Bottom Bracket: “No Pressure”


Today, Springfield technical emo band Bottom Bracket dropped a first hit single off of their upcoming EP, Dreamland which is coming out on CD in one week at The Black Sheep 12 Year Anniversary Show on September 16th. The song released today is called “No Pressure” and is the first song on the five-track EP which can be pre-ordered online right here. Check out the artwork above done by Kamila Glowacki of Nectar and Kowabunga! Kid.

Today New Noise Magazine premiered the song on their website, which you can check out right here. In addition to Bottom Bracket releasing their new CD, the Taylorville-based grunge rock band Stick People will also be releasing their CD, Lips at the show as well.


October 14th at Black Sheep: Battle of the Bands


Some of you may have noticed that we skipped The Black Sheep Battle of the Bands this past summer, as we usually host the event at some point mid-July. That’s because we are so dang busy all of the time and this year it snuck up on us, so we have pushed things back to the fall!

We are looking NOW for high school and college aged bands or musicians performing original music in or around Springfield!! If this could be you or if you have any leads on potential acts, please get ahold of us at! Performance times can range anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes, and of any genre!

As usual, two winners will be chosen – one picked from a panel of judges to recieve 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?

Start time is 6:00 pm for now – depends on the number of acts we have sign up! Admission for non-performers is $5. All ages of course! Find a facebook event for our battle of the bands right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep this summer.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Violence Creeps, Livin’ Thing, Boon, Spell Breaker


It’s been a bit of a break for us for shows at Black Sheep, but we are ready to come back strong starting tonight! Tonight is the only show we have going on this weekend, but it should be a good one! This one will be the return of weirdo punk band Violence Creeps from Oakland, California to our space for the first time since the spring of last year in 2016. Check out some new material that they have released since then streaming on the player below. Then also joining them as they did last time is Livin’ Thing – the incredible stretch-suit rubber band. We also have a rare Black Sheep performance by the band Boon – they have also released some new material since they last played here. Opening things up is Spell Breaker – another Springfield band with their own special sound.

This show will be starting at 7:00 pm and admission is $6. 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 fall.