Ooey Gooey Tapes: “4 Way Split”


Today we are bringing you a stream of the newest and goo-est of releases from Springfield cassette label Ooey Gooey Tapes. This one is a 4-way split release of four bands- two from Springfield, Illinois and two from Columbia, Missouri. On the Springfield side we have two songs from hardcore rockers Soap Scum and then three songs from punk enthusiasts Asthma. On the Columbia side we have three songs from Pregnancy Test and then six songs from Dumb Fest 2 band Ski Mask. You can stream the split below, or head over to the Ooey Gooey bandcamp page where you can download it at your own price. You can also pre-order the physical tape from the page for $3.

Looming Recording at South Town Studio


Springfield indie/punk/pop project Looming are another band to give us some updates from South Town Studio right behind Black Sheep. The band hasn’t given a lot of information on what they are working on, but the band has posted the above photo with the caption “we are doing something today.”

Looming is one of the bands announced for an upcoming Plan-It-X Records compilation coming out this upcoming winter. You can find out more about that project and find a link to donate towards the pressing of the record right here. Looming’s next show at Black Sheep is set to be Wednesday, November 5th along with Our Lady and Dowsing.

Vote In Illinois Times Best Of 2014

10644719_934880479860165_351731861296198548_oIt’s that special time of year again, and Springfield weekly newspaper The Illinois Times are taking your votes for the Best Of Springfield 2014. This year you can vote for plenty of your favorite businesses and things local to Springfield in categories such as music and nightlife, bands, restaurants, shopping, schools, and more. Last year Black Sheep got to take home the award of being voted the best all ages venue. This year there is no category for all ages venue, but there are categories for “best small venue” and “best large venue.” Find the link to go vote below.


Online voting will continue until September 29th. The winners will be revealed in The Illinois Times on Thursday, October 30th in the weekly publication for The Illinois Times. Good luck!

Wir Können Recording At South Town Studio

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It looks like you can add Wir Können to the long list of bands that are currently working hard with Brandon Carnes in South Town Studio right behind Black Sheep. Wir Können is a new and revamped emo super project featuring three Springfield college kids (Mario Cannamela, Austin Connelly, and Mitch Baker) who currently live in Champaign/Urbana and Bloomington/Normal. From the Wir Können Facebook:

Recording went great this past Saturday, two new tracks coming your way!

Be on the lookout for those new Wir Können tracks very soon. Those of you who listened to the Black Sheep ninth anniversary edition of the Black Sheep Radio Show this past Friday might have caught a sneak peak. Wir Können also does not have any shows lined up currently but you can be on the lookout for some very soon.


October 17th at Black Sheep: Maps For Travelers, Mystery Gift, The Oceanographers, Deadron, JAG


Today we have a spooky show announcement for a show happening on Friday, October 17th. This show we have the No Sleep Records band Maps For Travelers coming from Kansas City. For this show we also have the surf/indie rock band The Oceanographers coming from a skip and a hop away over at Peoria, Illinois. Sounds like fun. Then we have Freeport, Illinois band Deadron. They are an indie/punk band. We also have very alternative band Mystery Gift playing for us all. And last but not least the spookiest band in all of Springfield will be playing this show, JAG.

This show will be a 7:00 pm show costing $5. You can find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Black Sheep 9 Year Anniversary Show


Tonight is a night of celebration around South Town, and we are celebrating Black Sheep being nine years old as an all ages venue in Springfield (starting in 2005). We have a great lineup of local bands tonight and that includes Caterpillar Club featuring Black Sheep owner Kevin Bradford. We also have a big reunion show for old powerviolence project HK47. Check out an old video of them playing in a carpeted Black Sheep below. Also on this show is Central Illinois melodic hardcore band Loses The Mighty. Opening things up is hardcore punk band Asthma.

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and costs $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also don’t forget to check out our long list of upcoming shows on our shows page as Black Sheep enters our tenth year of being an all ages venue.

Teen Freak: “Succubus”


Today we are bringing a very special stream from a band that formed from Black Sheep’s first ever band lotto that we hosted earlier in August. The band is called Teen Freak and features members of bands RDNT, Looming, and Soap Scum. The band is streaming their first ever song called “Succubus.” You can check that out here on bandcamp or also streaming below.

Along with the stream, the band is also announcing that they will be releasing their demo cassette on September 18th (one week from today) through Rat King Records based out of Champaign/Urbana. The cassette will be available at the show at Black Sheep with Secret Tombs, JAG, and F///\\\M, and also at Dumb Records.