Kickstart: “Subdue”


Today we bring you a stream of a brand new Springfield release and that is of the seven-track album Subdue by the pop punk/rap-rock band Kickstart. You can find the album streaming on the player below or you can head over here to Kickstart’s bandcamp page where you can download the album at your own price. The band also released a long list of names from their facebook page that they would like to thank along with the release and making of their album.

Kickstart currently do not have any local shows announced. Keep an eye and hear out for any Kickstart shows in the future!

Videos: Sick Sad World at Black Sheep 1-17-15


Today we are bringing you a video from a performance at Black Sheep exactly one week ago, and that is of the band Sick Sad World from Chicago, who played their very last show here last week. You can check out the video of the band playing their song “Cornered” on the player embedded below. You can also check out some photos of the show from the AJWF Photography facebook page right here. Other bands that played the show include SAP, Person, and WARRS. Also stream the recorded version of this song and some of Sick Sad World’s other tunes on their bandcamp page right here.

You can find a good amount of other touring and local band videos and photos right here on our vids/pics page.

February 23rd at Black Sheep: Asthma, Safety Word, Sgt. Karate


Here’s a great three band punk show for you all happening here at Black Sheep on Monday, February 23rd. This show will be punk with a little hint of Black Metal. For bands, we have the band Safety Word coming from Chicago on their way down to a big festival in Texas. You can find their music streaming on the player below. We also have hit local punk band Asthma. And the third act on this show, opening things up is a performance by the continuing solo black metal band lotto project being called “Sargent Karate (Everyone Is So Pretty),” put together by Chris Yeager formerly of Like… With Jetpacks and The Gunga Dins.

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

Tonight at Black Sheep: Come Out Fighting, Loses The Mighty, Orator, Panzys, Fifty Year Storm, Hollowed Eyes


Tonight at Black Sheep there is some sort of mega-show going on and it features a whole six bands for just $5. (That’s less than $1 per band). We have a band called Come Out Fighting playing hardcore punk from Detroit tonight. You can stream some of their music below. This is also a great show because it features local heroes Loses The Mighty, who recently released a new EP, What The Artist Said To The Bird. The show features some other great hardcore and punk bands from the area. We have Orator, playing sludgy heavy stuff from the Champaign/Urbana area. We have the rowdy punk band Panzys playing a show here once again. We also have a new Champaign/Urbana hardcore project called Fifty Year Storm. And opening things up we have Hollowed Eyes from Coffeen, Illinois.

The show tonight starts at 6:00 pm (so get here one hour early) and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep this year.

Dumb Records St. Louis Showcase Show RECAP



Last week on Thursday, January 15th, Melt (restaurant/venue) was kind enough to open their doors and host a Dumb Records showcase show featuring three Springfield bands and one St. Louis act. Dumb Records came and set up a pop-up record shop, and door money also went towards benefitting the Springfield record store. The show was a great success, with a good turnout for a Thursday night. We can’t thank our St. Louis friends enough for letting us put on our very own showcase in their town!

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Today we have a few photos and videos from that show. Bands that played include SAP, Soap Scum (above), Diaper Rash, and Braining. Below is a video from part of Diaper Rash’s set. For even more videos of SAP, Soap Scum, and Diaper Rash, head over here.

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January 31st at Black Sheep: Hip Hop Show


For a second you may have thought there was going to be a Saturday where there wasn’t anything planned to happen at Black Sheep. You were wrong! A week from Saturday, on Saturday, January 31st we will be hosting another hip hop show featuring some great acts and rap battles. Our opening acts include three great solo performers and rap groups including D. Carr, Jayy Willis, and HISO Music Entertainment. Then we have a grand total of four rap battles (wow). If you were around for the last hip hop show with rap battles (the last one had two), you know how crazy things can get. The battles include Relentless vs. Boss Maseiano, Cerius Bars vs. Deezy Alfamega, Tello vs. Savage, and Southside vs. Twitch.

All of that is going to be kicking off right around 7:00, with doors opening then and the show starting sometime between then and 8:00. Admission is $5. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Southtown this year.