Black Sheep Open Mic Tonight


Hey guess what! We just had an incredibly successful Record Store Day at Dumb Records yesterday and we are ready to keep things rolling in Southtown with this open mic happening inside Black Sheep tonight. The open mic will be going from 7-10pm and we don’t really have any open slots open right now, but if you would like to perform still come out and we will see if we can work something out! Here’s what we have lined up:

9:45 – 10:00 Bernie Flesch
9:30 – 9:45 Keller Carter Walsh Jazz Trio
9:15 – 9:30 Keegan Otwell
9:00 – 9:15 Logan Welliver
8:45 – 9:00 Nefarious Cloud
8:30 – 8:45 Austin Connelly
8:15 – 8:30 Kiki Walker
8:00 – 8:15 The Little Death
7:45 – 8:00 Archie
7:30 – 7:45 NYR (spoken word)
7:15 – 7:30 Cadclown aka Bomb Jr.
7:00 – 7:15 Bring on the Fall

Nice. We’ll be taking donations of anywhere from $1-5 at the door for Black Sheep. Also everything inside Dumb Records is 20% off during the event. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also check our shows page for a list of what else is coming up in Black Sheep this spring and summer.

Good Times & Company: “A Louder EP”


Springfield rock and roll group “Good Times & Company” have recently dropped a brand new 3-track EP that they have been giving out for free online called A Louder EP. Free downloads of the EP are available on the band’s website by following this link. Nice. You can also stream one of the songs off of the new EP on the youtube player below.

Good Times & Company released a six-track album/EP called Different Things last year. They have no live shows lined up on their site right now, but follow them on facebook to stay in the loop on any upcoming Good Times & Co shows!

May 16th at Radon Lounge: Listener, Jeff Williams, Layers, Milk & Honey


Our friends over at The Radon Lounge unveiled a pretty big show happening over there on Tuesday, May 16th. This one features big deal spoken word / shoegaze stuff act Listener from Kansas City, Missouri. You can *listen* to some of that *Listener* music on the player embedded below. This show is also exciting because you get to see Jeff Williams of the band NIL8 perform in the Radon’s basement. See Jeff perform NIL8’s hit tune “basement show” in this special setting. Also on the bill is the first ever show for a new project called “Layers” featuring members of Honey//Suck and Pryss. Opening things up is a special set by new downtown grocery store, Milk & Honey!

That show will be starting at the Radon Lounge at 7pm and admission for this one is $10 (yes, it is worth it). Check out the Radon Lounge’s website to inquire about an address. Find a facebook event for this show right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page which is not at all up to date right now.

Record Store Day Today at Dumb Records


It’s record store day today all across the globe! And the tenth ever record store day at that too! (The fourth one happening since we have been open as a store). Our store is already open! We started today at 8:00 am and will be open until 10:00 pm. We have shelves full of exclusive releases- and you can check out the list of what we have in store for that right here. DJ Tariq will be performing in our store from 10:00 am to noon spinning some records for our happy customers.

Then at 1:00 pm we will be having a free in-store show with three acts. That will start with MLR featuring Luct Melod. Then Skunkworks from Jacksonville, Illinois will follow. And last we have The Young Eyes from Hillsboro, Illinois playing some sweet psychedelic indie rock. Check out their new record (which is available at Dumb on vinyl) below.

In addition to all of the exclusive releases, all non RSD items in the store are 15% off. And that about covers it!  Find a facebook event for Record Store Day at Dumb right here, and also check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Record Store Day Edition with Special Guest DJ Tariq


As you all know Record Store Day is happening tomorrow at Dumb Records and plenty of other record stores around the globe. Today is Friday, so we have a special edition of The Black Sheep Radio Show lined up to serve as your guide to Record Store Day happening tomorrow. For this episode we will have regular cohosts Brian and Clare joined by DJ Tariq, who will be doing some live DJ’ing at Record Store Day tomorrow as well. The hosts will be going through the boxes of (still sealed) record store day releases and playing some samples of those releases on air to give you a taste of what is in store for tomorrow.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs tomorrow and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can stream it that same time also online at Also check out our radio page for some downloadable episodes of the past.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


Okay, so it’s the end of the week so tonight we don’t really have new arrivals for the week at Dumb Records, but hey here’s some recently stocked items in the store that will be on the shelves in time for Record Store Day this Saturday. Don’t forget that Dumb Records will be open Saturday for Record Store Day from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. There is a lot going on, which you can find out more about right here. There is also a sale of 15% off all non-RSD items in store all day, which includes everything listed below. Check out the long list of exclusive releases the store will be carrying for Record Store Day right here. Let’s take a look at the store’s operating hours for the weekend and then get into what’s new:

Friday: noon – 8:00 pm
Saturday (RSD): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm

New LPs
Futuro – Habitos Ruins

Used LPs
Al Di Meola – Casino
Argent – All Together Now
Argent – Nexus
Axis – It’s A Circus World
The Band – Moondog Matinee
Brenda Lee – Brenda Lee
Bud Powell – The Invisible Cage
Buddy Miles – We Got To Live Together
Carly Simon – Anticipation
Chet – Progressive Pickin’
David Bowie – Never Let Me Down
Dixie Dregs – Night of the Living Dregs
Duke Ellington – The World of Duke Ellington
Duncan Mackay – Score
The Edgar Winter Group – Shock Treatment
El DeBarge with DeBarge – You Wear It Well 12” Single
Emo Philips – Live From The Hasty Pudding Theatre
The Guess Who – Canned Wheat
Howard Jones – One To One
James Gang – Straight Shooter
Jeff Beck – With The Jan Hammer Group Live
Leo Sayer – Thunder In My Heart
Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane
Little Feat – Down On The Farm
The Main Ingredient – Bitter Sweet
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. – I Hope We Get To Love In Time
Neil Diamond – His 12 Greatest Hits
Oscar Peterson / Leroy Vinnegar – Sessions, Live
Patrick Moraz – Patrick Moraz
Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
P.K. And The Sound Explosion – Rod Stewart Songbook
Skatetown USA – Soundtrack
Spirit – Future Games
Styx – Best of Styx
Tangerine Dream – Rubycon
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Bless Your Pea Pickin’ Heart
Tony Mottola – Mr. Guitar
Triumvirat – Spartacus
The Turtles – The Battle of the Bands
Various – Fun Rock
Various – A Prairie Home Companion Anniversary Album
Various – Polydor Dance Classics

New Cassettes
Weeping Iniquity – Transvection

April 29th at Black Sheep: Tang, Letters from The Schumann Resonance, End Times Trio, Timothy Russell, P.I.N.T.


We have a whopper of an ambient, noise, and free jazz show going on here at Black Sheep on Saturday, April 29th before this month is done. You’ll have the chance to catch five acts all doing interesting things based out of Springfield. This includes the wild and noisy avant guard act T.A.N.G. who we have not seen performing at Black Sheep in a minute. Also a few ambient acts, including a project with the long name of “Letters from the Schumann Resonance.” Timothy Donavan Russell will be bringing the ambience to The Black Sheep stage as well- Timothy actually just came out with a new album called “Biosphere” that you can check out right here. We’ll have a separate post for that shortly. It’s also been a minute, but End Times Trio will be performing at that one. End Times Trio is the free jazz project featuring professor Richard Gilman-Opalsky who gave a talk and book release at Black Sheep at the start of this year. Looks like things for this one will be opening up with Pretend I’m Not There who’s music you can stream on the player below.

This show will start early at 6:00 pm since there is so much packed in to one night and admission is $5. Check out an event page right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page to take a closer look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this spring and summer.