May 9th at Black Sheep: Mouthsex, Q, Yatagarasu, Femoral, Aporia


Hey hey we have a show coming up real quick here on Friday, May 9th to tell you about today. This show is sure to be a real blast. It features the newer Springfield slimepunk band Mouthsex, who recently released their first demo. This show will also feature newer band from St. Louis called “Q“. You can check out their “demQ” streaming on the player below. Then there are a couple of touring bands on the bill. We have the weirdo Texas band Yatagarasu. They will be out on tour with other Texas punk band, Femoral. Opening things up is a very rare performance by the out of control Springfield harsh noise project Aporia.

This show is at 7:00 pm and costs $5. You can find a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up soon at Black Sheep.

“Punk: Inside The Local Scene”

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Thanks to Black Sheep show go-er and volunteer here at Austin Duffie, we now have a great mini-documentary on the Black Sheep and DIY punk culture. The project was for a high school class project focusing on types of groups and subcultures. What Austin ended up with was this beautiful video he created (which you can watch below). The video features footage of plenty of bands performing at Black Sheep (Say Something (pictured above), Koji, boon, Akaname), as well as a couple of interviews (Bo Mellado, Koji, Aubrey Puyear).

Some Things Can’t Be Ignored: 217 Comp

knbIn Springfield during the early 2000′s, there used to be a group of hardcore kids that formed a group to make a zine called “Know No Boundaries“. This zine featured band and album reviews, articles, interviews and news. In December of 2000, they put out a comp album of songs from bands both dead and alive to keep the musical culture in the scene circulating. Old Springfield bands like The Goofs, Ingot, Fagalonius P. Hector, Park, N.I.L.8 and the Timmys were featured. This comp album is titled 217 represent and thanks to our good friend behind the Springfield blog Some Things Can’t Be Ignored (bringing us oldskool tunes on the monthly), this whole album is completely accessible for us to listen to here in 2014. So if you love the 90′s as much as you say you do, definitely give it a listen.

Check out the full article here, you can catch a cool interview from one of the makers of Know No Boundaries and 217 Represent. To see other posts about Some Things Can’t Be Ignored, check out the rest of the blog as well as other Black Sheep website posts.

LLCC Battle of the Bands This Friday

battle of the bandsThis year, Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a grand Battle of the Bands on Friday, April 25th. Some bands familiar to the Black Sheep stage include The Blind Social, Built in a Day, Dog of Panic, Full Chroma, Trepidus, and Negative 17. There will be three judges that get a vote each, there will be a people’s choice vote and there will also be a vote given to the band that raises the most money. How will they do that? At the event, there will be donation jars assigned to each band. The band that gets the most dough will win that vote, and all of the money raised will go to United Way of Central Illinois, which is a local organization that looks to make our community stronger by giving food, shelter, health care, disaster services and educational support to those that need it.

The winner of the LLCC battle of the bands will win a prize of $300, the second prize winner will receive $200 and the third prize winner will receive $100. There will be t-shirts being sold for only $5 as well as door prizes (like candy and karaoke machines). The doors open at 5:30 and the bands start at 6. This event is sponsored by the Logger Activities Board and Student United Way of LLCC. Check out this cool event, enjoy some music and get some free popcorn and soda! Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on Springfield musical happenings.

State Journal Register: “The Asylum Getting The Band Back Together”


Springfield paper The State Journal Register published an article recently highlighting the importance of old Springfield music venue and hangout spot The Asylum and talked about the upcoming Asylum reunion. From the article:

The Asylum remains a fond memory for many Springfield and area teens who hung out there. On Thursday nights, they watched “The Simpsons.” There were movie nights. There were shows by local bands like The Timmys and The Gunga-Dins and from traveling acts like the Portuguese Rodeo Clown comedy troupe. Between Steve’s substantial presence and the self-policing by the teenagers, things went smoothly for the most part.

You can find the full article on the SJ-R website right here. In the article talks to former Asylum owner Steve Brink, who now lives in North Carolina but is coming back to town for the reunion. The Asylum reunion will be happening on Saturday, May 24th at VFW 211 Old Jacksonville Road. The reunion crew is still trying to raise money for their event, and you can contribute on the Asylum reunion website. You can also read more about the reunion and more about the Asylum on the Some Things Can’t Be Ignored blog.

May 17th at The Radon Lounge: Kansas Bible Company, Looming, Derrick Streibig


It’s been a little while since The Radon Lounge have had a show in their basement venue, and we are excited to tell you about this little return-show for them happening next month! The Radon Lounge hosted a show at Black Sheep earlier this month for King of Prussia and Case Conrad and it was a great success. This show is happening on Saturday, May 17th. This show will feature the 12-person project Kansas Bible Company from Nashville, Tennessee. Find their music streaming below. This show will be the first ever Radon performance by the Springfield indie pop band Looming, who play Black Sheep pretty frequently. This show will also feature a performance by solo musician Derrick Streibig from Girard, Illinois.

This show will begin at 7:00 pm and will be $5 at The Radon Lounge. If you don’t know where that is then you can email for the address. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Now that Record Store Day is over (which was a major success), Dumb Records will not be saving up new arrivals in the basement! Everything goes straight to the shelves for you to check out! This week we have a big batch of quality used LPs among a few other things. We also have plenty of new arrivals that we had for Record Store Day that are still on the shelves, so be sure to come by and check out what we have left. Here is what is new this week:

The Alarm Declaration – The Alarm Declaration
Billy Idol – Don’t Stop
Bus Boys – Minimum Wage Rock & Roll
Dan Fogelberg – Souvenirs
Fabulous Poodles – Think Pink
Free – Fire And Water
George Thorogood And The Destroyers – George Thorogood And The Destroyers
George Thorogood And The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone
Gren Kihn – The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
Hooters – Nervous Night
Jackson Browne – Los Angeles, California
Jackson Browne – The Presenter
Joan Armatrading – Track Record
Kenny Rogers – Kenny
Kenny Rogers – A Kenny Rogers Christmas
Little Steven – Voice Of America
Los Lobos – By The Light of The Moon
Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw
The Marshall Tucker Band – Greatest Hits
Modern English – After
The Show
Off Broadway USA – OnRobert Palmer – Clues
Ronnie McDowell – Greatest Hits
Rush – Exit… Stage Left
Rush – Moving Pictures
Spoonboy – The Papas
Todd Rundgren – A Cappella
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Pack Up The Plantation Live!
Various – The Secret Policeman’s Ball
Various – The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball
ZZ Top – Legendary Texas Tales

The Complaint Line – Nickel Wound
Crab Legs – Still Young Still Broke
Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts – Give Away The Night
Red Letter Days – Sounds Like A Plan
Spoonboy – The Papas

Dumb Records will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm so be sure to stop in and dance!