Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CD Review: New Independent Music Coming From The Windy City

From Chicago comes new music from the alternative pop band The Locals and singer/songwriter Julie Meckler. The Locals recently released their latest five-song EP entitled "Stereostatic Funicular." Right from the opening song "Running Toward The Sound," you instantly notice the pop-punk lead vocals of singer Yvonne Doll. Her voice is so fun and the music is very up-beat and infectious that you find yourself grooving to the quick pace of "Inventio." The album closes with the big guitar rock of "Bellissimo," which should make mainstream radio take notice of The Locals.

The band has half-a-dozen dates lined up, beginning with the Indie Rock Invitational in Michigan at the end of the month. To find out more about The Locals, please visit
Singer/songwriter Julie Meckler will release her debut album, "Queenshead" on September 24th. She has also been named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "15 Artists To Watch." Her music reaches out and touches different genres including the grunge rock of "All Your Pretty Things" and the jazz-pop of "Queen's Head." The album's lead single, "Manhattan" is the perfect setting for her storied lyrics and the gentle acoustics allow her voice to become the focus of the song. Her album closes with the pop rock of "Forest" and the slow romp of "Deportation Blues."

Julie Meckler will be celebrating the release of her new album with a release show on September 26 at The Hideout in Chicago. For more information, please visit

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