Tours: Small Man


Earlier this past summer a new project from both Springfield and Tornonto, Canada called “Small Man” was born and a demo was released under Prescience Tapes. This week this “Small Man” band will be performing their first ever shows, and even going on a week long tour. Unfortunately none of these shows are in Springfield or anywhere too close! This special international lineup of The Small Man features members of bands Mace, Asthma, Soap Scum, and Baghead (with members from Springfield, Toronto, and Hattiesburg). Here is what cities they will be stopping through starting on Tuesday:

10.17 – Kansas City, MO
10.18 – Oklahoma City, OK
10.19 – Denton, TX
10.20 – Hattiesburg, MS
10.21 – Birmingham, AL
10.22 – Lexington, KY

The last date in Lexington, Kentucky is Dispuppy Fest where other Springfield bands Livin’ Thing and Pryss will also be performing. Good luck to the Small Man out there!


Tours: Livin’ Thing + Dream Probe


Starting as early as yesterday, two Central Illinois punk bands who also just got done playing Dumb Fe5t – Livin’ Thing and Dream Probe are heading out on tour for ten days or so. The bands will be performing together most of these dates. The Livin’ Thing tour dates (starting today) are as follows:

*6/21 – BLOOMINGTON, IN @ KROGER CASTLE w/ Skull Cult, Doozie
6/23 – MADISON, WI @ MICKEY’S TAVERN w/ The Hussy, Juiceboxxx, Screwtape
*6/24 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ SEWARD COMMUNITY CAFE w/ Neotypes, Brendan Wells Plant Music
*6/25 – MILWAUKEE, WI @ QUARTER’S ROCK N’ ROLL PALACE w/ Nuclear Family, Future Mark, Law/Less
*6/26 – DES MOINES, IA @ THE FREMONT w/ The Sleepover, This Curse Divine
*6/27 – OMAHA, NE @ THE WEST WING w/ BiB, Justified Aggression
7/1 – SPRINGFIELD, IL @ BLACK SHEEP w/ Food & Money, Backwards Day, Spellbreaker

And of course the last date listed above is right here at Black Sheep on Saturday, July 1st for the big reunion show of all reunion shows – with Food & Money, Backwards Day, Livin’ Thing, and Spell Breaker.

Check out a facebook event for this big summer tour right here. Stream Dream Probe’s new demo on the player below.

Tours: Hospital Job (Europe)


We are excited to hear that Springfield’s own pop punk group Hospital Job will be heading overseas for the second time to Europe this spring! The band has a good number of dates planned in May in Europe. Check those out on the tour poster above or also below:

03.05 Lyon @ Ninkasi Kafé
04.05 Bern @ PlanetSpade
05.05 Estavayer le Lac @ Pub du Cerf
06.05 Zurich @ Obenuse Fest
07.05 Innsbruck @ Jelly Fish
08.05 Wien @ Kramladen
09.05 Graz @ Sub
10.05 Monteccio Maggiore @ Circolo la Mesa
11.05 Milan @ Spazio Lageria
12.05 Livorno @ Surfer Joe
13.05 Massa Carrara @ Bar Pepper

Hospital Job does not have any shows lined up in Springfield currently as far as we know. The band put out their third album Never Get Cold in 2015 and a 7″ split with Capitalist Kids late last year.

Tours: Looming


Former-Springfield, now all-over-America band Looming have announced their next big tour, which includes a trip around the midwest, south to Florida, and then to Texas for South by Southwest Festival in Texas this March. Springfield is included as a stop on this tour- you can expect more details about a Looming show on Wednesday, March 8th to come from us very shortly! The band is also currently working hard in the studio on their next release to follow up Nailbiter released in 2015 on No Sleep Records. Check out those tour dates below:

3-3: Pittsburgh, PA
3-5: Cleveland, OH
3-6: Chicago, IL
3-8: Springfield, IL
3-9: Cincinnati, OH
3-1o: Columbus, OH
3-11: Nashville, TN
3-12: Tallahasee, FL
3-13: TBA
3-14: Austin, TX
3-15: Austin, TX
3-16: Austin, TX
3-17: Austin, TX

Tours: Pretend I’m Not There / Hungry Foxes


Looks like local ambient project “Pretend I’m Not There” put together by B.J. Pearce aka “Whistletooth Jack” is heading out on the road. This run is going to be with other Kansas City, Missouri based solo artist Hungry Foxes. Here are the dates for that:

12/12: KCMO @ Records with Merrit
12/14: Murray KY @ Terrapin Station
12/15: Memphis TN RockHouse Live Midtown
12/16: Birmingham AL @ Rikki’s Houseee
12/17: Lexington KY @Hometron
12/18: Louisville KY @ Somewhere with some FLESH
12/19: Bloomington IN @ The Void

Check out a facebook event for the whole tour right here, where you can also find more info on each of the individual shows. Looks like the next Pretend I’m Not There Springfield show isn’t until February 18th, which we will be announcing later on. Pretend I’m Not There released a debut tape entitled “Transient” earlier last month, which you can check out right here or streaming below.

Tours: Livin’ Thing


It looks like the Livin’ Thing “band” will be heading out on the road next month in September. The band will be heading out for eleven days to the areas south of us, such as Texas. Check out the full list of dates below:

9/2: ST. LOUIS, MO w/Prom Nite, Mirror Mirror, Glowing One @ TBA
9/3: COLUMBIA, MO w/Prom Nite, Mirror Mirror, It’s Me Ross, Turbo Lover @ Gay House
9/4: KANSAS CITY, MO w/BIB, Warm Bodies, Blindside @ Snake Tank
9/5: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK w/BIB @ 89th Street Collective
9/6: FORT WORTH, TX w/BIB, Kept In Line, SSTD, Nihilistic Fit @ 1919
9/7: AUSTIN, TX w/BIB @ Shirley’s Temple
9/10: LITTLE ROCK, AR w/FAD, Peach Blush @ Hollow House
9/11: BIRMINGHAM, AL w/FAD @ Hot Dog Jack’s
9/12: MURRAY, KY w/Pigeons, Mazozma @ Terrapin Station
9/16: SPRINGFIELD, IL Black Sheep 11 Year Anniversary Show

You can stream Livin’ Thing’s hit demo on the player embedded below. It also looks like the band will be playing some sort of secret show tomorrow night which we really don’t know anything about. They will also be playing a Black Sheep 11 Year Anniversary show on September 16th, which more info for will be coming very very soon!

Tours: Our Lady


Yesterday we told you about the Our Lady LP release show for their new album called Lure on Friday, August 19th at Black Sheep. Well guess what, that show is also going to be a kick-off for a two-week tour that Our Lady will be going on in support of the new album. The band will be heading out east and around the area with their new record. Check out the dates on the poster above, or below:

8/20: Milwaukee, WI
8/21: Chicago, IL
8/22: Grand Rapids, MI
8/23: Detroit, MI
8/24: Cleveland, OH
8/25: Pittsburgh, PA
8/26: Philadelphia, PA
8/27: Richmond, VA
8/28: Charlotte, NC
8/29: Nashville, TN
8/30: Louisville, KY
8/31: St. Louis, MO

Again, Our Lady’s LP release show is happening here at Black Sheep on Friday, August 19th. More info on that right here. Also stream one song off of their upcoming LP right here. Our Lady will also be performing at Black Sheep Fest a week from Saturday.