Graveswitcher: “Graveswitcher”


Today we are happy to bring you the debut demo of a new Springfield band that has not yet even played their first show called “Graveswitcher”. You can check out their new six-song self titled demo on the player below. Also head over to the band’s bandcamp page to download the release at your own price. The band features members of countless other Springfield bands including Moondead, Soap Scum, Livin’ Thing, Bottom Bracket, Prowess, Looming, and more.

Graveswitcher does have one show currently lined up in Springfield and that is one coming up on Monday, March 26th at Springfield house basement venue “CFP.” More info on that can be found right here.


Timothy Donavan Russell: “The Sound of Cosmology”



Good evening, it’s midnight on Tuesday night so we figured we’d share with you this new release by local solo ambient artist Timothy Donavan Russell that will take us all into outer space. This is Timothy’s nineteenth release listed on his bandcamp (there are probably countless others through his musical career). This one is thirteen tracks under the title The Sound of Cosmology. According to the description on Timothy’s bandcamp this is “samples of spoken words of scientists set to music. Featuring: Brian Cox, Fay Dowker, Brain Greene, Stephen Hawking, Lawrence Krauss, Hiranya Peiris, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson.” You can stream The Sound of Cosmology on the player embedded below.

This release goes along with an upcoming art show at The Pharmacy Gallery at 711 South 5th Street here in town. The art show is called “Cosmos” and features the works of Timothy and other artists and goes the weekend of March 9th and 10th. More info on that can be found right here.

March 4th Open Mic at Dumb Records


Oh goody, we are announcing our next open mic night and it is happening this upcoming Sunday, March 4th at Dumb Records, located at 1107 South Grand Ave East. As with usual Dumb Records and Black Sheep open mics, we have 15 minute time slots throughout the night up to be claimed beforehand on the facebook event, and we will make sure to hold a few to be claimed the day of the show. Here is what the schedule is looking like right now:

10:15-10:30 (open)
10:00-10:15 (open)
9:45-10:00 (open)
9:30-9:45 (open)
9:15-9:30 (open)
9:00-9:15 – Dennis Z Chavours
8:45-9:00 – Michael Hart
8:30-8:45 – Sydney Lynne
8:15-8:30 – Lucy Nora
8:00-8:15 – August Francis
7:45-8:00 – Emasculate Regression
7:30-7:45 – Emasculate Regression
7:15-7:30 – Foam Fingers
7:00-7:15 – Foam Fingers

As you can see the event goes from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm and there are still plenty of slots to be claimed. This one is free, and you can even enjoy a 30% off sale on everything at Dumb Records. Find a facebook again for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up in Southtown this spring.

March 3rd at The Radon Lounge: Veseria, Hushpad, Epsom, Alec James


The next show we have to tell you about happening one week from today is at The Radon Lounge on Saturday, March 3rd. First of all look at that wonderful painting by Chris Martin – Chris will be the featured artist at The Radon for this show. (The Radon Lounge has been featuring different local artists set up at each show in one corner of their basement). The touring act on this bill is a group called Veseria from Indianapolis, Indiana. You can stream some of their music on the player below. Then there’s another band more familiar to The Radon and that is shoegaze project Hushpad from Lincoln Illinois. Lined up before that is Springfield rock group Epsom playing at The Radon Lounge for the first time. Solo Acoustic act Alec James is opening, also first time performing at The Radon Lounge.

That show is at 7:00 pm and is $5 admission. To find out where The Radon Lounge is, you must inquire on their website. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows going on in Springfield outside of Black Sheep.

Tours: Looming, Yowler, Tigers Jaw


Did you know that Looming are already three days into one of the biggest tours they have ever embarked on as a band right now? We guess now would probably be a good time to tell you about it! The band is currently on tour with big national touring act Tigers Jaw and also Yowler. Unfortunately that tour is not coming to Springfield, but it is stopping through Dekalb, Illinois on March 16th. The band is playing at The Black Sheep as well, but it’s the one in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Looming released their second full length album Seed back in October with a release show at Black Sheep. Be on the lookout for another Looming show to be announced in Springfield happening later this year sometime in the future.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Prowes, No Cash Value, This Is A Stick Up!, Glower


Thanks to all who came out to the acoustic show last night, now we’ve got another one happening tonight! This one is more in the punk direction- for this one we have a lineup of bands from the area, a lot of them newer. Prowess will be making a return it looks like – playing a show here for the first time this year. Nice. Up before them is a newer band from nearby in Jacksonville, Illinois called “No Cash Value“. We also have another new band coming from Decatur called “This Is A Stick Up!”. You can stream one of their new songs “The Spaghettisburg Address” on the player below. Opening things up looks like is Springfield/Bloomington alternative-punk band Glower (pronounced as in “flower” but with a “g”).

This one starts at 7:00 pm and admission is just $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of what else is coming up for shows at Black Sheep in the coming months.

March 2nd at Black Sheep: Marbin



This is the first show we are officially announcing for March on our site here, and would you believe it March is just a few days away!! This one is happening one week from today on Friday, March 2nd. It’s a little different than our normal show setup because we just have one band performing for the night. That is Marbin – the progressive jazz-rock fusion band from Chicago. You can stream one of Marbin’s songs on the player below to hear more of what they are all about.

This show is also a little bit different because there are advance tickets being sold. The show is $12 in advance and $15 at the door (all ages still of course). You can purchase tickets in advance online right here. Also find a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else we have coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.