011 at 12:08 am


I absolutely love the site. I was wondering if you offer internships? Thanks.

Dan Berlin August 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hey guys-
I’ve been a loyal reader of the blog (and sometime poster) since fall ’07. I moved to Chicago yesterday from NYC and would love to get your take on where to find the best on Chicago’s live music scene. I’d also like to put faces to the posts I have read – so let me know if there is a show where I can meet any of you gents. Finally, as a frequent listener of the live sessions, I’d love to see where the magic happens. Any chance of sitting in on one?


Dylan Wiehahn August 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hi Hearya,

I’ve just finished putting together this music video for Bon Iver’s new single ‘Holocene’.

It was shot on the South Island of New Zealand and plays on the lost in the woods feel of Bon Iver’s music.

I hope you like it,


Beto Byram August 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’ve been recently really login’ Release the Sunbird. Has this one come across your desk? It’s the latest project from Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave fame. Give it a spin.


Beto Byram August 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Damn that autocorrect. . . . errr ‘login’. . . .

Beto Byram August 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

lovin’, sorry. . . .

Marissa Parent September 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm


first off, favorite music blog hands down. I’ve become completely hooked on this one band, the Lumineers, after watching this youtube ……

after watching this, i was on the hunt for a live show. finally, they made their appearance in NYC this past week and i must say, i cannot stop listening to them!!! they NEED TO BE EXPOSED. the demo they pass out really does not do them justice. check out this other live performance from the show on Monday….

on stage presence is like noting ive seen before, all SO talented. Im a straight woman saying I would consider swinging for Neyla, shes the cutest damn thing ever and ridiculously talented. HEAR THEM, HEARYA!!!!!!

okay, ive officially annoyed myself. have a great long weekend, all!

cosmicoldcrowe September 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

I simply would like to Thank you for providing a great site with great music and videos. It’s hard to turn down free music! So… Thank you for all your hard work and sharin’ the tunes.



Sol September 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Wow great blog! I really dig all of the music you cover and will be subscribing to this blog. As a fellow music blogger I am motivated by your blog to improve my own! If you ever get the chance can you check out my blog at and critique it? Good or bad I would like to hear what an established blogger has to say. Keep up the good work!

Darrik October 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

We seek to be a refreshing blend of catchy melodies and simple instrumentation for an overall sound that is a nod to nostalgic yet modern and fresh. We are named the Brocks after the last name of the two brothers that formed the band, and sing and write our songs, and this really represents the ideals we have as a band. If you look around in music you see so many people trying so, so hard. We named our band after our last name. Its simple. Its who we are. The idea of letting who we are take over in our music naturally, and unhindered by trying to look, dress, act, and sound a certain way, or to appear a certain way, is really one of the main driving forces behind the Brocks music, and provides an unadulterated musical experience for our listeners. That’s our brand. Pureness. Nothing contrived. Super real, and just really good.

John B November 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to let you know I really dig your content, writing style, and the layout as a whole. Very cool. I’ve actually got you linked on my site. If you get a chance, check it out If you happen to dig it, link me up!


tommy November 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi! we are a young indie rock band coloured with electronic and jazz. We released our first album and made the songs available on . There is also going to be a official release of the album which will be sold in stores and online. We’ve made an acoustic session which was filmed and mixed by us. We’re working hard to get it done,there’s a lot of job to do but it will soon be released on youtube. Thank you for following Modern Africa. Btw there’s no racial term about the name of our band, and we’re aged between 19 and 20 year’s old.


Maxim Senin December 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Hi! I found this blog in an online directory for musicians and it was listed as “one of the most influential music blogs”. Pretty cool listings here – found some interesting indie tunes to add to my shuffle.

I’d like to introduce myself. I’m a solo [self-taught] guitar player and song writer, and I had just released my debut EP album, “The taming of the wolf” ( I like songs that tell a story in first-person, usually involving love triangles, break-ups, unanswered love etc.


kat denison December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thanks for the Bailiff session…you discover the BEST music and produce it SO WELL!!
Can hardly wait til they get to Seattle…

tim December 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hey Guys, I need to make a switch on my email. Can you help me with that. Every time I try and go through the subscribe page, it takes me to a page that actually doesn’t allow me to make any changes. Can you send emails to instead? Thanks for the help! Merry Christmas!


Tim January 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

will someone please help me here. I’ve tried to find a page on your website to simply add a new address and it just doesn’t seem to exist for me. after I click the subscribe to link, it takes me to a page that that doesn’t have a space to add an email. I am currently getting emails at, I need that changed to What can I do?


Gage January 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hey! have you heard about this guy Old kerry mckee?

Bill Martin April 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I am unable to download the Alabama Shakes zip file. The page errors out with a ‘You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude.’ error. The link for the 404 is

Keep up the great work. Thank You.
Bill Martin
Bellingham, WA

Kaz April 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

A bit lost here. I found this website via another, and I thought I was in for a treat. I looked at and listened to some of the top 50 albums of 2011 and recognized…. one. The Black Keys.

I listen to alternative radio, I loved Broken Bells before they became cool, and the Shins (well, that’s an easy jump given who the Shins “is”) and many, many other bands that run an eclectic mix of alternative, alternative rock and whatever other odd classifications itunes decides to append to the music – irrelevant, if I like it, I like it.

This music — what is it, exactly? It sounded like folksy Americana and while I have nothing against that sort of music, it doesn’t *move* me – body or spirit – the way some of the lesser known alternative bands (lesser known is relative I guess) and some of the classic stuff does.

You’ve said in your mission statement that you’re here to share great music, and I believe you – but what sort of great music? Wasn’t Broken Bells one of the best albums last year (overplayed through one of the songs was, and that one wasn’t my favorite, the entire album is) – even with the overplay on alternative radio.

Do you have music that qualifies as alternative – perhaps no one has heard it, it’s new, indie, but not folksy guitar Americana? If you do, I’ve missed it – and admittedly I stopped looking hard after seeing your top two favorite albums for the year.

Help me out, because I want to find things here to like.

(also a lot of “dude” here – where are the women?)

Natalie Tooley May 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

I just found this guy on a smaller radio station and he is awesome and the song is awesome. Joey

Mark Hargesheimer November 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Love your site, thought I’d pass along a few new bands I haven’t seen here yet. Star Anna, Rose’s Pawn Shop, and Whale Belly. All certainly worth checking out in my opinion. Maybe I’ll see them here soon, Thanks, enjoy, & turn it up!! Hargo

Casey December 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hey Guys, Absolutely love the blog. I visit a few times a week and I am never disappointed. Hate to be this guy….but before you finish up your best of the year list, just wanted to make sure you guys had a chance to hear the White Buffalo album Once Upon a Time in the West. It’s by far my favorite album of the year and The Pilot is easily my favorite song of the year. I know you reviewed a few of the older EPs but I hadn’t seen you mention this one. If you’ve heard it already, then just ignore me… but I didn’t want it to slip under your noses because I think it’s amazing. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Aaron Gaita December 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

Hey there,

All I’ve got to say here is that my friends and I are all huge fans of the blog and have discovered so much awesome new music because YOU guys discovered so much awesome new music…so thanks…

Also I think you should check these guys out…Invisible Garden.
They’re a new band from NYC about to play their first show.

Here is a clip to one video on youtube that I think you’ll dig

Joen Vazquez February 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

think your blog site is Awesome. I have a album which is Located on iTunes American Born By JOEN I would like to know if we can talk about getting a news spread on it. Contact me back and let’s discuss further details.
I have blues rock on this album #11 I got something. Is the song title. Check it out!
Twitter. @JoenVazquez

MyMusic March 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Check out Jamie N. Commons new EP – Rumble and Sway. This talented young singer from the UK just played his first US show in NYC last week. He proves that the blues can steal your soul no matter how young or old you are.

Levi James June 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm


I was checking out your blog and thought you should look into covering Jeremiah Craig’s new EP “The Commandeer.” I think it would fit along nicely with the music you cover in your blog. It is a short concept, and not many artists out there are writing long, flowing stories like this.



Mary Benjamin November 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I was just stopping in to let you know I really enjoy your blogs.
I would like to share a Musician from Colorado with you whom I’m a very big fan of his music. His name is
Alex Von Z . Alex does all of his own writing and singing . Alex’s music is a soft rock , his lyrics bring out
life’s positive messages . I found him on face book one day and today I’m offering to help him spread his joy in making his music.
I think he Rocks it out today and I believe your readers would enjoy him as much as I do. I’m going to share
his links with you so that you can check him out for yourself . He is offering a free CD to anyone who word about his music.agrees to help spread the Thank you so much for your time .
Enjoy and God Bless

James February 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Bob Woodruff … you guys gotta check him out. His 1994 debut ‘Dreams And Saturday Nights’ is quite possibly the best ‘Country-Rock’ album of the 90’s. His recent release ‘The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain’ is just outstanding and worthy of a mention here.

“Bob Woodruff is a critically acclaimed songwriter and recording artist from NYC. More than a few top critics have stated that his albums are among the finest country-rock records ever released.

While Bob took some time to pursue other interests outside the music business for awhile, he is currently living in Los Angeles where he is writing songs and composing music for motion pictures, television and other recording artists. The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain was recorded in Sweden and there’s a mix of reworked old songs and new creations. A striking blend of country, blues, roots and r & b, the album features a dozen vivid musical character studies, skilfully rendered in cinematic detail, all bar one written or co-written by Woodruff. The title song was originally recorded for that debut album and was the B-side of his classic Hard Liquor, Cold Women, Warm Beer single that sunk without trace. Like so much of the material on this album, this song has terrifically ‘real’ lyrics and gets right under your skin. A nod back to his fondness for soul, especially Motown, comes to the fore with his reworking of the Supremes’ Stop In The Name Of Love. Spiced with steel guitar, his husky hurts-so-good baritone gives the song a whole new meaning.”

Thanks again for all you share and much appreciation indeed !!

Max March 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi Hearya Staff!
I’m a big fan of your blog.
How about an awesome Acoustic Guitar playlist?

It has attracted already more than 1200 listeners and was featured on

What do you think about it?

Thanks for the consideration,

Lauren Wasilewski May 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Hi there,

I am working to promote a young and talented singer-songwriter that may be of interest to your readership. Meet Brynn Elliott.
She recently released her first album, “Notions of Love” and I’d love to get you a copy for a giveaway on your blog.

Brynn’s strong, soothing voice is refreshing throughout her emotionally charged and thoughtful songs. Brynn taught herself to play both guitar and piano in high school and strengthened her skills by discovering songwriting as an outlet to help transcend the mourning of a friend’s passing.

Check out the Notions of Love recap video – Brynn Elliott — Notions of Love EPK

Her folk influences include Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, and her album was produced by Clif Magness, who has worked with Quincy Jones, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.

Ultimately, Brynn hopes her music will help people reflect on life’s struggles and joys. After she performed at Harvard’s Summer School, she knew she had found her true calling, and nothing fulfills her more than sharing her uplifting songs.

Before heading off to Harvard next fall, Brynn will embark on a summer tour with Tyler Ward. Before she goes though I’d be happy to set you up with a guest blogging opportunity. Just give me a shout and we can coordinate.

As I mentioned above, we also have a limited amount of Brynn’s CDs if a giveaway is more your thing.

Follow Brynn’s tour here:

Thank you!

marc September 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I just found your site today and wanted to download the turnpike troubadours session #118. I downloaded it but it deosn’t seem to want to play in iTunes.

Shirk September 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Marc, I just tested it on my end. Works fine here. Be sure to unzip (by double clicking it) the file before trying to add it to itunes.

Luke Winslow King September 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

Thanks for the nice write up, folks!

Daydreamer's Night Club July 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Please check out our new single, The Experiencer!

Ricky August 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

Hi Hear ya folk,
WHICHKIDS are best described as indie trash. In that they are guitar based, but super fun. No pretence. Get in touch if you’d like to give our single away for free of feature anything at all.


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