American indie pop rock band COIN kicked off their “Uncanny Valley” tour this month in Phoenix, AZ, and made their way to CA with stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, and most recently, San Francisco. The sold-out San Francisco show took place at The Regency Ballroom and opened with “Learning,” one of the hit songs in their Uncanny Valley album which was released in March 2022.
Throughout the entire 23-song set, the band performed with incredible energy, and lead vocalist Chase Lawrence frequently jumped off the stage to engage with fans. In addition to the songs in the Uncanny Valley album, they also played a few singles including “Brad Pitt” and “Cutie,” along with “Talk Too Much,” a fan favorite from their 2017 album How Will You Know If You Never Try. Throughout the set, the LED panel on the stage displayed impressive visuals which were individually crafted for each song.
COIN’s North American tour continues through October 2022 – make sure to catch one of their upcoming shows and enjoy these photos from the San Francisco show!
Nashville celebrated the night of Mardi Gras by attending the co-headlined Dream Tour at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, and alt-J was the final band to play. alt-J opened up their set with “Something Good,” and revealed to the audience the screened-in box that made up their stage. Projected images danced across those screens, resulting in visuals that were ethereal, abstract, and mesmerizing.
alt-J played songs off of their latest album The Dream, including “Bane” and “U&ME.” The screens around the stage lifted for the duration of “Matilda,” in which the audience was invited to sing along to the more intimate song, and then the screens came back down for the rest of the night. Along with the new music, alt-J played all of our old favorites, closing out the show with “Left Hand Free” and “Breezeblocks.”
Take a look at our gallery for photos of the night!
Nashville celebrated the night of Mardi Gras by attending the co-headlined Dream Tour at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Portugal. The Man took the stage before alt-J, playing fan-favorite singles such as “Live in the Moment” and “Feel It Still,” along with their latest “What, Me Worry?” The audience raved for the wild light show that accompanied the set, and sang their hearts out as Portugal. The Man ended their portion of the show with “Purple Yellow Red and Blue.”
And the most meaningful part of the night was just before Portugal. The Man took the stage, where they acknowledged and honored the Indigenous people whose land they were performing on. In this case, the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes, among others. The moment was much appreciated by all in attendance.
Take a look at our gallery for images from the night!
Artist to watch Bri Zoli is new to your Spotify playlist, but she’s not new to the stage. She’s a classically trained flutist and vocalist who has performed across the globe and has finally put out music she can call her own. She released her first two singles last year, and her angelic voice and emotional melodies are here to stay. We were happy to get to talk to her at the start of this new year!
CROWDSURFER MAG: You put out your first two songs ever in 2020 –
BRI ZOLI: What a year, what a year.
CSM: Exactly. But how does it feel to be releasing music?
BZ: It’s great! I’ve been working on music for years and years. I just felt like the time was right for me in 2020. I felt like I was able to finally super focus on my music and it just felt like the right time to put it out for me, personally.
CSM: And “Lullaby” is your most recent single. What was the inspiration for that song?
BZ: So the vibe of that is definitely different from “Your Eyes Only,” which is my first single that I put out in June. “Lullaby” is kind of like a haunting, whisper-type track. It’s a vibe that I feel like I’ve been wanting to create for so long and I never knew how to put it into words. I think with “Lullaby” I really wanted to get out that poetic, melodic, haunting song, and I think we’ve really kind of hit the nail on the head there.
CSM: We watched the music video for “Lullaby,” too! You’re also a model, so how did having that experience play out for you in your music video?
BZ: So my boyfriend is actually a photographer and videographer. We met on a shoot a couple of years ago, so we’ve been collaborating on shoots and videos just for fun throughout the years. So obviously I was like, this is perfect, we can just do our thing, but it’d be music video! But the thing no one tells you is it’s so much work! I did all the post-production myself, so I was like, this takes so much time! But it was an amazing experience.
CSM: We’ve been talking to so many people this last year who decided to learn how to do everything themselves!
BZ: You kind of have to these days! We have all the things we need to be able to do it, so why not just do it all?
And continuing to speak of skills, you not only have modeling experience, but you also grew up in music! How has that influenced your songs today?
BZ: So I grew up classically trained in flute and voice, and it was like my whole life. I think growing up in that world – I was in an orchestra and just playing with the world’s greatest composers and constantly being around that kind of music – I think it really
influenced me, and I think that also influenced “Lullaby” in those beautiful, harmonic big choruses and all the instrumentals that went into that. I think my personal style is very much emotional in that way, so I really appreciate all those lessons and just constantly being around music because I think it really helped prepare me for being an artist.
CSM: What’s your writing process like?
BZ: If I’m just doing something about myself and I’m inspired, I’ll sit at the piano and just play something and then melodies come to me. I rarely start with an idea first, it’s kind of like “this sounds cool” and then I’ll do a melody and then whatever comes to me. And it’s kind of the same when I work with producers!
CSM: How did you stage name come about?
BZ: So this was something that I was literally harping on for years! For me, my stage name has to have a meaning and make sense. I wanted to keep “Bri” because you know, that’s my my first name,
but I didn’t want to use my last name. So I’m Hungarian, my mom’s a hundred percent Hungarian, and she was gonna name me Zoltana because her father’s name was Zoltan. And I’ve always loved that name. And I was like, Mom, why didn’t you name me that, that would have been so cool! And my nickname would have been Zoli, which is what I decided to be the second half of my name. What could be more perfect to honor who I could have been and can be?
CSM: Did going through quarantine and lockdown and all of that help you grow in your music?
BZ: Absolutely. Being able to collaborate virtually with other artists has actually been amazing, and having that time I wouldn’t have had before, I’ve been able to focus so much more. I feel like this year I probably wrote more songs than the last couple of years!
CSM: What can we look forward to from you this year?
BZ: So I have my third single coming out soon, it’s going to be called “Faling.” It’s going to be different from the first two, it’ll be grungier and moodier, I’m really excited about it. And then after that my EP will probably be coming out in late 2021!
CSM: I’m excited for that! Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
BZ: I think to be not as hard on myself, to stop overthinking things, and just go with my creative process. If I write something, and I like it, it’s better to just put it out in the world than to refine it millions and millions of times.
CSM: I think we could all use a little more of that mentality. If you like it, go for it! I saw you joined the Game of Thrones bandwagon, even though we’re all off of it?
BZ: I actually really love it! The funny thing is I watched the finale first and I was so confused, I was like, why do people like this? But now I’ve started from the beginning and I totally get it. So that will be my 2021 guilty pleasure.
Well, thanks for taking time to talk to us today!
BZ: Thank you so much!
Take a listen to “Lullaby,” and keep your eyes out for Bri Zoli’s next single!
You probably know The Unlikely Candidates from their hit song “Novocaine,” which just topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in March. We got to talk with lead vocalist Kyle Morris about their latest single “High Low” as well as making music and staying creative during this pandemic.
CROWDSURFER: It’s been about a month since “High Low” came out, and I wanted to say I absolutely can connect with it. Where did the inspiration for this song come from?
KYLE MORRIS: The song is about growing up, really. I think the older you get, the more people kind of spread out and do their own thing. I wrote this about coming home from tour and realizing that this has kind of happened even more. But I wrote it a week before quarantine happened, and then I rewrote it during quarantine. It took on a new life because the whole thing takes place in a guy’s apartment where he has nothing to do but think about his friends.
CS: You were in tour when things shut down, right?
KM: Yeah, it really sucked. As we were touring, we would hear that the last venue we were at was closing. We were like, this is catching up really fast. Then we played in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and there was a blizzard. So we stayed there in a cabin, completely snowed in, and we had to make the decision to leave tour. It kind of felt like the end of the world.
CS: Was the process of making this song different because of restrictions of the pandemic?
KM: Usually I’ll go and track the vocals at my producer’s studio, but we couldn’t do that. So, I basically had my producer on Facetime and he would help me, but I was just in my closet at home. So that song was recorded in my closet! Like the old days.
CS: We’re all working from home, even in the music industry! Speaking of, what has it been like for you during this odd and difficult time for the industry?
KM: It’s been rough because we had a #1 single, and this was the year that we were supposed to harvest the fruits of our labor. And we didn’t really get to do that. So we started Flatten the Hump Day, our weekly stream, to give people something to do. We’re coming up on our 16th week of doing it which is absolutely insane.
CS: I’m so impressed by that!
KM: Yeah, I think we’re doing it to stay sane at this point! We’re running out of ideas though. We only have so many songs, but we’ve been trying to mix it up. One week we did emo week and covered our favorite emo songs. We all dressed up with black wigs and fingerless gloves, it was pretty ridiculous.
CS: Well, I definitely want to watch the emo week one.
KM: The emo week one was pretty good. Not gonna lie, it was a little rough to sing. Those voices are pretty high!
CS: I realize it might be hard to answer this question, but what’s next for The Unlikely Candidates?
KM: Just trying to write as many cool songs as possible. Last year I didn’t get to write that much because we spent a lot of time promoting “Novocaine.”
CS: Do you think you’ll be able to get out to LA for recording or will there be more closet songs?
KM: It’s basically all closet stuff. But it’s pretty dope! I’ve had people ask me if I’m going to keep doing this afterwards, and I’m like yeah. I think that this works just as well.
CS: Anything else you want us to know?
KM: We have a video coming up for “High Low.” And stay tuned for Hump Days 19-55! Maybe a drive-in theater, too. I’ve been trying to set one of those up.
CS: We’re fans of drive-in concerts, so I hope you get to play one! Thanks for taking time to talk today!
KM: Thank you! Keep watching Flatten the Hump Day at 3PM central!
“High Low” is out now, and you can listen to it here.
Australian group The Jungle Giants headlined at the iconic Bowery Ballroom on February 7, 2020. They had the whole crowd moving and dancing and even gave some special attention to a couple of Aussie fans who were singing along to every song! Take a look at some pictures from the night below.