Best of Springfield Music 2017: Shows

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The further we get here into 2018 the more we should just get the end of our three part best of 2017 the heck over with!! Finally, here is the third and final part of of our three part series with your top voted shows that happened in Springfield in the year 2017.

1. 10-2 at Black Sheep: Looming (Seed Album Release), Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Choir Vandals 


2. June 9th, 10th, 11th Dumb Fe5t (seven locations throughout Springfield, 50 bands from 17 different states)


3. 9-16 Black Sheep 12 Year Anniversary Show with Bottom Bracket, Stick People, Prowess, Kate Laine

4. 4-7 at Black Sheep: Hippie Squishers, Vanilla Gorilla, Hood E. Klimate, Kabass


5. 7-1 at Black Sheep: Food & Money (reunion), Backwards Day (reunion), Livin’ Thing, Spell Breaker

6. 11-18 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Band Lotto 2017

7. 7-7 at Black Sheep: P.I.N.T., Leche, Say Something, Grady Drugg (“The Bouncehouse Show”)

8. 10-14 at Black Sheep: Battle of the Bands

9. 5-13 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Cover Show Part 6

10. 12-22 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Holiday Show with Vonne (reunion), Bottom Bracket, Rockford, Telephone Junkies

Best of Springfield Music 2017: Songs


Here we are with the second part of our three part Best of Springfield Music 2017 series with your top vote songs that came from Springfield bands and musicians in the past year! Nice! We had quite the time going through all of these and adding up the totals (there are a lot of songs out there). Once again, we do not have write-ups for all of these (sorry), just the straight forward results and the embedded songs on bandcamp players below. Enjoy! We’ll return tomorrow with the third and final installment of this series.

1. Bottom Bracket – Bottom Bracket

2. Telephone Junkies – Monday Morning

3. Looming – Queen

4. Stick People – Easier Said

5. Kate Laine – This Is Not A Test

6. Prowess – Rat Bastard

7. Livin’ Thing – Punch Line

8. Night Night Boy – Ginger Ale

9. Pryss – Goodnight Alt-Right

10. Spell Breaker – Superstar

Best of Springfield Music 2017: Albums


Here we are in 2018, already into February and we are just now getting you the results of our 2017 best of polls right now. We are really sorry, we really are. We don’t event have write ups for all of these. Today we are delivering the results for the top ten voted albums or releases that came out of Springfield in 2017, as voted for on our site in December. If you tune in to the Black Sheep Radio Show today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, we will be featuring songs from this list. Find the list of top ten albums below!

1. Bottom Bracket – Dreamland EP
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


2. Looming – Seed 
(recorded by Brandon Carnes, released by No Sleep Records)


3. Telephone Junkies – Monday Morning
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


4. Stick People – Lips
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


5. Prowess – EP
(recorded at Southtown Sound, released by Prescience Tapes)


6. Livin’ Thing – The Godhead EP
(recorded at Dumb Records, released by Rat King Records)


7. Food & Money – 1979-1982
(recorded 1979-1980, released by Alona’s Dream Records)


8. Kaite Laine – Recurring Dream
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


9. Attic Salt – Attic Salt
(recorded at Capital City Recording, released on Dodgeball Records)


10. Kabass – Warrior Within EP
(self-recorded, self-released)


11. Pryss – Sisyphus
12. Spell Breaker – Spell Breaker
13. Animals With Human Names – The Basement Tape
14. Abyss – Dreadnought
15. Tom Irwin – All That Love
16. Lick Creek – EP
17. Vincent Sebastian – A New Rhode
18. Animals With Human Names – The Studio Tape
19. Eric Marvel – What A Disappointment EP
20. Nefarious Cloud – Resurrection 

Looking For Help With Write-Ups For Best of Springfield Music 2017!


Alright all of you website viewers that we have out there. We have collected results for our annual Springfield Music poll this year, and everything is looking great. This year we felt we would reach out and extend the offer to anyone who would like to help write reviews for our top ten best ofs in the categories of albums, songs, and shows for the year 2017. If you are interested, send us an email to We will get back to you with a list of things for you to chose from (pick one) to write one to two paragraphs on. We do need it within the next day or two though! For examples of what we are looking for, you can check out last year’s (2016) results for shows herealbums here, and songs here.

The results for the best of’s will be posted along with write-ups probably at the very start of 2018! (Sorry we are a tad bit behind this year)! Stay tuned and thanks for being here!

Best of Springfield 2017 Music Poll


Alright, we’ve finally got it together over here. We ended up with a total count of 55 local releases of original music that we can tell this year thanks to your help, which is a lot. Now it is time for us to launch our annual end of the year Best of Springfield Music Poll where we get to highlight some of your favorite bands, musicians, and shows that happened in the past year! As with previous years, there are three categories to our poll – albums, songs, and shows. The only required category is albums, and for that you have to check anywhere from 2 to 5 releases that came out this year (list is in the poll). You might have to think a bit harder to list out some of your favorite songs! To help there are links to most of the releases from this year on this post! You might have to think a little bit for your favorite shows this year too, take your time!


The Best Of Survey will be up for exactly one week, ending on Tuesday, December 26th at 9:00 pm! Once the results are collected we will have featured write-ups on our site for the top ten voted for in each category. You can check out last year’s (2016) results for shows herealbums here, and songs here. We have also been building an ultimate Springfield album archive / database of Springfield releases over the past year or so on our site which you can check out right here.

Help Us List Local Springfield Releases of 2017!



Could you believe it, the year 2017 is actually drawing to a close. It’s been a pretty busy year for Springfield music – and we have the new addition of Southtown Sound to thank for a lot of great music being recorded and released in our area. The Studio began recording in March of this year and has worked with a countless amount of bands in Springfield and also all over the country since then.

Once again on this site we would like to highlight some of your favorite releases that came out in Springfield this year. So first we need YOUR help making sure we are covering all of the music that came out this year! Below is everything as far as bands and musicians putting out releases in the year 2017 in our city that we can think of – along with links to stream the music. As of right now we count a total of 54 releases that came out this year. If you were involved in a local release or know of one not on list, please comment below or email us at and let us know!

Once we’ve gathered more of a final list of 2017 releases, we will have a poll go up in about one week on our site where you can tell us your favorite albums, songs, and shows that happened here in Springfield in the year 2017. Then we will highlight your top ten choices for all three categories at the very end of the month. You can check out last year’s (2016) results for shows here, albums here, and songs here. We have also been building an ultimate Springfield album archive / database of Springfield releases over the past year or so on our site which you can check out right here.

Abyss – Dreadnought
Animals With Human Names – The Basement Tape
Animals With Human Names – The Studio Tape
Attic Salt – Attic Salt
The Blue G’s – Helpless, Hopeless, Moving On
Boon – 1st Street
Bottom Bracket – Dreamland EP
Emasculate Regression – Split with Glass Path
Emasculate Regression – Technology is Simple Philanthropy
Eric Marvel – What A Disappointment EP
Deezy Da Paperboy – Under Ground Krown, Vol. 1

Fireside Relics – Shot Out The Saddle
Food & Money – 1979-1982
Good Times & Company – All American Grinder
GRINN – Burning Out
Gutterpriest / Apostate – Split
Heptanes – Demon Stratus
Kabass – Warrior Within EP

Kate Laine – Recurring Dream

Kristin Walker – Self-Acceptance
Lick Creek – EP
Livin Thing – The Godhead EP
Looming – Seed
Luct Melod – Februation
Luct Melod – Obscurum per Obscurius
Manic Buzzcut – Bathroom Horrors
Mikey Hash – UGLY EP
Nefarious Cloud – Espada 13
Nefarious Cloud – Majin Cloud
Nefarious Cloud – Reserection
Night Night Boy – Demo
Opposite Good – 1
Opposite Good – Night
The Plunge – The Plunge
Prowess – EP
Pryss – Sisyphus
Robot Bachelor – The Third Houseboat Album
Small Man – Demo
Spell Breaker – Spell Breaker
Starter Jackets – Preferred Stock
The Station – Head On Tomorrow
Stick People – Lips
Telephone Junkies – Monday Morning
Timothy Donavan Russell – Bioregion
Timothy Donavan Russell – The Dark Path
Timothy Donavan Russell – Slower Than Your Heartbeat
Timothy Donavan Russell – Structures
Timothy Donavan Russell – Wild Kilobyte Theater
Timothy Donavan Russell – Windows
Tom Irwin – All That Love
Various – Dumb Fe5t Comp
Vincent Sebastian – A New Rhode
War Magic – War Magic (2017)
Weeping Iniquity – Transvection

Illinois Times Best of 2017 Nominee Voting (Now Until September 3rd)


It’s that time of year again. The Illinois Times has now launched the nominee voting for their “Best of Springfield” poll for 2017. Now is your chance to nominate all of your favorite local businesses, bands, musicians, and people for a chance to make it to the next round of voting. Nominee voting goes from now until September 3rd. You can check that out online right here.

The Black Sheep would likely be in the running for “best small live music venue” if we make it on to the next round. Southtown Sound and Dumb Records don’t seem to fit into any categories this year. Perhaps Southtown Sound could go for “best new business (open within the last 12 months) not downtown”?

Actual voting for the IT Best Of’s will go from September 14th through October 1st. The results will then be released in the issue of The Illinois Times on October 26th. We do our own “Best of Local Music” on our site at the very end of the year.