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/
Death By Dance are a three piece from the Gold Coast, Australia who blend elements from punk, grunge and dance-driven indie rock. Forming in November 2008, they wasted no time engraving their name into the local scene and by their first birthday had shared the stage with national acts Mammal (Melbourne), Many Machines On Nine (Sydney), The Scissor File (Melbourne), House Vs Hurricane (Melbourne) as well as local acts Burning Brooklyn, Nine Sons of Dan, Skyway, Letters to Spain and Monster Goes Rawr.