Tonight at Black Sheep: Band Lotto 2017


It’s time for us to give this band lotto thing a try once again! Tonight, is the Black Sheep Band Lotto Show which is something we have done four times now. For those of you unfamiliar with how band lotto works – back in September we had a number of willing volunteers drop their own names onto a box to be drawn into bands with random people to perform one show. That show is happening tonight, and it should be interesting! See the list of names that were drawn for the band lotto right here.

Tonight we will be going loosely in order of the bands drawn – starting with Band #1 and going to Band #9. Things will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5 for those who are not participating playing in bands. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this winter.


Exclusive Stream: Livin’ Thing: “The Godhead EP”


Surprise, are you ready for a hot exclusive stream on this here site today? Well wether you like it or not, you are getting a debut stream of the full new Livin’ Thing 7″ record, The Godhead EP right on our very site. Check out all four tracks including three originals and one cover(?) on that player embedded below.

The official Livin’ Thing 7″ release show is happening at Black Sheep on Sunday, November 19th along with bands Substance, Spell Breaker, and Undone. The record is being released by Rat King Records and will also be available for sale at Dumb Records after the release show on Sunday. Enjoy!

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Dumb Records Black Friday Edition Featuring Special Guest The Grandson of Larry Trello, Bassist in John Stuper And His Polka Band


With this being the last Black Sheep Radio Show today before next week’s Black Friday Record Store Day happening at Dumb Records, we have a very special episode lined up! You are NOT going to believe this, but as guest on this week we have the grandson of Larry Trello himself – Larry was the bass player for the legendary local group “John Stuper And His Polka Band”. We are thrilled to welcome Larry’s grandson in to tell us some secrets about his grandfather’s musical past and also his family background. In addition to that we will be playing vinyl directly from the store and also songs from exclusive releases coming out for Black Friday Record Store Day.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every day from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can stream it online during that same time at Also be sure to check out our radio show page for a list of downloadable episodes of the past.

November 24th at Dumb Records: Black Friday Record Store Day 2017


Exactly one week from today Dumb Records is once again participating in Black Friday Record Store Day – the number two busiest day of the year for the store (next to Record Store Day in April) and also number two biggest day for exclusive releases. This year the store is going all out and ordering just about every single exclusive release they possibly could. You can find all of that on the list below, or also head over to the Record Store Day official website for a closer look at all of the releases.

Dumb Records will be open for Black Friday (November 24th) from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Feel free to camp out in line! Exclusives are limited in number of copies, and will be sold at a first come first serve basis! In addition to all of the exclusives, the store will be holding a 50% off sale for everything else in the store, new and used. That’s the biggest sale we’ve ever done, wow! You can also expect some free coffee and donuts for those of you coming to the store in the morning. Check out that list below. Find a facebook event for Black Friday right here.

At The Drive-In – Diamante 10”
Albert Ayler & Don Cherry – Vibrations LP
Blue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1 (1969-1976) LPx2�Christmas On Death Row – Christmas On Death Row LP
John Lee Hooker – Black Night Is Falling LP
The Brian Setzer Orchestra – 25 Live! 12”
Various – Garage Daze: American Garage Rock From The 60’s LP
Venom – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik LPx2
The Winery Dogs – Dog Years, Live In Santiago LPx3
Lydia Loveless – Live From The Documentary… 12” / DVD
Southside Johnny – Detour Ahead – Music of Billie Holiday
Anthrax – Cary On Wayward Son – 12” Picture Disc
The Black Lips – This Sick Beat! 10”
Tommy Bolin – Energy
Clutch – Pitchfork & Lost Needles
Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz – Kings of Crunk LPx2
Ingrid MIchaelson – Alter Egos 12”
Willie Nelson – Yesterday’s Wine
Willie Nelson – Spirit
Iggy Pop – New Values
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Sixteen Tons 7”
Various – Silver Linings Playbook Soundtrack
Son Volt – Ballymena 10”
Son Volt – Straightaways LP
Various – Depression Series CD
Waylon Jennings – New Stuff
J. Dilla – J. Dilla’s Delights V. 1
J. Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 2
Latyrx – The Album: 20th Anniversary DLX LPx2
Lee Perry & The Full Experience – Disco Devil 12”
Prodigy – Keep It Thoro 12”
Three 6 Mafia – Chpt 2: World Domination LPx2
The Baroques – The Baroques
The Birds – You Movin’ / Boston 7”
The Fleshtones – Budget Buster LP
Panduranga Henderson – Ocean of Love LP
Los Straightjackets – Sing Along LP
The Minus 5 – Dear December
The United States of America – The United States of America
Various – From The Vaults (Obscure Singles Compilation) LPx2
Muddy Waters – The Best of Muddy Waters
Fleet Foxes – The Electric Lady Session 10”
Gorillaz – Humanz LPx2 Picture Disc
Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead Records Collection (Box Set)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation (40th Anniversary) LPx2
The Doors – Absolutely Live LPx2
Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas LP
Y Kant Tori Read – Y Kant Tori Read
Neil Young – Harvest Moon LPx2
Insane Clown Posse – The Great Milenko: 20th Anniversary LPx2
Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels – Chase Me 12”
Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits 12”
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther College (Box Set)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Run Stop & Drop!! 12”
The Autumn Defense – Circles LP
The Free Design – Kites Are Fun
Bernie Worrel – All The Woo In The World
Daedelus – Invention & The Quiet Party LPx2
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Techstar: Original Score
Madvillain – Four Set Remix
Third Root – Libertad
Piero Umiliani – Grazie LPx2
Benjamin Booker – Live For No One 10”
Big Star – Big Star’s Third Live Stroke It Noel LPx2
Sonny Clark Trio – My Conception: The 1960 Sessions With George Duviver And Max Roach LPx2
Danny ELfman and the Knights of the Oingo Boingo – The Forbidden Zone Soundtrack
Isaac Hayes – The Spirit Of Memphis LPx2
Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ LPx2
Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space
Poncier – Poncier
Procol Harum – The One & Only One 10”
Queen – We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You 12”
Game Of Thrones – Music From The HBO Series
Sondre Lerche – Solo Pleasure
Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins on Impulse!


Screaming Females: “Deeply” Music Video Filmed In Southtown


Tonight we are very excited to bring you news that hit national New Jersey based band Screaming Females are releasing a new song and music video which was filmed in Springfield right outside of Dumb Records. The video is a lyric video for their song “Deeply” which comes from the band’s upcoming album All At Once due out in February through Don Giovanni Records. You can check out the video embedded below. The video debuted today on and you can check out the full article along with that right here. From the article:

“The Black Sheep Cafe in Springfield, IL was kind enough to let us use the outside wall of their venue to create this video. All ages spaces like the Black Sheep Cafe are amongst our favorite to play because they cultivate community togetherness and have a deep appreciation for the arts!” -Screaming Females

The video was shot when the band came to town last and played at Looming’s album release show early last month. Check out a number of other music videos show in and around Southtown over the years at our vids/pics page.

Kate Laine: Recurring Dream


Tonight we bring you a stream of the brand new Kate Laine CD called Recurring Dream. How nice! This is seven tracks recently recorded at Southtown Sound right behind Black Sheep and Dumb Records. It is available on CD now at Dumb Records as well, in the shop’s local section. Stream the release on the player below. You can also purchase the mp3 versions of the songs on Kate’s bandcamp page.

Kate will next be performing at Black Sheep in ten days for the show on November 22nd, which we announced on our site earlier today.

November 18th at Radon Lounge: Shiny Shiny Black, Dietrich Jon, Tom Irwin, Peaches & Bacon


This upcoming Saturday, November 18th we do have your annual Black Sheep Band Lotto show taking place, but there is another show taking place at The Radon Lounge as well that we feel the need to tell you about. Just so you know all of your options for that night, you know? This one features a real good indie rock band from Goshen, Indiana called “Shiny Shiny Black.” Check out their music on the player below. They will be coming on tour with another Indiana project called Dietrich Jon. Then there are a few local favorites – including our good friend and local legendary musician Tom Irwin. Hi Tom! Opening things up is the bluegrass duo Peaches & Bacon.

This show kicks off Saturday over at The Radon Lounge at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Not sure on where the Radon Lounge is? Go inquire over at their website. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows going on in Springfield outside of Black Sheep (sometimes).