By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Feb 18, 2008 at 7:59 AM

We've got a long, eclectic lineup on this week's Local Music Podcast, including some brand spanking new music from Juniper Tar.

It starts with Southbound, a Milwaukee band with a penchant for drawn-out Southern rock. Yes, the band's probably best known for its annual Allman Brothers Band tribute set at Shank Hall, but the classic rock quintet has a ton of original material. Take a listen to "Born to Ramble" and check the band out this Saturday, Feb. 23 at BBC's Upper Lever.

John the Savage recorded a live EP at The Mad Planet last November and plans to return to the venue Saturday, Feb. 23. This six-piece features former and current members of El Oso, Sleep Tight Co. (previously known as Spransy & Kolb), Dangereqsue and Moonfire Funeral. Fable & The World Flat and Sleep Tight Co. open the show.

Thursday, Feb. 19 is Chick Singer Night, with host Alaria Taylor, at Caroline's Jazz Club. Taylor, Chick Singer Night's director, invited some of Milwaukee's most powerful female voices to perform, including Rhonda Begos, Jamie Brace (of the band Hounds Tooth), Jayme Dawicki, Windy Hope and Julie Moffitt. Admission to the show, which begins at 8 p.m., is $8. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Juniper Tar just released a new record and guess who has it? We do. That means you get to hear it if you're listening to this podcast. It's called "To The Trees" and there is an actual listening party Wednesday night at Burnhearts in Bay View. There might be an acoustic set, as well. If you can't make it Wednesday, see the band live at Turner Hall on Friday, Feb. 22, opening for Limbeck. John Ralston and The Candliers are also on the bill.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”