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About Bear Hands
Bears Hands are a thing. Like, not just the paws on those large mammals roaming the forest, but a quartet of musicians proving lately to be quite the "Distraction" – in a good way, of course.
Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar), Val Loper (bass), Ted Feldman (guitar) and TJ Orscher (drums) recently released their sophomore album, conveniently titled "Distraction," as a follow-up to 2010's "Burning Bush Supper Club." The new 11-track effort was produced by Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails).
Critics have been quick to note that Bear Hands have grown as songwriters and shapers of sound. It's no more evident than on tracks like "Bad Friend," which plays like an alt-county, post-rock mashup, and "Agora," which is a standout track, along with album closers "Vile Iowa" and "Thought Wrong," which uses experimental electronic instruments integrated with an acoustic guitar.
And right now, the band is watching as the current single "Giants," climbs the Billboard Alternative Chart. The Brooklyn-based group teamed with Mark Pellington to create a "sexy noisy pop blast" kinda video that features scantily-clad women slinging paint and blasting fireworks at a late night party.
The band is celebrating its new album with a tour that kicked off Wednesday, February 26th, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with support from Total Slacker, Eliza and Miniature Tigers. The trek included six shows at the SXSW music festival in Austin, and will also include a set at Coachella, as well as stops at Edgefest and Big Guava Music Fest.
Bear Hands Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Burning Bush Supper Club||2010|
Top 10 Bear Hands Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||What A Drag||10,927||3,962|
|6||Blood and Treasure||3,811||1,655|
|7||Can't Stick Em||3,503||1,529|
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Bear Hands Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/27/2015 Denver CO Paramount Theatre
Bear Hands Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/19/2014 Richmond VA The National 12/07/2014 Orlando FL Central Florida Fairgrounds 12/06/2014 Saint Petersburg FL Vinoy Park 12/05/2014 Jacksonville FL Metropolitan Park 11/15/2014 Poughkeepsie NY The Loft 11/13/2014 Pittsburgh PA Cattivo 11/11/2014 Milwaukee WI Eagles Ballroom 11/07/2014 Des Moines IA Wooly's 11/05/2014 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep 11/03/2014 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court 10/31/2014 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 10/30/2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 10/29/2014 Santa Barbara CA Velvet Jones 10/28/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 10/25/2014 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/24/2014 Bakersfield CA B Ryders 10/23/2014 Fresno CA Strummer's 10/22/2014 San Diego CA Birch North Park Theatre 10/19/2014 Lubbock TX Jake's 10/18/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 10/16/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 10/15/2014 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 10/14/2014 Tulsa OK The Vanguard 10/06/2014 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 09/30/2014 Lansing MI The Loft at Harem 09/27/2014 Minneapolis MN Skyway Theatre 09/21/2014 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 09/19/2014 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/19/2014 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/13/2014 Washington DC Union Market 09/09/2014 Rochester NY Montage Music Hall 09/07/2014 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 09/05/2014 Kansas City KS Sporting Park 08/22/2014 Leeds Yorkshire Bramham Park 08/21/2014 Cologne North Rhine-westphal Blue Shell 08/20/2014 Hamburg HH Prinzenbar 08/19/2014 Berlin Privat club 08/09/2014 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/07/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 08/03/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/01/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/01/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 07/30/2014 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 07/26/2014 Buffalo NY Canalside 07/24/2014 Rochester NY Main Street Armory 07/22/2014 Portland ME Port City Music Hall 07/21/2014 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 07/20/2014 South Burlington VT Showcase Lounge 07/18/2014 Toronto ON Echo Beach 07/15/2014 Nashville TN The High Watt 07/13/2014 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 07/12/2014 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 07/11/2014 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 07/11/2014 Columbus OH The Basement 07/09/2014 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 07/08/2014 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep 07/07/2014 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 07/05/2014 Des Moines IA Wooly's 07/03/2014 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio 07/02/2014 Pittsburgh PA Cattivo 06/21/2014 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub 06/20/2014 Norfolk VA The Norva 06/19/2014 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 06/17/2014 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre 06/01/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 05/11/2014 Birmingham War The Institute 05/10/2014 Manchester Man NQ Live 05/05/2014 Wilmington NC Ziggy's By the Sea 05/04/2014 Athens GA The Melting Point 05/02/2014 Gainesville FL High Dive 05/01/2014 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits 04/28/2014 Houston TX 77007 TX Fitzgerald's - Downstairs 04/27/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 04/25/2014 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 04/25/2014 Tulsa OK The Vanguard 04/21/2014 Tucson AZ The Flycatcher 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/18/2014 San Diego CA The Casbah 04/17/2014 Las Vegas NV Backstage Bar & Billiards 04/16/2014 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 04/14/2014 Santa Ana CA Constellation Room 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 04/09/2014 Sacramento CA Assembly Sacramento 04/08/2014 Fresno CA Strummer's 04/05/2014 Eugene OR Wow Hall 04/03/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 04/02/2014 Vancouver BC The Media Club 04/01/2014 Seattle WA Barboza 03/22/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 03/20/2014 Ann Arbor MI Blind Pig 03/19/2014 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 03/18/2014 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio 03/17/2014 Nashville TN The High Watt 03/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater 03/09/2014 San Antonio TX Limelight 03/08/2014 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon 03/07/2014 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn 03/05/2014 Richmond VA Strange Matter 03/04/2014 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub 03/01/2014 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle 02/28/2014 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 02/26/2014 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 02/22/2014 Pawtucket RI The Met 02/21/2014 Buffalo NY The Waiting Room 02/03/2014 Columbus OH The Basement
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date city state venue 09/24/2013 New York NY Mercury Lounge 07/12/2013 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 07/12/2013 Canton OH The Auricle 06/14/2013 Brooklyn NY Lovin' Cup
Bear Hands Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/13/2012 Brooklyn NY Glasslands Gallery 12/06/2012 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie 10/16/2012 Washington DC Howard Theatre 10/10/2012 Saint Petersburg FL State Theatre 09/28/2012 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 09/25/2012 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 09/15/2012 Toronto ON Sound Academy 08/24/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 08/05/2012 Washington DC Red Palace 08/04/2012 Pittsburgh PA Brillobox 08/02/2012 Detroit MI Majestic Theater 08/01/2012 Chicago IL Schubas Tavern 07/31/2012 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews 07/30/2012 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry 07/28/2012 Milwaukee WI Cactus Club 07/27/2012 Indianapolis IN White Rabbit Cabaret 07/26/2012 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 07/24/2012 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place 07/22/2012 Hamden CT The Space 07/21/2012 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 07/20/2012 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory 05/09/2012 New York NY Webster Hall
Bear Hands Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/16/2011 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 09/23/2011 Columbus OH The Basement 07/09/2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick 06/18/2011 New York NY Bowery Ballroom