January Spot Night previews

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter

Bear Hands (Jan. 22)

Bear Hands is an indie rock band that hails from New York. The band consists of Ted Feldman (guitar), Dylan Rau (guitar/vocals), TJ Orscher (drums) and Val Loper (bass). The group formed in 2006, and since then, they released their premier album, “Burning Bush Supper Club,” in 2010 and toured with big names like Passion Pit, who performed at Case Western’s 2013 Fall Concert. You may have heard Bear Hands’ popular single “Giants,” which was recently ranked in the top 10 of the Alternative Songs charts.

Here’s a fun fact for all of you alternative music junkies: Bear Hands’ lead vocalist Dylan Rau is a close friend and previous classmate of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of the ever-popular psychedelic rock duo MGMT, and as a result, Bear Hands has been MGMT’s opening act twice in the past.

Saint Motel (Jan. 29)

Saint Motel is an indie pop band from Los Angeles that has performed with a myriad of similar famous bands recently such as Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer. They released their first album of full length, “Voyeur,” in 2012 and their EP, “My Type,” in 2014. Six of the songs on “Voyeur” charted on the Hype Machine Charts, and their single “My Type” recently became their first Top 40 hit. The song has also been certified gold in Italy and has charted in various European countries.

Their shows have been described as dramatic, complete with themes, costumes and hysterical fun. Meanwhile, their sound has been described as a mix of energetic pop and glamorous rock. They are sure to put on a captivating show.