PICS: Walk the Moon, K. Flay at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

'Shut up and dance': Walk the Moon and K. Flay provided opening-set fireworks at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre recently.

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The two acts were in town opening for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Saturday, July 21.
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Earlier this year, K. Flay was forced to postpone her Observatory North Park show due to complications with the venue. It was great to have her back in San Diego!
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Walk the Moon might as well be synonymous with "radio airplay" at this point -- the indie-pop band has enjoyed a string of hits over the last five years.
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They originally got together in 2008 and hail from the scenic coastal town of Cincinnati, Ohio (we kid). As you might've guessed, their band name is derived from the Police hit "Walking on the Moon."
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The group was started by lead singer Nicholas Petricca in 2006, while a student at Kenyon College.
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Aside from Petricca, their current lineup consists of bassist Kevin Ray, drummer Sean Waugaman, and guitarist Eli Maiman (pictured).
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After releasing their debut studio album, "I Want! I Want!," in 2010, they started to receive radio love for the single "Anna Sun." (Kevin Ray pictured)
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The next year, they'd sign to RCA Records and in 2012, they released their self-titled major label debut full-length album. Two years later, they released their next album, "Talking Is Hard," which included the smash hit "Shut Up and Dance."
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"Shut Up and Dance" would go on to peak at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts.
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The band has cited Talking Heads, David Bowie, the Killers, the Police, Tears for Fears and Phil Collins as big influences.
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Just a couple years ago, they performed at FM 94/9's Independence Jam, as well as opening for Panic! At the Disco at SDSU's Open Air Theatre! It was great to have 'em back in town.
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Rap artist K. Flay rocked the stage before Walk the Moon. Born Kristine Flaherty, K. Flay grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. She began her music career around 2003.
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In an interview with SoundDiego in 2014, she told us: "I was in college, and I was not making music prior to that. I wasn’t even thinking about it. When I came to California for school, there was a weird time in mainstream rap on the radio -- I feel like now we’re in a really good time, where there’s a lot of complex, emotional stuff that’s coming out of our hip-hop world -- but then, in terms of radio stuff, there wasn’t much, and I was kind of talkin’ s--- to my friend, and he basically challenged me to come up with something better."
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She continued: "It was a sort of weird progression of events. I started doing it for fun, as a joke, but there was something that really captivated me about writing songs both from a lyrical standpoint and a production standpoint. It was this world that had previously been unknown to me, but it was really this process of discovery that was really cool for me to be having as a 19-, 20-year-old."
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K. Flay released a mixtape, "Suburban Rap Queen," in 2005, which she produced on her laptop and began performing in the local music scene.
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After the release of a couple more mixtapes, she signed with RCA Records in 2012, releasing two EPs: "Eyes Shut" in 2012, with songs produced by Liam Howlett from the British band the Prodigy, and "What If It Is" in 2013. She parted ways with RCA Records later that year.
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In early 2014, K.Flay announced the release of her album "Life as a Dog," by offering fans the ability to pre-order via PledgeMusic, reaching 196 percent of her initial goal. She wanted the project to be "DIY [and] self-motivated". That record was released independently on June 10, 2014. The album reached No. 14 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
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After signing to Night Street Records (a division of Interscope Records), she released "Crush Me" in August 2016. Her next album, "Every Where Is Some Where," was released the following year.
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That album's track "Blood in the Cut" was nominated for Best Rock Song, and the album was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
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