Tonight at Black Sheep: No Cash Value, Telephone Junkies, Loverboard, Heptanes, Flunkie


We’ve got a show going on tonight! Our only show this weekend and we just might be down to the final ten Black Sheep shows left… ever! It’s mostly an all local lineup of five groups. We have the return of No Cash Value, the Jacksonville punk group that have taken a break for a minute it looks like. We also have The Telephone Junkies, the perfect indie/alternative soundtrack band to your fall in Springfield. We have “Loverboard” a band from… the Peoria area? Is this true? Also a rare performance by Springfield duo The Heptanes! And opening things up is a solo project called Flunkie.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here.

Help Us List Off Springfield Releases of 2018!


It’s that time of year again! It’s time for us to start gearing up for our annual best of Springfield music poll – the seventh year we have ran the poll and results looking back on the year in Springfield music if you can believe it or not. This year we’ve got something special up our sleeves – we are going to be conjoining forces with Activator Magazine to help create their January 2019 publication as a look back in Springfield music for 2018 and feature the poll results along with write-ups! Our poll (not active yet), will ask for your favorite albums and songs from Springfield bands released in the past year, as well as your favorite local shows you attended *not limited to any genres or specific venues!

The poll will be running on our site from December 3rd through the 13th.

Before we kick off the poll though we need your help in making sure we are listing off all of the Springfield music that came out this year! Here is our list of what we have so far (total of 45):

Adam Maletich – Over The Edge
Arlin Peelbes – When You Need Me
boon – Social Anxylophone
Dixie Narcos – Neurotic Static
Deep Hollow – Weary Traveler
Demons on Wheels – Unleashed
Devin Hayes – The Mind’s Diary
Eggman – Cube Zero
Eyes From Above – Principium EP
Foam Fangers – Foam Fangers EP
Foot – Big
Forest Saints – Nocturne
Glower – Glower EP
Graveswitcher – Graveswitcher
Go! Tsunami – A Day At The Beach
Hospital Job – Haze Like Me
Imaginary Colours – Blank Slate
Imaginary Colours – Dream WAV
Imaginary Colours – Tangled Up In Blue
Kenyon DeShasier – Together
Kenyon Deshasier – Wondrous Lover
The Little Death – Way Happier
Los Injectors – Rock Apocalypto
MAC – No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
Master Bastard – Mouth Breather
MLR – Abandoned Evening
MLR – I’ll Be In This
No Cash Value – No Cash Value
Pryss – Alogia
Rather Dashing – Rather Dashing
Resistance To Reason – First Year
Rockford – Briarcliff EP
Sorry Charlie – Sorry Charlie
Stater Jacket – Decisions
Timothy Donavan Russell – Best of Ambient 2003-2018
Timothy Donavan Russell – Best of Experimental 2003-2018
Timothy Donavan Russell – Fibonacci
Timothy Donavan Russell – Golden Age
Timothy Donavan Russell – Knot
Timothy Donavan Russell – Microtonal Ambient
Timothy Donavan Russell – Rain Tree
Timothy Donavan Russell – The Sound of Cosmology
Timothy Donavan Russell – Sugarchurch
This Is A Stick Up! – The Dumpster Punk E.P.
Uncle Sam’s Mutagenic Children – Right Answers To The Wrong Questions
Wolf Crick Boys – War & Peace

There you have it. If you know of any other releases from Springfield bands or musicians from this past year, let us know so we can include it in our poll! A release consists of two or more songs of original music – also we are opening this up to nearby towns Decatur, Jacksonville, Taylorville, etc. Comment below or email us at if you have any additions.

This Is A Stick Up!: Dumpster Punk EP


“Punk!” Our friends in the band This Is A Stick Up! based over in Decatur, Illinois recently put out a six track EP called The Dumpster Punk EP – 20 minutes or so of straight forward punk rock music, and you should check it out. You can stream the release on the player below. Also head over to the band’s bancamp page to pay to download the album.

This Is A Stick Up! have no shows lined up in Springfield as of right now as far as we can tell. We are counting this release in our big ol’ Springfield Ultimate Album Archive even though they are a hop and a skip away in Decatur. Stay tuned for more info on our 2018 year-end best of polls very very soon!

December 7th at Black Sheep: Falter, Capitol Offense, LIVID, Brute Force, Final Order


We’re going to be getting out all of these final show announcement for Black Sheep in the space it’s been for the past 13 years here in the next few weeks. This one is happening in less than two weeks on Friday December 7th, and will feature some capital “H” hardcore bands. This show features Milwaukee classic hardcore group Falter, who have performed at our space off and on for some years now. Stream some Falter on the player below. We also have Capitol Offense from Decatur taking our stage one last time. Another Wisconsin band coming through is LIVID – as seen on this year’s Dumb Fest in June. Brute Force from the St. Louis will be joining us as well, and opening things up is Springfield hardcore band Final Order.

All of this starts at 7:00 pm on 12/7. Admission is $7-10, take your pick. Find a facebook event for this one right here. And check out our shows page for a look at what is lined up at Black Sheep while we are still here.

State Journal-Register: “Black Sheep Cafe Plans Move From South Town to Downtown”

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Just one day after our big announcement that we will be moving Dumb Records and Black Sheep downtown at the end of this year / beginning of 2019, local paper The State Journal-Register put us up on the front page yesterday, less than 24 hours after our big announcement. Owner Brian Galecki spoke to the SJ-R about the decision to move. From the article:

“I’ve talked to a lot of people (including former owner Kevin Bradford) and there hasn’t been anyone who didn’t think this was a good idea. We truly view this as a step in the right direction for us. For other show-goers and me, a move downtown feels right.”

Check out the full article online right here. We’re not sure if it’s easy to pick up yesterday’s paper… but you can find the physical article on the front page of yesterday’s paper if you are able to hunt one of those down.

We plan on announcing more details on the move as far as what we need help with, more final shows, and where we are moving to later on.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Bottom Bracket, Vonne, Jazz Cabbage, Dexter


Happy weekend everybody, and thanks to all who came out to Black Friday at Dumb Records at any point yesterday. We can’t believe that we were left with a mere two records from our order of exclusive releases. Tonight there is a show at Black Sheep – and now that we’ve announced we are moving at the end of the year we can tell you that there are only a handful of shows left in our current space. Tonight we got local emo rockers Bottom Bracket at the top of the bill. Then what’s this? It’s another Vonne reunion show! Oh joy! The out of town act on this show is emo band “Jazz Cabbage” from the Chicago area. You can go ahead and stream their music on the player below. Opening things up is solo acoustic performer Dexter.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep the rest of this year.

We are moving downtown.


An announcement on behalf of Black Sheep and Dumb Records:

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at Black Sheep / Dumb Records for the past number of months and we’ve been gearing up for a huge announcement for quite some time. We are excited (and admittedly nervous) to share that after the year 2018 we will be starting a new chapter in our endeavors providing Springfield with an all ages show space and independent record store. At the end of this year Black Sheep and Dumb Records will be packing up everything at our South Grand & 11th Street home for 13+ years and moving downtown.

There has been a lot that has led us to decide over the past year or so that this is the right move for us, and we truly view this as a step in the right direction for us. We will share more info on a new location later on. For now we want everyone to know that the final shows in the 1320 South 11th Street of Black Sheep (since 2005) will be happening from now up until the end of the month of December. Also any bands that want to play at our current space one last time – contact us and we will do our best to get you on one last time. We will be keeping the shows calendar on our site updated. Dumb Records will remain open with our regular operating hours up until Sunday, December 16th being the store’s last day in operation at the current location and there will be sales in the store from now until close.

There may be some changes with us opening a new space downtown but our goals of providing Springfield with a space where all different people and genres can come together and perform music / art will very much be the same. We will need as much help and support with this move as we can get. We would also love to see each and every one of you who have supported us over the years at these final shows.

Today is about being thankful. We are extremely grateful and thankful for the community in Springfield that has supported us in the past and continues to do so. We would also like to thank our landlord George Sinclair for everything he’s done. Saying goodbye to a space where thousands of shows have been held is not easy. However, it is important to realize it’s not about the space or the building we are in – Black Sheep isn’t just a building – it’s about the community and the dedicated volunteers that have kept us going for the past 13+ years and will continue to keep us going into the future.