Bottom Bracket WNIJ “Sessions From Studio A”

It’s been a minute since local music and local bands! Local emo group Bottom Bracket appeared to have done something in the Chicago area recently. The group appeared on Dekalb, Illinois-based radio station WNIJ’s “Sessions from Studio A” which is an ongoing live video and recording series. This was a live video, but also there are now two youtube videos up from the session, each featuring two songs. Some of the songs come from Bottom Bracket’s recent album, I Don’t Care Enough To Stay, and some are brand new. Check out those videos embedded below.

Activator Presents: Mark Schwartz (Video)

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Activator Magazine is continuing their teaming up with Crowdson Creative as part of their ongoing video series, usually featuring local musical acts which are also featured on the magazine’s cover for the month. This time around Mark Schwartz is featured in the video series. Mark is a recording artist in town with multiple recording project names that he is constantly releasing new music under. Mark sits down with the Activator team and describes the differences in each project and also shows his studio setup along with some wacky instruments and what his creative process is like. Check out that video below!

Also pick up a copy of Activator Magazine at our store or various other locations around town for free!

Videos: Melanie A. Davis at Dumb Records 2/25/20


While we are sitting around not having shows and not sure when we can ever have shows again, we just dug up a little video from the vault (from about one month ago). This one is from a show one month ago- the full band of Melanie A. Davis from Murray, Kentucky came and performed. Today we bring you a video of the band performing the song “I Don’t Really Care, Do You?” Check that out on the player embedded below.

Also check out our youtube page if you are thirsty for more live videos shot at our space and from our earlier Black Sheep years. Or, our vids/pics page has a lot of them listed out as well.

Videos: Kate The Band at Dumb Records 2-1-20


Today we bring you a video of *the* Kate The Band performing at our space, Dumb Records about a week or so ago on the first of the month, February 1st. The video is of the song “Starry Eyes” and you can check it out embedded below. Check out the recorded version of the song right here. Kate Laine *solo* is performing next at our space on Tuesday, February 25th.

Check out more videos and pictures taken at Dumb Records and Black Sheep over the years on our vids/pics page. Or, check out our youtube channel.

Videos: Nectar at Dumb Records 1-24-20


Good morning, today we are bringing you a video of Champaign Illinois-based rock group Nectar performing at one of our most recent shows this past weekend. That video is for the band’s song “Fishy” and you can find it embedded on the player below.

Also feel free to check out our youtube channel, or our “vids/pics” page for a long list of videos shot over the years at Black Sheep and Dumb Records.

Videos: Slow Mass at Dumb Records 1-19-20


Happy Wednesday, everyone. We still can’t get over how great our venue space looks right now and how great our last show this past Sunday was. Today we bring you a video that was taken of Chicago-based band Slow Mass, of them performing one of their songs, “Gray Havens.” You can find that video on the player below.

Also check out our vids/pics page for a list of videos taken at our downtown space and plenty from the Black Sheep years.

Videos From NPR Illinois Tiny Desk Concert Series in May at Anvil & Forge

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Maybe we are way late on posting this, but here it is. Way back in May NPR Illinois put on a special “Public Radio Week” at different locations downtown. Part of this included a “Tiny Desk Concert Series” show at Anvil & Forge on Washington Street. Bands that play included Kate The Band (pictured above), Looming, Jeff Williams, and Dexter Anodyne. We’ve got the video from Looming’s set on the player embedded below.

To see videos of all four sets, head on over to the NPR Illinois site right here.

A Dumb Records Christmas Special


After a good few hours of uploading things and trying to figure out how to get youtube and internets and technology and big files to work these past couple of days, we have finally done it. And just in time for Christmas. We are proud to present…. A Dumb Records Christmas Special! A little over one hour original film put together by the Dumb Records old man or something. Check out the entire film streaming on the player below, or on youtube right here.

We’ll be back with our regular programing tomorrow.

Videos: Spowder At Dumb Records (10-14-19)

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Today we bring you a video from a show that happened at our space over one month ago. On October 14th, we have captured a video of the band Spowder from New Jersey performing one song. Spowder have a lot of songs. Check out that video on the player below.

You can also check out more videos shot at Dumb Records / Black Sheep over the many many years on our vids/pics page. Or head over to our youtube page to check out more. Be sure to “like” and “subscribe” while you are at it.

Videos: Navel at Dumb Records 9-4-19

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Today we bring you a video of the band Navel from Japan performing at our space earlier last month. They were a surprise band that we were only able to announce a few days before the show, and have been active playing punk rock since the early 1990’s. This was their first time touring the U.S.A. and we were thrilled to have them as the first band from overseas at our new location. Check out the video embedded below, or go to our youtube channel right here.

Also find more videos from over the years (mostly at Black Sheep) on our vids/pics page.