Today in South Town: Record Store Day


Today is a big big big BIG day for South Town with a LOT of stuff going on. Let’s talk about Dumb Records first. It is Record Store Day. Dumb Records is located on 1107 South Grand Ave and will be open today from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Everything in the store is going to be 10% off. There will be TONS of new arrivals in store for this day. You can check out that long list of stuff right here.

Let’s move on to talk about Empire Board Shop. Empire Board Shop is the new skate shop that just moved in to South Town right above Dumb Records. Today will be their grand opening. They will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm today. The shop has plenty of skateboarding merchandise, boards, and more cool hangout rooms with video games and foosball.

Okay let’s move on to the shows. There are THREE shows happening in South Town today. The first kicks off at 1:00 pm in Black Sheep. This is going to be a FREE show so you have no reason not to come. Bands playing that one are Built In A Day, War Magic, and Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts.

The second show is taking place inside of Dumb Records. That show kicks off at 3:00 pm and is also free. The bands for this one are all acoustic. They are Cody Jones, Ted Keylon, Blind Social, Self Proclaimed Narcissist, and Randle Travis. We have a new store setup to accommodate the space for this show.

The last show and grand finale will be taking place inside of Black Sheep at 7:00 pm. This show is $5, and it will be worth it. Bands playing this one include Crab Legs from North Dakota, Say Something, Kickstart, F*CK///\\\MOUNTAIN, and Spoonboy from Washington DC.

That is a LOT going on. Check out a facebook event for all of that jazz right here. Also check our shows page to look at a TON of other shows that are coming up in the near future.

May 31st at Black Sheep: Asthma, Akaname, Swamp Rat, Panzys, King Worm

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Today we are bringing you a show announcement for a show happening at Black Sheep later in May featuring a stacked lineup of Springfield bands that have all formed this year (2014). This is happening on Saturday, May 31st and will highlight the Springfield band Renaissance that we seem to be currently going through in this day and age. On this show we have Asthma, the new hardcore band that played their first show on January of this year. We then have Akaname, the new ska band featuring members of Lovecow and other bands. Then we have Swamp Rat, the new Springfield sludge band (pictured above, music below). Also on the bill is Panzys, another brand new and very young punk band. And opening things up is a brand new project called King Worm, who will be playing their very first show as a band. This will surely be a show not to miss.

This show will kick off at 7:00 pm and cost $5. You can find a facebook event for this right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at all of the shows coming up at Black Sheep.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Blind Social, Itto


Today is going to be a very exciting and action-packed episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show! We have very many surprise guests stopping in talking about the big weekend we have coming up among other things. First we have a member of the band Itto, the Chicago-based screamo project who will be playing day 1 of Dumb Fest 2 this year. We also have all four members of a brand new Springfield band called Blind Social. They will be talking to us and also performing a song or two live in South Town Studio. Blind Social is also performing at Dumb Records tomorrow as a part of Record Store Day. Another special guest coming in is Cory Yeager of Empire Board Shop, which will be having their grand opening tomorrow right above Dumb Records.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can stream the show online at Also check out our radio page where you can find an archive of downloadable episodes of the past.

Tonight at Black Sheep: JAG, Shitstorm, Slow Children, Mouthsex, Soap Scum


Tonight is going to be a nasty rock n’ roll show at The Black Sheep Cafe. We have the second ever performance by Springfield’s new trick-or-treat indie band JAG. Then we have a performance by St. Louis project Shitstorm, who is currently on a long spring tour. You can find some of Shitstorm’s music streaming below. This show will also feature long-running California punk band Slow Children, who are also on tour. Then we have Springfield disgusting punk band Mouthsex, who just released their demo earlier this week. To top this all off we have washed up old punkers Soap Scum who will be dusting off their leather jackets and opening the show up.

The show tonight is at 7:00 pm and costs $5. You can find a facebook event here. Be sure to also check out Dumb Records next door, open today from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. You might get a sneak peek at some of the renovations in the works for Record Store Day happening tomorrow! Oh yeah, and check out the shows page for more shows.

New Band Pages: Set Piece


Today we are bringing you a brand new band page on our site for Springfield rock band Set Piece. Set Piece have been around for over ten years now- since 2003. They performed at Black Sheep for their first time this past weekend with Dog of Panic, Red Letter Days, and a few others. You can check out their new band page and find out a little more about them right here.

Hungry for more band pages? You can find our full list of current band pages right here (there are a lot). If you play in a Springfield band or know of one that has not yet set up a band page from us, we would love to hear from you! Reach us at and we will work with you to set one up.

State Journal Register: “Record Store Day Events…”


Our local newspaper, The State Journal Register, has done a short article on Record Store Day events happening in Springfield this Saturday. This includes our big first ever Record Store Day at Dumb Records and Black Sheep, and also Record Store Day happening at Recycled Records downtown. From the article:

Since 2007, Independent Record Store Day has emphasized the importance of record stores — particularly as more people purchase music as digital downloads. On Record Store Day, a number of notable recording artists will release new music available only at participating record stores, and available only on vinyl discs (for those too young to remember, those are the large black discs that require a turntable to play).

Among the artists participating by releasing music on vinyl are David Bowie, fun., the Flaming Lips, Bruce Springsteen, Sharon Jones, MGMT and Green Day. The artists available at each store will vary, and only a few copies of each recording will be available.

You can find the full article by picking up a copy of today’s SJR and looking in the A&E section, or you can find it online right here. Don’t forget that at Dumb Records and Black Sheep this Saturday we will be having events all day long including THREE shows- one inside Black Sheep at 1:00 pm, one inside Dumb at 3:00 pm and one final show inside Black Sheep at 7:00 pm. Check out all of the bands playing those shows right here. You can also find our very long list of new arrivals we will have in the store right here. Don’t forget that everything in the store will also be 10% off! Recycled Records will also be hosting Record Store Day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm downtown. Their event will feature a live broadcast by 88.3 WQNA and also baked goods from Cafe Moxo.

Bands For Black Sheep Cover Show on May 16th


Today is one awesome announcement after the next! Right now we are finally announcing the lineup for the big Black Sheep Cover Show happening on Friday, May 16th! This will be our third cover show since the first one in 2011. This one is sure to be the biggest yet, there are a total of SIX bands playing cover sets that are sure to be something to see. Ready for the lineup? We have:

members of F*CK///\\\MOUNTAIN, AkanameDino Bravo as System Of A Down
Table Drama as Slipknot
The Complaint Line as The Pixies
Loses The Mighty as Comeback Kid
members of Jukebox Cassanova and Mother Leopard as Misfits
The Thunderous Green Fish as Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wow. That is one stacked and interesting lineup. On top of all of this the cover show this year will be a benefit to get a new heating and cooling system installed inside of Black Sheep. Those of you who have been around this past winter know that this something that has been much needed for a while. We are asking for a $5-20 suggested donation for this show to work towards the $1500 it is going to take to install the new heating/cooling system. You can also expect some sort of raffle involving Dumb Records and more activities.

This show will kick off at 6:00 pm. You can find a facebook event for this shortly. Until then check out our shows page for a look at what’s coming up at Black Sheep.