Some Things Can’t Be Ignored: The Treez “Tag! You’re It!”


Springfield music blog Some Things Can’t Be Ignored are at it again!!! This time they dig deep into the early 90s archives (1993 or 1994) to bring us “Tag! You’re It!” by Springfield power trio The Treez. From Some Things Can’t Be Ignored:

The Treez were a three piece band featuring Phil Seabrook on Bass and Vocals, Howard Freitag on Guitar, and Johnny Blazis (RIP) on Drums.  These fellas played ALL OVER Springfield and surrounding areas during the early 1990’s and had a sound that (in my opinion) perfectly envelops Springfield rock during this time.

You can head over to Some Things Can’t Be Ignored to read the full article and stream or download the full demo. Also stream the demo from The Treez below.

Record Store Day April 18th at Dumb Records


Looks like there are some pretty great things cooking up in Southtown for Record Store Day 2015, which will be happening this year on Saturday, April 18th! This year Dumb Records is an official Record Store Day store, and you can check out our official page on the Record Store Day site right here! This means that Dumb Records will be getting in a number of exclusive titles and releases for this special day. We can not say at this point what any of them are going to be, but you can look at this (very long) list of exclusive titles on the RSD website (which we won’t be getting close to all of). In addition to the RSD releases, everything non-RSD in the store (including new and used items) will be 10% off.


On top of all of that fun stuff, there will also be a four-band show happening inside Black Sheep at 3:00 pm to go along with Record Store Day. For that we have the long-awaited return of Central Illinois pop punkers, Horrible Things. Stream some of their music below. We also have three-piece Springfield/Bloomington/Champaign emo project Wir Können. We also have Slam Dinner and a newer Bloomington/Normal band called Unhappy Gilmore. Admission for the show is $5.

Find a facebook event for that whole she-bang right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up in Southtown in the coming months.

Calling Bands for Battle of the Bands: July 11th

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It’s that time of the year again, we’re looking for some new talent to showcase from the central Illinois area. And if last year’s Battle of the Bands is any indication of what to expect, it won’t be something to miss out on. We are starting to look for bands a little early this year. This year the show will be on Saturday, July 11th. If you have a band that is interested in playing or know of any, here is what we’re looking for:

– bands that have high school, middle school, or even college-aged members.
– bands that have not yet played Black Sheep, or have only played once or twice.
– new bands that have formed within the last year

Bands entering into the battle do NOT have to pay any sort of entrance fee or audition in any way. So if any of that applies to you, or if you know of any bands that will fit the bill, listen up! Everyone that enters will get a chance to win one of two sweet prizes: 4-song demo recorded right up in South Town Studios by Brandon Carnes (going to the winner of judge voting) OR a spot on Black Sheep Fest 2015 (to the winner of crowd voting). Get a hold of us at to sign up. Show us what you’ve got!

Photos/Videos of Screaming Females at Black Sheep 3-25-15



Today we are bringing you a few videos and photos from the show at Black Sheep this past Wednesday which included bands Screaming Females, Shellshag, Looming, and Kowabunga! Kid. It was the most heavily attended show we have had at Black Sheep in a few years and we all had a blast. You can find a few photos from the show above and below, thanks to AJWF Photography, Dumb Mud and a couple of others. Also check out a video of Screaming Females playing songs “New Kid” and “Hopeless” as part of the show Wednesday at the bottom of the post. You can also find a video of Looming performing their cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries here- a song they recorded and gave away to everyone who pre-ordered a ticket to the show.

You can check out our “vids/pics” tab for more photos and videos from bands who have played over the years at Black Sheep. Also check out our flickr page for a constant stream of show fliers and show photos from shows at Black Sheep and elsewhere in Springfield.11080855_346825762180843_1227770429800916924_o



Black Sheep, Dumb Records, South Town Studio Featured On The Vincent-Tennell Show


Quite some time ago (late last year even), our friends and volunteers Brian Galecki, Nighthawk, and “Dumb Al” went in to Public Access Channel headquarters. They were then interviewed by The Vincent Tennell Show on behalf of The Black Sheep Cafe, Skank Skates, and Dumb Records. Sadly, the Nighthawk portion of the interview did not make the cut (you’ll have to keep an eye out for that in the director’s edition). Brandon Carnes also went on to the show separately to talk about South Town Studio. In both videos all of our Southtown representatives get to talk about what all of our businesses and community is all about.

Today we are bringing you both of those videos. You can find them both streaming below. Each interview features some bonus video clips for your enjoyment.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Honey/Suck, C Is For Cadaver, WARRS, The Incorporated, Napalm For Breakfast

March 27thAfter an incredible show on Wednesday with a great turn out, we are having just one show this weekend at Black Sheep and that is happening tonight! We have the spoken-word act Honey/Suck, which we have not seen play at Black Sheep since last year in December! Make sure to stick around and catch that. We also have a solo/acoustic project called C is For Cadaver, featuring Brent of The Incorporated. Speaking of The Incorporate, the Litchfield-based band will also be playing tonight! You can stream some of C is For Cadaver’s music below. Also playing tonight is Springfield three-piece screamo/hardcore band WARRS. And opening things up is a brand new project called Napalm For Breakfast.

The show starts at 7:00 pm so make sure to get here by then with your $5 cover! This is going to be a really cool show, and you shouldn’t miss it! 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 in the near future.

April 20th at South Town Studio: WARRS, F///\\\M, Gadzooks The Boy, Gazeebo


South Town Studio have just announced their next show happening in the space and it is a wacky one! This one is another Monday night studio show, happening on Monday, April 20th (4-20). This show features all bands and noise projects that partake in straight-edge lifestyles (check out this Wikepedia article if you want to read up more on what that is all about). On the bill we have the newer hardcore/screamo band WARRS, who are also currently working on their first release at South Town Studio. We also have the one-man post-rock project called F///\\\M featuring Brandon Carnes of South Town Studio himself. Then we have a noise project from Champaign/Urbana called Gadzooks The Boy featuring Jake Mott of Single Player, Wolf Luv, Dino Bravo, and many more bands. Check out a preview of Gadzooks The Boy streaming below. Opening things up is a *very rare* noise set by Gazeebo- featuring Drew Kodrich of Asthma.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5 (no, you do not have to claim straight-edge to come to this). There will also be a bake sale of some sort to benefit Black Sheep. Check out 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 and in Southtown.