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.
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date city state venue 3/27/2015 Denver CO Paramount Theatre 6/18/2015 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 6/18/2015 Dover DE Dover International Speedway
date city state venue 2/3/2014 Columbus OH The Basement 2/21/2014 Buffalo NY The Waiting Room 2/22/2014 Pawtucket RI The Met 2/26/2014 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 2/28/2014 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 3/1/2014 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle 3/4/2014 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub 3/5/2014 Richmond VA Strange Matter 3/7/2014 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn 3/8/2014 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon 3/9/2014 San Antonio TX Limelight 3/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater 3/17/2014 Nashville TN The High Watt 3/18/2014 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio 3/19/2014 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 3/20/2014 Ann Arbor MI Blind Pig 3/22/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 4/1/2014 Seattle WA Barboza 4/2/2014 Vancouver BC The Media Club 4/3/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 4/5/2014 Eugene OR Wow Hall 4/8/2014 Fresno CA Strummer's 4/9/2014 Sacramento CA Assembly Sacramento 4/10/2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 4/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 4/14/2014 Santa Ana CA Constellation Room 4/16/2014 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 4/17/2014 Las Vegas NV Backstage Bar & Billiards 4/18/2014 San Diego CA The Casbah 4/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 4/21/2014 Tucson AZ The Flycatcher 4/25/2014 Tulsa OK The Vanguard 4/25/2014 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 4/27/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 4/28/2014 Houston TX 77007 TX Fitzgerald's - Downstairs 5/1/2014 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits 5/2/2014 Gainesville FL High Dive 5/4/2014 Athens GA The Melting Point 5/5/2014 Wilmington NC Ziggy's By the Sea 5/10/2014 Manchester Man NQ Live 5/11/2014 Birmingham War The Institute 6/1/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/17/2014 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre 6/19/2014 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 6/20/2014 Norfolk VA The Norva 6/21/2014 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub 7/2/2014 Pittsburgh PA Cattivo 7/3/2014 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio 7/5/2014 Des Moines IA Wooly's 7/7/2014 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 7/8/2014 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep 7/9/2014 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 7/11/2014 Columbus OH The Basement 7/11/2014 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 7/12/2014 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 7/13/2014 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 7/15/2014 Nashville TN The High Watt 7/18/2014 Toronto ON Echo Beach 7/20/2014 South Burlington VT Showcase Lounge 7/21/2014 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 7/22/2014 Portland ME Port City Music Hall 7/24/2014 Rochester NY Main Street Armory 7/26/2014 Buffalo NY Canalside 7/30/2014 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 8/1/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/1/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/3/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/7/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 8/8/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 8/9/2014 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 8/19/2014 Berlin Privat club 8/20/2014 Hamburg HH Prinzenbar 8/21/2014 Cologne North Rhine-westphal Blue Shell 8/22/2014 Leeds Yorkshire Bramham Park 9/5/2014 Kansas City KS Sporting Park 9/7/2014 Raleigh NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 9/9/2014 Rochester NY Montage Music Hall 9/13/2014 Washington DC Union Market 9/19/2014 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 9/19/2014 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 9/21/2014 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 9/27/2014 Minneapolis MN Skyway Theatre 9/30/2014 Lansing MI The Loft at Harem 10/6/2014 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 10/14/2014 Tulsa OK The Vanguard 10/15/2014 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 10/16/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 10/18/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 10/19/2014 Lubbock TX Jake's 10/22/2014 San Diego CA The Observatory North Park 10/23/2014 Fresno CA Strummer's 10/24/2014 Bakersfield CA B Ryders 10/25/2014 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/28/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 10/29/2014 Santa Barbara CA Velvet Jones 10/30/2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 10/31/2014 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 11/3/2014 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court 11/5/2014 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep 11/7/2014 Des Moines IA Wooly's 11/11/2014 Milwaukee WI The Rave/Eagles Club/Eagles Ballroom 11/13/2014 Pittsburgh PA Cattivo 11/15/2014 Poughkeepsie NY The Loft 12/5/2014 Jacksonville FL Metropolitan Park 12/6/2014 Saint Petersburg FL Vinoy Park 12/7/2014 Orlando FL Central Florida Fairgrounds 12/19/2014 Richmond VA The National
date city state venue 6/14/2013 Brooklyn NY Lovin' Cup 7/12/2013 Canton OH The Auricle 7/12/2013 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 9/24/2013 New York NY Mercury Lounge
date city state venue 5/9/2012 New York NY Webster Hall 7/20/2012 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory 7/21/2012 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 7/22/2012 Hamden CT The Space 7/24/2012 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place 7/26/2012 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 7/27/2012 Indianapolis IN White Rabbit Cabaret 7/28/2012 Milwaukee WI Cactus Club 7/30/2012 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry 7/31/2012 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews 8/1/2012 Chicago IL Schubas Tavern 8/2/2012 Detroit MI Majestic Theater 8/4/2012 Pittsburgh PA Brillobox 8/5/2012 Washington DC Red Palace 8/24/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 9/15/2012 Toronto ON Sound Academy 9/25/2012 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 9/28/2012 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 10/10/2012 Saint Petersburg FL State Theatre 10/16/2012 Washington DC Howard Theatre 12/6/2012 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie 12/13/2012 Brooklyn NY Glasslands Gallery
date city state venue 6/18/2011 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 7/9/2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick 9/23/2011 Columbus OH The Basement 12/16/2011 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg