Tonight at Black Sheep: Don’t Mess With Winkie (Reunion), Los Injectors, Bad Banshee, King Worm


Tonight at Black Sheep is our big Halloween Show, and this will be one that you will not want to miss. Tonight is the night that all of the ghouls and goblins will come out to see bands and dance. The big deal on tonight’s bill is a Don’t Mess With Winkie reunion show. Don’t Mess With Winkie was a ska band in Springfield from 2006 to 2012. If you never got the chance to see them, make sure to catch them at the show tonight (you can also stream their music on the player below). Also playing this show is another recently re-united Springfield band, Los Injectors. Los Injectors have never played at Black Sheep before but they have played Skank Skates a number of times in the past. Also on the bill is the newer hectic ska band, Bad Banshee. Things will open up tonight with a bang with hardcore punk band King Worm.

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Make sure you wear a costume, even if it’s stupid! Find a facebook event for tonight’s show right here. Also be sure to check our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep and Dumb Records.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Our Lady, Alaska, Twin Cities, Loses The Mighty


It’s Thursday and we are so excited for this weekend here at Black Sheep headquarters that we are going to say that the weekend pretty much starts now. It’s a Thursday night and there is a great show going on tonight. Tonight features a performance by Springfield emo/hardcore band Our Lady. We also have the touring band Alaska coming to Illinois. Alaska is from Nevada and you can stream their music below. They will be coming on tour with a band called Twin Cities, also from Nevada. Come to the show early to make sure you catch Springfield/Central Illinois melodic hardcore band Loses The Mighty.

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep.

Streams: Slam Dinner


Today we have a brand new stream from a new Champaign band that we feel is worthy of mentioning. They are called Slam Dinner, and although they are based out of Champaign/Urbana the band does feature Mario Cannamela originally from Springfield and member of Soap Scum, I’m Dead Inside, and Wir Können. We are streaming the band’s five-song self-titled EP below, which was recorded right here by Brandon Carnes of South Town Studio. You can also head over to the band’s bandcamp page where you can download the whole EP at your own price.

Slam Dinner does not currently have any shows lined up.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s another week at South Town record store Dumb Records, and the store is gearing up for more record fairs and acoustic shows this fall. This week there are a few new items in including CDs, cassettes, and records. Check out some pretty sweet featured records from the store on the Dumb Records Record of the Night blog. Let’s look over what Dumb Records’s operating hours are for this week:

Tuesday (today): 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday (show): 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Used LPs
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – American Dream
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Joan Baez – Blessed Are…
Seals & Crofts – Diamond Girl
Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Going On

New 7”s
Hideaway/Cota – Split
Jacket Thor – In Our Blisters
Tyler Bisson – Picture Disc 7”

New CDs
Tom Irwin – Carry Me Home
Tom Irwin – Sangamon Songs
Tragwag – Maybe You Can Relate

Used CDs
Eric Clapton – Unplugged
R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
R.E.M. – Around The Sun
Tom Petty – Full Moon Forever

New Cassettes
Hideaway – Acoustic Sessions
Hideaway/Cota – Split
Sputter – Demo

Tonight at Black Sheep: Caterpillar Club, Tamagawa, Oldine (France), End Times Duo

10333732_10152732904955619_8504318309749158698_oTonight there will be a rare Monday night show at Black Sheep featuring a very interesting lineup of band that you really should not miss. We have two acts coming tonight all the way from Paris, France. Springfield three-piece shoegaze/sludge band Caterpillar Club will be performing tonight (stream some of Caterpillar Club’s music below). For the French acts, we have one project called Tamagawa and another called Oldine. Come find out what those two are about at this once-and a lifetime opportunity of a show. Opening things up will be The End Times Duo, which is some type of incarnation of the Springfield free-form jazz band The End Times Trio.

The show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Be sure to also check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep.

November 15th at Skank Skates: Occultonomy, Teen Freak, Silk


Holy smokes, it looks like today we finally have details on that ramp show going on during the South Town Record Fair that you all had been hearing rumors about. This one is happening early (2:30 pm) on the ramp of Skank Skates on Saturday, November 15th. It features bands that will also be involved in running tables and booths at the record fair. We have two-piece punk band Occultonomy, affiliated with the label Reality is a Cult who will be participating in the record fair. We also have Springfield band Teen Freak, which is affiliated with Dumb Records. Then the third and final band is Silk, which is a brand new Champaign/Urbana punk band featuring members of Rat King Records and Error Records.

This show will start at 2:30 pm on the ramp of Skank Skates and it is free. For more information on the South Town Record Fair and all of the fun activities that are going along with, check out this facebook event. Also check out our shows page for a look at every event coming up at South Town.

Guard, Acid Kat, Rat King and More Added To South Town Record Fair


About one week ago we announced the first ever South Town Record Fair happening on Saturday, November 15th. The record fair will feature tables and booths being set up by record stores, labels, and distros from all around the area. Since the fair was originally announced, it looks like a good number of labels and distros have been added to the event. Some of those that were recently added include Guard Records (based out of Springfield, Milwaukee, and Kansas City), Rat King Records (based out of Champaign), and Acid Kat Record (based out of St. Louis). Let’s take a look at the updated list of everyone participating:

Acid Kat Zine (St. Louis based label and zine)
Error Records (Champaign/Urbana label and record store)
The Garbage Shop (Taylorville label)
Guard (Springfield/Milwaukee/Kansas City based label)
Kuloolu Records (Champaign/Urbana label)
Ooey Gooey Tapes (Springfield based label)
Patch Records (Springfield based label)
Rat King Records (Champaign/Urbana based label)
Reality is a Cult (Galesburg IL based label)
Skeletal Lightning (Champaign/Urbana based label)
Swollen Lungs (Bloomington/Normal based label)
Waiting Room Records (Bloomington/Normal record store)

The South Town Record Fair will be happening from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th. The event is free admission and will be happening at Dumb Records and Black Sheep. Dumb Records will also be having a 10% off sale for everything in the store that whole day. There are also rumors of a free show happening on the ramp of Skank Skates during the event. Find a facebook event for the whole South Town Record Fair right here.