Tonight at Black Sheep: The Zoo (Comedy Group), Alec James, Whitney Devine, Dexter Anodyne, AWHN


Tonight inside our space! This is going to be an interesting night because we have a Central Illinois-based comedy/improv group called “The Zoo” coming to perform inside Black Sheep. We are not exactly sure what to expect, so we are all in for a wild ride together! In addition to The Zoo we have a normal number of performing acts as well. This includes local singer/songwriter from the heart Alec James. Also local solo performer Whitney Devine. Then a new solo act from Pawnee Illinois who has not yet played at Black Sheep – Dexter Anodyne. Opening things up we have a performance by none other than local hip hop project Animals With Human Names! Stream the newest tape release by A.W.H.N. on the player below.

Things kick off tonight at 7:00 pm. Admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of upcoming shows at Black Sheep this summer.



DUMB FEST 6 Final Poster + Lineup + Tickets


It’s officially summer, trucks are running into buildings next door to us, and Dumb Fest #6 is coming up even faster- now just 22 days away! Today we are presenting to you a finalized poster, and lineup, as well as a link to pre-order tickets. Check out that poster art above, done by Brian Galecki. There will be printed versions, possibly to those who pre-order tickets, possibly screen prints?

Check out a list of the finalized lineup with links to hear all of the bands right here on our Dumb Fest 6 page. There are once again 50 bands playing this year, this time coming from 16 different states.

You can find tickets to pre-order online right here. They will also be available at Dumb Records during store hours (noon – 8pm every day) hopefully starting tomorrow if everything goes as planned.

Find a facebook event for Dumb Fest 6 right here. We will also be holding a meeting at 8:00 pm tonight inside Dumb Records for anyone interested in helping out more with the festival. These are exciting times!

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s another week at Dumb Records, so we have more piles of used records and cassettes coming in the store (1107 South Grand Ave. East). Exciting things are happening at the store as we are gearing up for more re-modeling and we are also diving into the world of online sales through Discogs. Did you know that Dumb Records has the second most expensive album in the world listed for sale right now? The price listed matches the U.S. National Debt. Who knew! Follow this crazy endeavor and others like it on the Dumb Records twitter page. Let’s take a look at the store’s hours for the week and then get into new arrivals:

Wednesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday: noon – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
Al Hirt – In Love With You
Anka – Times Of Your Life
Arthur Fiedler / Boston Pops – America: A Bicentennial Salute
Bat McGrath – From The Blue Eagle
The Beatles – Meet The Beatles
The Beatles – Beatles ‘65
Boots Randolph – Sunday Sax
Burt Bacharach – Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Charles Gross – Great American Songs
Chubby Checker – Your Twist Party
Connie Smith – I Never Once Stopped Loving You
Crystal Gayle – Classic Crystal Gayle
Crystal Gayle – Greatest Hits
David Rose – The Stripper
Don Williams – I Believe In You
Dora Hall – Country Western
The Dukes of Dixieland – Now Here This…
Eddy Arnold – The Easy Way
Edith Piaf – The Great Edith Piaf
Elvis Presley – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Faron Young – It’s Four In The Morning
Felix Slatkin – Paradise Found
The Four Freshmen – The Four Freshmen and Five Guitars
The Four Roses – Join The Four Roses Song Fest
Frankie Carle – 30 Hits of the Tuneful ‘20s
Freddy Martin – Seems Like Old Times
George Shearing – I Hear Music
Henry Mancini – Artie Kane Plays Organ
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – The Brass Are Comin’
Horst Jankowski – The Genius of Jankowski!
Hugo Montenegro – Colours of Love
Illinois Country Opry – Ninth Anniversary Album
Ink Spots And Mills Brothers – Moonlight Memories
The Ink Spots – Ping Pong Percussion
Jack Jones – Our Song
Jean Redpath – Love Is Teasin’
Jimmy Swaggart – You Don’t Need To Understand
John Davidson – My Best To You
Johnny Rivers – A Touch of Gold
Les & Larry Elgart – Command Performance!
Liberace – Liberace Tonight!
Lita Ford – Lita
Matt Monro – The Best of Matt Monro
The Mills Brothers – The Mills Brothers Sing Vol. II
Peter Nero – Plays Born Free and Others
Red Steagall – Somewhere My Love
Roy Drusky – Peaceful Easy Feeling
Roy Drusky – Roy Drusky
Roy Drusky – Now Is A Lonely Time
Semper Fidelis – The Marches of John Philip Sousa
Shay Torrent – Sound Spectrum
Sonny James – Only The Lonely
Ted Weems – The Exciting Sounds of Bobby Freedmen
The Three Suns – The Best of the Three Suns
Various – Audition Autumn 1967
Various – The Ballet Album
Various – Easy Jazz
Various – Disco Party
Various – More World War II Songs
Various – Paint Your Wagon: Music From The Soundtrack
Various – Saturday Night at Mickie Finn’s
Webley Edwards – Romantic Instrumentals of The Islands

Used Cassettes
Adam Ant – Manners & Physique
Beatnik Termites – Beatnik Termites
Biohazard – Urban Discipline
Body Count – Born Dead
Bongwater – The Power of Pussy
Buddy Holly – Everyday is A Holly Day
Butthole Sufers – Independent Worm Saloon
Choice – The Big Payback
Citizen King – Citizen King
Crazy 8’s – Nervous In Suburbia
Die Kreuzen – Gone Away E.P.
Dink – Dink
D.O.A. – The Third And Final Report
Evan Johns & His H-Bombs – Bombs Away
A Flock of Seaguls – Listen
Fred Schneider – Just Fred
The Godfathers – Birth, School, Work, Death
Greg Ginn – Getting Even
Gumball – Super Tasty
Flat Duo Jets – Go Go Harlem Baby
Helmet – Helmet
INXS – The Swing
Jawbox – Novelty
Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule
King Dapper Combo – The Other Half “A” Party
Lunachicks – Jerk of All Trades
Membranes – Kiss Ass… Godhead
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Singles
Royal Crescent Mob – Spin The World
Sha Na Na – 20 Greatest Hits
Splinter – Splinter
Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union
Various – Party Time 50’s
The Vibrators – The Power of Money
Violent Femmes – 3
X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents
Youth of Today – Break Down The Walls
60 Ft Dolls – The Big 3

New Cassettes
The Dixie Narcus – Neurotic Satanic

Epsom: “Redundancy EP”


We are way late on this (catching up on a lot of Springfield music that has been released so far this year)!! But Springfield alternative rock group Epsom has released a brand new 4-track EP earlier this year. The EP is called Redundancy and can be streamed on the player below. You can also head on over to the Epsom bandcamp page to download this release at your own price.

Epsom does not have any local shows lined up that we know of currently. They are performing in Indianapolis before this month is done. Scott Faingold of the band is one of those involved in the creation of the new Activator Magaizine debuting with a first issue at the start of June.

May 28th at Black Sheep: Looming, Lola Tried, Spell Breaker, Telephone Junkies


We have a pretty huge show coming to you here at Black Sheep before this month is over – happening this Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th. That’s right, we have Looming making a return and playing their first local show since their last LP release show for their second album Seed back in October. We are very excited to have them back! This time Looming have friends Lola Tired coming on tour from Austin, Texas. You can stream some of their music on the player below. This will all be preceded by local blues punk rock band Spell Breaker from right here in Springfield. Opening things up is the indie rock alternative talent of The Telephone Junkies also from right here in town.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $8. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer.

*New* Activator Magazine Coming To Springfield New Month


This is certainly exciting news for all of Springfield music and art as a whole! A brand new monthly publication put together by some of those who have been involved with The Illinois Times (Scott Faingold) as well as gathering other writers and contributors from all over the city. The new magazine is being called “Activator” and the first issue is due out at the beginning of June. You will be able to pick up copies of Activator Magazine at the locations listed on the flier above, which includes Black Sheep and Dumb Records!

The first issue (cover shown above) includes and interview with Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of Looming as well as an in-depth look at the upcoming Dumb Fest 6! Anyone interested in contributing to further issues or with any questions can contact You can also give Activator Magazine a “like” on facebook and follow what their up to on facebook.

May 21st at Black Sheep: Pink Thing, La Louve, Pryss, Graveswitcher


We have a hardcore show coming up at Black Sheep one week from today on Monday, May 21st that you all should be excited about. It features touring band Pink Thing from Dallas, Texas. Stream their new flaming hot EP on the player embedded below. On this show we also have the Springfield return of Champaign/Urbana punk band La Louve… and their last show ever? Is this true? These two out of town acts will be paired up with two local Springfield heavy hitting hardcore acts – including Pryss. Opening things up is the new hardcore explosion band Graveswitcher.

Find a facebook event for this show right here. Admission for this one is $5, and things start at 7:00 pm. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer!