Faris Badwan, frontman for UK indie rockers The Horrors, has a new project: Cat's Eyes, a duo with the Canadian opera soprano and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. The group specializes in a glassy, symphonic take on girl-group pop, and they played their first show in December in a pretty unusual place: St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during an afternoon mass "attended by seven high-ranking cardinals," according to a press release. Webpage: http://www.catseyesmusic.com/
Hit & Run was a 3-piece punk band from Portland, Oregon that played music heavily influenced by the melodic punk and technical skatepunk of the '90s. Hit & Run played songs that were fast, tight, hook-laden, aggressive, and melodic at times, punctuated with group shouts, powerful guitars, rapid-fire drum patterns and scrabbling bass lines. Lyrically, Hit & Run pushed toward the progressive, personal and political, but without losing a sense of humor.
House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama that debuted on the Fox network on November 16, 2004. The show was created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. The show revolves around Dr. Gregory House (British actor Hugh Laurie), a cynical medical genius, who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH).
The Shondes (from the Yiddish for "shame", "monster" or "disgrace",) are a riot grrrl-influenced rock quartet based in Brooklyn, New York. Their songs combine punk rock with classical and traditional jewish music, with emotionally intense lyrics that speak to the band's radical politics. Their debut LP the red sea (produced by tony maimone,) was released on January 8, 2008. The band's original lineup was Louisa Rachel Solomon on bass and lead vocals, Elijah Oberman on violin and vocals, Temim Fruchter on drums and vocals , and Ian Brannigan on guitar.
"a band who love to experiment (not always getting it right), they don't really sound like anything else out there. and the music is really varied - you could listen to 'energy + blast' and have no idea that it was the same band that made 'empty souls'. and there's no denying that 'breathe' is a nigh-on perfect pop song. whilst sometimes weird and experimental, their music is very impressive, and i for one predict big things." (reverb)