“Heroin For My Heart” Official Release

This has been a stellar week so far & what better a way to start a day off than with a new single for all of you!

We are proud to share with you the debut single “Heroin For My Heart” from  In All Honesty

This is the first single off their upcoming LP titled “Of Heroin And Harlequins” that is due out in Mid-Late October! In All Honesty has spent all summer in the studio crafting this masterpiece of an album & we couldn’t be any more excited to be sharing this with you today! Be sure to keep an eye out for the LP release date coming soon!

This single is available for download on all major digital music marketplaces such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & Bandcamp!! Also make sure to check it out on YouTube, iHeart Radio, Spotify & more!!

“The Hallway Sessions” Official Release

Today we are proud to present the long-awaited début LP “The Hallway Sessions” from Indie, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter

Keri Lancaster 

This is the long-awaited début LP from acoustic, indie, pop, singer-songwriter Keri Lancaster. This album was recorded inside her home in Fort Campbell, KY in early July of 2014. This was recorded by Founder of Independent Ear Phillip Ryan Block as well as label artist & producer Clifton Derrell.

This was an incredible project from beginning to end & even though it was recorded in the hallway of her Kentucky home it brings a tells a big, heartwarming story of Love, Heartbreak & Life itself.

This album is will be available digitally through all major marketplaces & coming soon on CD! Make sure to stop by Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp & more to get your copy of this highly anticipated album today!

Two Release Tuesday

Another pair of releases officially heading your way today, been really excited to share these with you & now here they are… Ladies & Gentlemen.. Enjoy!


First up we have the highly acclaimed & long awaited debut LP from Swedish, Glam Metal/ Sleaze rockers Glitzy Glow

This album was recently given a glowing review from MadCapMusicReview here is an excerpt from that review

“……. Glitzy Glow has put out an album of extraordinary measure: full of pop hooks, flippant sentiment, well-constructed metallic badassery, and slick sounding choruses. There is nothing stale or dated about this album. It’s a true testament to what happens when a band can find the right balance between sound and style, and it should only be a matter of time before their Swedish glow is radiating over American airwaves.” – MadCapMusicReview

Amazing album now available on all digital music marketplaces & coming very soon on physical Limited Edition CD!

Next up on this Two Release Tuesday is none other the the historical “Live At Toad Hall” EP from the Folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter legend himself Danny Fox

This album was a historical one from the first lyric to the last note.. In the over 40 year history of Toad Hall books & records in Rockford, IL never before has there been an album recorded inside their store. This 3 level store takes you back in time unlike few things can nowadays from the what I can only guess is nearly 1 million vinyl records & probably over 200,000 books… it is a piece of history.

On the Saturday afternoon before Father’s Day during the summer of 2014.. Danny Fox & Ryan Block had originally set out to make a music video but instead decided to up the anty & record a live album.

This album is the epitome of what a live album should be… it not only features 6 beautiful songs & stories, but also humorous & insightful banter from the long time friends & business colleagues.

“In post production I highly contemplated removing all of the banter between Danny & myself leaving solely the beauty of his music but after doing so & then reviewing the songs again we felt that it would of lost the special touch that the rawness of the album in its original form had… truly live & mostly uncut” -Ryan Block of Independent Ear

This album is an exclusive release available only digitally & physically via our Bandcamp as well as through Toad Hall itself.. Order Online or pick up in the store!!

Busy Times at Independent Ear!

As you can imagine we are amidst some of the busiest times right now!  We are working to bring you music from some of the best in independent music today!

With that being said here are some upcoming releases & albums to keep an eye & ear out for!

“Live From Toad Hall ” by Danny Fox
“Glitzy Glow” by Glitzy Glow
“The Hallway Sessions ” by Keri Lancaster
“Heroin For My Heart ” by In All Honesty
“The Day Job” by  Clifton Derrell
“Subway Blues” by loft51
“3D” by Bobby Danger

Stay Tuned for those releases & many more coming your way very very soon!

We are also working on tour preparations for some of your favorite Independent Ear Artists and Bands such as…

First Turn
Danny Fox
The Obelisk
In All Honesty
Love Party
The Defeated Royals
& more…

We have been hard at work in the Independent Ear Studio as well, new projects coming from there soon as well!

For all things Independent Ear make sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter, SoundCloud well as our new Instagram!

It’s lining up to be one hell on and end for 2014 & kick off for 2015!!

New Glitzy Glow Album Announcement!

All you lovers of Glitzy Glow this is the announcement you’ve been waiting for!!


Starting tomorrow 8/26 through 9/8 the new album from the Swedish Glam – Metal Rockers will be available on the Independent Ear Bandcamp page for only $3 before it goes live on every other digital media outlet starting on 9/9/2014.

The Hallway Sessions | Pre-Order

Starting today August 19th, Pre-orders begin for the debut LP from Keri Lancaster “The Hallway Sessions” This album will be officially released on Sept. 23rd, 2014. Pre-Order yours Today!



When you pre-order the album you will receive a special secret Single off the upcoming album! Get your Pre-Order form here!

Christopher D. Sims Joins Independent Ear

We are starting off this week with yet another historical announcement!

We are honored to welcome to the Independent Ear Family

Christopher D. Sims

Christopher D. Sims


Christopher D. Sims a.k.a. UniverSouLove is an internationally known poet, spoken word artist, performer, and recording artist. Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Christopher has become a seasoned writer and artist since he delved into the poetry and spoken word realm in the late 90s.

Sidewalk Cafe, formerly of Memphis, TN is where he first recited as a spoken word poet. Christopher later came on board as a regular at Precious Cargo where he began to hone his speaking gift. Since then he made an appearance in Tennessee to perform at the Memphis Black Writers Conference & Film Festival.

Christopher D. Sims has been featured as a spoken word artist in Washington, DC, Toronto, Canada, ON, Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, New York City, Louisville, KY, De Kalb, IL, Chicago, IL, and other places. Christopher is one of the country’s top premier poets and spoken word artists, which has led him to become an extraordinary community organizer, activist, educator, and positive role model for the youth.

Most recently, he was accepted to represent the international website for independent artists Sound Cloud as their Rockford, IL area SoundCloud Hero (Leader and Ambassador) and has a new book of poetry released in 2013  entitled Universal Citizen.

Christopher has been known in the Independent Ear family since the beginning of the company back in 2011. Christopher’s work alongside North & Vortex in Ladder To The Sun and their 2012 release titled “The Naturals”  is what inspired our Founder Phillip Ryan Block to create Independent Ear all those years ago. Christopher & Phillip have been chatting about working together on his spoken word since those days. Fast forward to this summer… Christopher & Phillip ran into eachother at a local HipHop event that was being hosted in their hometown of Rockford, IL. The discussion began again about not only working in the studio but also in working on developing Christopher as an artist & helping him acheive his goals for his music & poetry.

Christopher has always been a great friend since meeting back in 2011 & I’m honored now to be producing his debut solo album. Working with Christopher is not only an incredible honor but it is also a great opportunity for us (Independent Ear) to dive into Spoken Word which is a genre we haven’t yet fully worked in. Christopher is an inspiration to many around the country for his work as a poet & an activist. I am one of those that is inspired by him.. Welcome to the family Christopher, I am proud to call you my brother!  – Phillip Ryan Block, Founder & CEO of Independent Ear

As of August 12th we will be hitting the studio to work on the new album from Christopher, so stay tuned for more on the album that has been titled  “Serious Fun”. For updates & more make sure to follow Christopher on Facebook & Twitter!