HECK: “Preachers Kid”


Today we are bringing you a brand new and newly recorded song from Springfield/Bloomington project “HECK” which is the songs and works of Hannah Songer. This was recorded with the help of Southtown Sound intern and spokesperson B.J. Pearce who also performed percussion and guitars. Check out that track streaming on the player below, also head over to the HECK bandcamp page to download the mp3 for free.

There are no HECK shows lined up at Black Sheep as of right now, but hold tight and be on the lookout for more soon!


Four New Songs From The Little Death


Springfield alternative rock group The Little Death have released four new songs on their bandcamp this year. The band formed at the end of last year and feature members of former pop punk group Fill In The Blank as well as others. Check out each of those four songs streaming on separate players at the bottom of the post.

The Little Death will be performing at Black Sheep one week from today along with another rare performance by the band Vonne. More info on that show can be found right here.

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.

Evan Mitchell: “Busted Cigarette”

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Taylorville American solo one man band artist Evan Mitchell has done gone country! Earlier this fall Evan dropped his first country music single called “Busted Cigarette.” The tune comes from an upcoming full length country album by Evan, which we may have more info for you on soon. You can check out “Busted Cigarette” on the youtube player embedded below.

Evan Mitchell does not have any shows lined up in town right now as far as we can tell.

Looming and Screaming Females Debut New Songs


Wow, this weekend has been a good one for new music coming out – could you believe it but both Screaming Females and Looming both debuted brand new songs a couple of days ago on Friday! Both bands will be performing at Black Sheep on Monday, October 2nd – one week from tomorrow.

The new Screaming Females song is called “Black Moon” which you can find streaming on the youtube player below. This is the band’s first new song since their 2015 album Rose Mountain which was released shortly before the band performed at Black Sheep the first time around that March.

Then also on Friday, Impose Magazine debuted a new track from Looming’s upcoming album, Seed. The song is the title track of the new album – “Seed.” You can check out the song in the Impose Magazine article online right hereSeed‘s official release is at Black Sheep for the show on October 2nd. It is being released by No Sleep Records and is Looming’s second album after Nailbiter was released in 2015.

Tickets for the show on October 2nd are still available! You can purchase advance tickets for $12 online right here, or also inside Dumb Records at any time the store is open (every day from noon – 8:00 pm). Advance tickets will be available until 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 1st. After that they will be available at the door for $15.

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.

Stick People: “On The Floor”


Taylorville rock / grunge band Stick People have yet again released another hit single for a song called “On The Floor.” This one was also NOT recorded up in Southtown Sound – the band has been working on a new EP in our very own recording studio but are holding off on releasing those songs. Stay tuned for more info on that and info on a release show happening at Black Sheep in the near future. The band may or may not be also working on a new music video for one of the songs from the Southtown Sound sessions?? Stream “On The Floor” on the player below, recorded by Kevin Carman of Track 5 Productions. Head over to Stick People’s bandcamp page to download the track for $1.

Stick People will be performing at the show happening tonight at Black Sheep along with Undone and Rash. That one kicks off at 7:30 pm. They will also be playing Black Sheep Fest happening in just two weeks on August 5th, and another show on August 12th along with It’s Me: Ross, Special Death, and Bottom Bracket.