*New* Activator Magazine Coming To Springfield New Month


This is certainly exciting news for all of Springfield music and art as a whole! A brand new monthly publication put together by some of those who have been involved with The Illinois Times (Scott Faingold) as well as gathering other writers and contributors from all over the city. The new magazine is being called “Activator” and the first issue is due out at the beginning of June. You will be able to pick up copies of Activator Magazine at the locations listed on the flier above, which includes Black Sheep and Dumb Records!

The first issue (cover shown above) includes and interview with Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of Looming as well as an in-depth look at the upcoming Dumb Fest 6! Anyone interested in contributing to further issues or with any questions can contact activatormagazine@gmail.com. You can also give Activator Magazine a “like” on facebook and follow what their up to on facebook.

May 21st at Black Sheep: Pink Thing, La Louve, Pryss, Graveswitcher


We have a hardcore show coming up at Black Sheep one week from today on Monday, May 21st that you all should be excited about. It features touring band Pink Thing from Dallas, Texas. Stream their new flaming hot EP on the player embedded below. On this show we also have the Springfield return of Champaign/Urbana punk band La Louve… and their last show ever? Is this true? These two out of town acts will be paired up with two local Springfield heavy hitting hardcore acts – including Pryss. Opening things up is the new hardcore explosion band Graveswitcher.

Find a facebook event for this show right here. Admission for this one is $5, and things start at 7:00 pm. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer!

New Band Pages: Master Bastard


Guess what, we are currently working hard to update the current bands portion of our website. This includes clearing out those bands/projects that haven’t played shows in many months, and adding all of the new and talented groups that have been popping up over town and nearby. The first of those pages we want to direct your attention to is one we made for Master Bastard! Master Bastard first played Black Sheep for our last Battle of the Bands back in October, and they won the judicial category and have since played at Black Sheep a few more times and also have recorded up at Southtown Sound. Check out their new bandpage where you can stream their release Mouth Breather right here.

There are no Master Bastard shows lined up as far as we can tell but keep an eye and ear out for more this summer! We’ve ended up with what looks like a total of thirty six current band pages right now, you can check out all of those right here on our site. It is looking like we have accumulated hundreds of past band pages, check those out right here! Do you play in a local band or project that has not set up a page with us? Shoot us an email at blacksheepspringfield@gmail.com and we will work with you to set something up!