Timothy Donavan Russell: “Slower Than Your Heartbeat”


It’s great to once again have some Halloween music and sounds coming from local musicians once again for this season! Some of you may remember The Suction Cups releasing their Lost Tapes around this time last year. This year we are gifted with yet another release from solo ambient musician, Timothy Donovan Russell in time for the holidays. This is Slower Than Your Heartbeat – 12 tracks of horror music and special sound effects. Go ahead and blast that music for all of your neighbors to hear! Stream the release below. From the bandcamp page:

Horror music composed and recorded in dim red light. It’s alive but has no shadow. Beyond there are empty cages and pools of clear water in a cave where bats are waking, flying through walls, and crushing the ghosts flat against the spider world. At the dead end you wait for the demon.

This is one of nine releases that Timothy has put out this year alone. We are trying to keep track of Timothy’s releases and everything else to come out this year in our fine city on our local music archive page. We will be hosting another year-end poll this year as well!


November 5th at Black Sheep: Open Mic + FLQ (Canada)


It is time for the next open mic night at Black Sheep – we are planning our next one exactly one week from today on Sunday, November 5th. This open mic will be a little bit different as well because we have a touring act on board and that is the band FLQ from Toronto. Stream some of their music on the player below to find out what they are all about. FLQ will go on right in the middle of the open mic. We have a few slots taken, and plenty left open. Here is what the schedule is looking like as of right now:

10:15-10:30 – (open)
10:00-10:15 – (open)
9:45-10:00 – (open)
9:30-9:45 – (open)
8:45-9:30 – *FLQ*
8:30-8:45 – Hannah Songer
8:15-8:30 – (open)
8:00-8:15 – Kate Ridge
7:45-8:00 – (open)
7:30-7:45 – Kristin Walker
7:15-7:30 – Whitney Devine
7:00-7:15 – (open)
If you would like to claim a 15 minute slot, go ahead and post in the facebook event or send us an email to blacksheepspringfield@gmail.com! Admission for this show is sliding scale $1-5. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the next few months.

The Illinois Times: Best of Springfield 2017 (Results)


On Thursday The Illinois Times released the results for their annual “Best Of Springfield” poll, highlighting local businesses, food, musicians, and people.

This year Black Sheep was in the running for Best Small Music Venue, which we unfortunately did not win. However Southtown did get a mention in the staff picks this year as “Best Tenacious Upstarts.” From that section:

At the corner of 11th Street and S. Grand stands a veritable Mecca of youthful D.I.Y. culture, including all-ages music venue Black Sheep, Dumb Records, Southtown Sound Recording Studio, Boof City Skate Shop and a skateboard ramp. That ramp, Skank Skates, is now celebrating its 30th year and remains the cornerstone of a group of like-minded businesses which have put Springfield on the map nationally and internationally, with independent musicians from all over traveling to play the Black Sheep’s stage and then marveling at the surrounding environs. Ironically, waxing and waning local support can make daily survival a perpetual struggle but that makes the dogged dedication of the young owners and operators of these businesses even more heroic.

Thank you to the staff of Illinois Times for giving us that mention! Check out the rest of the results on the Illinois Times website, or pick up a copy of this week’s issue at various local businesses around town. We used to get the magazine inside Dumb Records but they stopped delivering it to us for some reason.

October 31st at Black Sheep: Starlorde, Nectar, Eric Marvel, Felix


We are terrible for not officially announcing our Halloween show this year until now. Yes, of course there will be a lot of Halloween-y things going on in town tonight including Dumb Records participating in the Halloween parade downtown and also Hobgob at Bar None. The 31st this year falls on Tuesday night, and we are having a nice Halloween show for all of you who are looking for something to do the night of Halloween! Apparently this will be the last ever Starlorde show or something – stream their music one last time on the player below before it is lost in time. We also have the hit pop group Nectar coming from across the pond in Champaign-Urbana. Then before that is the new-wave electro-tunes from Eric Marvel. Opening things up is “Felix”?

This show will start at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 or $3 if you are wearing a costume. 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 in the coming months (we are working on it)!

Tonight at Downtown Springfield: Halloween Parade Featuring Livin’ Thing + Pineapple RNR


Tonight’s a big night in Springfield music history! Tonight we are helping orchestrate the first ever moving show on wheels – bands Livin’ Thing and Pineapple RNR from St. Louis will be performing on a moving Dumb Records float as a part of the first ever Downtown Springfield Halloween Parade, organized by The Parent Place. Check out some of Pineapple RNR’s music below – the band features members of other popular St. Louis bands Lumpy & The Dumpers, The Wad, and Fried E.M. The parade tonight of course is free – for more info on the route downtown go to The Parent Place’s facebook event. There will be plenty of candy of course and free tattoos. The parade route kicks off downtown at 7:30 and things will likely go until 8:30 or 9:00.

We are still looking for volunteers in possibly walking with us and also helping decorate our float! If anyone is interested in helping us decorate, we will be outside of Dumb Records today starting at 2:30 pm. Find a facebook event for all of this right here. The weather forecast says it’s going to be COLD, but just be sure to bring a jacket!

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Bridgett Burke (The Parent Place)


It’s the weekend! Today is Friday so The Black Sheep Radio Show will be back on air from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm after a small Small Man break last week. We do have a special guest Bridgett Burke – who is executive director of The Parent Place here in Springfield. Why do we have Bridgett coming in to talk to us? Because she is organizing the first ever downtown Springfield Halloween Parade tomorrow that Dumb Records is participating in! Bands Livin’ Thing and Pineapple RNR will be playing on our big green elephant float. We’ll be talking to Bridgett about what to expect in the parade tomorrow, as well as playing plenty of local music hits.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. Tune in on your radio dial or online at wqna.net. Also check out our radio page for a few downloadable episodes of the past.

Livin’ Thing: “The Godhead Hates Him”


Today we bring you a hot new track from Springfield’s own Livin’ Thing – we just announced yesterday that the band will be releasing a 7″ next month along with a release show at our venue on Sunday, November 19th. The 7″ is called The Godhead EP and is coming out on Champaign/Urbana-based label Rat King Records. Today the title track off of that release “The Godhead Hates Him” debuted on New Noise Magazine online. You can check the new song out right here. From the article:

New Noise Magazine is bringing “The Godhead Hates Him” by Livin Thing. Livin’ Thing’s brand of punk rock is blown out and goofy. With dueling guitar leads through out songs and the plodding of the bass and drums, the band rallies around the raspy vocal approach. “The Godhead Hates Him” showcases all the highlights of this group, effectively energetic withoutout over doing it. The song comes off of the upcoming vinyl release, The Godhead, out 11/19 via Rat King Records.