Lineup for Black Sheep Battle of the Bands on October 14th


TWO weeks from today on Saturday, October 14th the Black Sheep Battle of the Bands will be taking place – a little different this year since we are doing things in October instead of in the summer. As usual, two winners will be chosen – one picked from a panel of judges to receive a free demo recording at Southtown Sound recording studio behind Black Sheep. The other crowd voting award will be given a slot on a bigger show coming up later this year, possibly the Black Sheep Holiday Show? We have a whole seven acts lined up this year, here they are:


There you have it, 3 of those are solo projects and 3 are full bands, one might be some sort of electronic duo(?). ALL of these are new to the Black Sheep stage, which is very cool! Puff Puff Poseidon is based out of Decatur, Coop De Grace is based out of Carlinville, the rest are based out of here in Springfield. (Maybe Hannah Songer is back and forth between here and Bloomington). Let’s all come out and support these new up and coming acts and see what they have to offer!

Since there are so many acts on the battle now, it will be starting at 6:00 pm. Admission for those not performing is $5. Find 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 fall.


Nefarious Cloud: Espada 13


Springfield independent hip hop artist Nefarious Cloud is at it once again with a new album, this one called Espada 13. Check out the artwork above done by Milk Tirehaus of Livin’ Thing. Check out all 13 of those tracks on the player below. Also head over to Nefarious’s Soundcloud page where you can download the entire album for free. Find a music video for one of the hit tracks off of the album – “Arachnid” right here.

Nefarious Cloud does not have any shows currently lined up at Black Sheep. However, you can be on the lookout for some soon. Keep track of all of the Springfield releases that have come out this year on our album archive.


Tonight at Black Sheep: Hallow Point, Eyes From Above, Robot Army, Kryosis


Were there some of you saying that you wish there were more metal shows at Black Sheep? Well, tonight is your chance to come out and experience that, because we have a Saturday night metal show going on! This one features the St. Louis-based band Hallow Point. Check out what they’re all about on the youtube player embedded below. We also have the local metalcore group Eyes From Above lined up. Before that is Central-Illinois based newer metal band Kryosis. And up before them is the terrifying “Robot Army” from Jacksonville, Illinois.

Check out a facebook event for the show right here. That kicks off tonight at 7:00 pm and admission is $10. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

October 7th at Black Sheep: Scary Movie Night


Hey it’s more new and exciting stuff! A lot of you have suggested that we try movie showings inside Black Sheep. At the start of the summer we were trying this on Monday nights with a VCR, projector and a giant bed sheet. They went ALRIGHT. Now with October right around the corner it only seems appropriate that we try another movie night and make it a spooky one. So on Saturday, October 7th (one week from tomorrow) we will be hosting a “Scary Movie Night” in Black Sheep. We will likely be playing two movies, with the first starting at 7:00 pm. You can vote on a few options of which movies will be playing on the facebook event right here.

Again, that starts at 7:00 pm, find a facebook event right here. The flier may say “3 dollars” but we are going to go ahead and say that this is a donation-based movie night. Anything goes! Check out our shows page to look at what else is coming up this fall right here.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Brandon Carnes


This isn’t very exciting since he was just here about a month or so ago for Black Sheep Fest, but there IS another episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show and Brandon Carnes has flown in to co-host once again with regular host Brian Galecki. The duo will be accepting all of your best prank phone calls if you would like to call in to the station at 217-529-0312. They will also be playing your favorite local hits, including some cuts off of the new Looming album that we premiered on our site earlier this week.

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

*Free* Show Tonight at Black Sheep: Livin’ Thing, Bottom Bracket, Old Fox Road, Water Tower Water Terror, Alvo


We have a pretty busy weekend lined up at Black Sheep! That includes a big free show tonight, a metal show tomorrow, and then a mega huge show later on Monday. Tonight we are opening our doors to absolutely everyone for a free show – you have no excuse not to come out! Unless of course you are checking out live music over at The Radon Lounge, who also have a show going on. Tonight’s lineup has shifted a little bit since it was first announced. We have five acts lined up tonight, which includes the smashing hardcore rock n’ roll outfit band Livin’ Thing, which you can stream on the player below. Bottom Bracket was also added last minute as a replacement to Capitol Offense who will no longer be playing. Old Fox Road from Champaign/Urbana however is still on board. So is new Springfield solo project “Water Tower, Water Terror.” Opening things up right at 7:00 pm we have a solo performer in town new to the Black Sheep stage called “Arvo!” Come check it out!

This show starts right at 7:00 pm and admission is… free! Come out and bring a friend! Find a facebook event for this one right here, and also check out our shows page for a good look at everything coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Looming: “Seed” Full Album Stream


Today we are beyond excited to host the full album stream for Looming‘s new album Seed on our site. Check out Seed in its entirety on the player below.


Seed is the band’s follow up to 2015’s Nailbiter, both released by No Sleep Records. It has now been roughly four years since the band started here in Springfield in 2013. We got the chance to reflect a little bit on things with Jess, Mitch, and Brandon in the band.

I mean we basically started this band as a fun little local project that specifically wouldn’t tour. But when you have a community that’s as supportive as Black Sheep, you can’t help but go as far as you can, knowing that you have people who really believe in you. -Mitch Baker, guitar

With the writing and recording process for Seed, the band had to take a much different approach than with Nailbiter which was recorded by Brandon Carnes when Southtown Studio was in operation behind Black Sheep.

The writing process was really new to us because we had just moved to different parts of the country so it relied heavily on google docs and videos and demos. I would take the demos sent over and use a rock band USB microphone to record myself over them in my little apartment in Austin then email them back to Pittsburgh and we just did that until we had a record and finished the rest in the studio. – Jessica Knight, vocals/bass

Brandon talks about each of the band members coming out to Pittsburg one by one to record their parts for the new album. “It wasn’t until after the record was finished that we even played the songs together as a full band.” Jess says that the album itself has a theme of change and growth, which stems from some of them (herself and Brandon), leaving their hometown here in Springfield. With this album the band also brought in Nick DeMarco in on guitar. With Seed being released, the band is gearing up for their big release show at Black Sheep on Monday with Screaming Females, and a tour that will span nearly the entire month of October.

I personally feel really excited to play this show at Black Sheep and with Screaming Females because it really feels like everything has come full circle and we get to be back with our community. Every time we do this we know it is right because this is where our support system is. I’m just stoked that Screaming Females is coming back to town because they truly are one of my favorite bands. I would drive the distance and buy myself a ticket to see them, and here they are in my own backyard. – Jessica

Looking back on Looming’s four years as a band which now includes an EP and two full length albums, some slight member changes, members moving, multiple tours, and multiple tour vans, it certainly has been a wild ride for them.

When we started this band, we had no idea the impact it would have on our lives. We had no idea how many incredible people these songs would help us meet. The long drives. The van arguments that you look back and laugh at. The van accident. The outpouring of support from friends and strangers that helped us when the accident happened. Signing to a rad record label. You can’t plan for any of that. This band has absolutely transformed us, but still when we get together and practice it feels just like it did in the basement on 7th Street. – Brandon

The band has announced all of the dates for their record release tour spanning throughout most of the month of October. You can find all of those dates listed on the band’s facebook page right here.

Looming’s official album release show is this Monday, October 2nd at Black Sheep along with Screaming Females, Street Eaters, and Choir Vandals. There are still a few days left to purchase tickets in advance! You can get tickets online right here, or also at Dumb Records during the day. Find a facebook event for that one right here.