Vincent Sebastian on Activator Magazine Video Feature


Today we bring you the second Activator Magazine video feature they have done, we are really digging these! The video was put together by Crowdson Creative, who also did the last featured Activator video and interview which was shot partially in our space for the band Blushe. This time around the featured artist is Vincent Sebastian and his backing band, who just put out the album Interference earlier this summer. The video features clips of Vincent Sebastian performing a couple of songs and also sitting down and doing an interview. You can check all of that out on the video below, or also on the Activator facebook page. Vincent Sebastian is featured in another print interview inside this month’s latest issue which is now available for free inside of Dumb Records and other varios locations.

August 2019 Issue of Activator Available Now


It’s a brand new month so we’ve got a brand new issue of Activator Magazine! The local / Central Illinois D.I.Y. Music-focused magazine has been going over one year strong at this point. Who has collected every issue?

On this month’s cover is local acoustic singer/songwriter Ben Bedford. Ben put out a new album The Hermit’s Spyglass at some point last year. His featured interview in Activator this month was actually conducted by Tom Irwin himself, another long time local musician.

You can also find album reviews, another interview with Vincent Sebastian, who also just put out a new album called Interference earlier this summer. In addition to all of this there is an interview with Pierre Berry – who has started “The Music Program Academy” teaching kids how to record and create music at the Salvation Army here in town. As usual, there is a writeup on the 217 hip hop scene put together by Ken No of “Hip Hop Hump Day” on 88.3 WQNA. Aaron Uncanny Phillips interviews local recording engineer at HISO Music, Shawn P. Christine Pallon of the bands Spandrels and Carly Beth out of Champaign/Urbana does a write-up on the recent “Girls Rock! 2019” event. There is a photospread from Audiofeed Music Festival which took place in Urbana last month, and as always Central Illinois and St. Louis live music calendars.

You can pick up you copy of Activator Magazine for free at Dumb Records and various other locations around town. Also check out the Activator Magazine Patreon page if you want to be a contributor to support what they are doing!

July Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now


Maybe we are around one week late in telling you this, but did you know that there is a new issue of Activator Magazine out? We are excited about this one because it features new local band Blushe on the cover – and a photo that was taken in our space! You can pick up the monthly magazine for free in our store and read an interview with the band. This issue Activator also launched a new feature – with the start of a video series with Blushe as the first feature. The magazine interviewed the band in the video and also caught some footage of them playing live in our space as well. You can check that video out below!

Aside from the Blushe interview, you can find: plenty of album reviews, live show calendars, a photospread of Midwest Punkfest XI, more photos of Activator’s birthday show at Dumb Records, a recap of Perimeter Road Music Festival, an interview with Junior Pasáre, an interview with Shawn “Push” Freligh, a story about how some LLCC students created some mobile game called “Floofy”, and much much more.

June 22nd at Bread Sheep: Activator One Year Anniversary Show!


Wow! Looks like we are hosting a show this month that will be a wonderful celebration of one full year of Activator Magazine doing their thing and activatin’ in Springfield!! We are truly lucky to have had this free magazine around for a full year covering some great things going on in Central Illinois music and arts! The lineup for this show features punk rockers MAC at the top of the bill – who will be performing here in Springfield for the first time actually! Nice! By the way look at that great flier by Carol Weems of Activator Magazine, great job Carol. Who’s next on the lineup? HECK?!? The solo project of Hannah Songer out of Bloomington. Also a brand new Springfield band called SNUFF RIDER will be playing their first show?? Featuring members of Imaginary Colours and Evan Mitchell’s one man band! Before that… a very rare rap performance by Aaron “Uncanny” Phillips!! Wow!! In all of our years working with Aaron hosting hip hop shows at our spaces we have never had him listed as a performer! Then opening things up or playing somewhere on the bill is some sort of karaoke set by DJ Milk and DJ Jess!!! We can not believe all of the wild and cool things going on for this show!

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. All proceeds will be split between our show space and Activator Magazine. There will also be cake and “free sh*t”! Wow! Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at our space in the new future!

June 2019 Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now


Would you believe it, but Activator Magazine has now made it one full year into existence with the first issue having came out June of 2018. This month’s issue for the local action-packed music magazine is number #13. Have you collected them all? We sure haven’t but maybe we can try. This post is to let you know that we have the June 2019 issue now available for free in our store. It includes local hip hop artists Deezy Da Paperboy and Cornbread on the cover, with an interview with them inside. Also plenty of album reviews, a monthly Central Illinois show calendar, a look at what festivals are happening in our area this summer, plenty of photos, and much much more. Wow.

Activator Magazine is awesome and free and in our store all of the time. You should consider checking out their Patreon page online where you can pledge to make a monthly donation to support them doing what they do.

Oh! And by the way, we will be celebrating one year of Activator Magazine with a show at our show space this month on June 22nd! Find a facebook event for that one right here – we’ll also have an official post for that one up soon.

May Issue of Activator Available At Dumb Records


May is here! Actually, we are already one week into May (happy tornado Tuesday btw), and guess what we have the latest issue of local music magazine Activator Magazine for all of you fans of printed content that you can hold in your hands and read. This is the twelfth issue the magazine has put out since they began with their first issue of June of last year. Have you collected them all?

On the cover of this month’s issue is non-local musician Tav Falco – Tav Falco’s Panther Burns will be performing here in Springfield across the street from us at Bar None on Thursday, May 23rd. Also included is an interview with Bloomington, IL electronic/indie act Black Esther, plus plenty of album reviews, photos, and shows calendars for Central Illinois and St. Louis. There’s a review and in-depth look at “Flor Fest” which took place in Urbana last month, and Mansion Music Fest which is coming up this month in Virden, Illinois. Also an interview with Central Illinois metal band Portals, and more interviews with local artists Kid Ziggy, Papa Luke, Izhi & Danny J. Copies can be found at Dumb Records (for free) and also various local businesses and locations around town.

March 2019 Issue of Activator Available At Dumb Records


The newest issue of Activator Magazine for March 2019 is out and now available for free at Dumb Records (and has been for nearly a week now, wow!) As you can see, the issue features American Springfield punk rock band Foam Fangers pictured on the cover. You aren’t the boss of them! This issue features album reviews and show calendars as usual, and also poetry. We have a nice update and write-up on things have been going over at the new Dumb Records here downtown, also an informative piece on the state of WQNA by Ken No. There’s a concert review for “Grouper” by David Gracon, an interview with downtown brewery Buzz Bomb and “Buzz Fest” they have coming up, and an interview with Lucky Patterson of The Wolf Crick Boys, and also local rapper “Deezy Da Paperboy”, and other local rapper “City” (Kool Krew). And more! It’s jam packed!

Also Activator added another level to their Patreon page which you can become a monthly donor for – for a $9 level you can receive a special monthly 16-page photo zine that the magazine is going to be putting out every month!? Wow!

We’ve also got plenty of back issues from the past few months of Activator available inside of our store right now as well!