By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Mar 31, 2008 at 7:03 AM

This might just be the juiciest Local Music Podcast that and WMSE has ever compiled. Excuse me while I use a cliché, but spring is in the air, and we're here to put a little spring in your step with some hot tracks from a few Milwaukee bands. OK, fine, and one Madison band, too. But it's really good. Promise. Tune in every Monday to get the fresh lowdown on local music. Enjoy.

This week's podcast begins with Master Zaster Blaster and its famed thrash track "BBC World War III." The band hits The Mad Planet this Saturday, April 5 to open for the Milwaukee-linked Samwell (What? What?). Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons and Uncle Larry round out the bill. Now dance!

Are you privy to the dirty club glamour that is Juiceboxxx? You should be -- and be proud to call him one of our own as he claimed more and more national respect. The Vicious Pop contributor teams up with Pittsburgh's fast rap duo Grand Buffet at the Cactus Club on Monday, April 7.

Sleeping in the Aviary is from Madison, but we love 'em anyway. We're happy to announce they've got a show at the Borg Ward, 823 W. National Ave., this Saturday with IfIHAdaHiFi, The Box Social and Mise en Place.

In mid-February I had the pleasure of announcing Why?'s first Milwaukee gig at the Cactus Club. Appropriately enough, our very own Stumblesome scored one of the highly sought after opening slots, as did The Scarring Party. It's gonna be big, folks. Arrive early.

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.”