PICS: Cage the Elephant at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

'Come a little closer': As if there was any doubt, Cage the Elephant's recent San Diego show proved the indie-rock band is an incomparable live act.

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As expected, the Kentucky-based group -- which got its start in 2006 -- put on a simply unforgettable show.
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Cage is currently comprised of the Shultz brothers, Matt (vocalist) and Brad (guitarist, pictured), Nick Bockrath (guitarist), Matthan Minster (multi-instrumentalist), Daniel Tichenor (bassist) and Jared Champion (drummer).
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The band has, without a doubt, become one of the greatest live acts of the modern rock & roll age -- we challenge you to find any review of one of the band's concerts that isn't completely glowing.
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While we don't know exactly what look frontman Matt Shultz was really going for during the band's July 20 show (which also featured Beck and Spoon; see their photos separately on SoundDiego.com), it was quite entertaining nonetheless!
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After releasing their self-titled album in 2008 (containing their first hit "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"), and a sophomore record titled "Thank You, Happy Birthday" in 2011, Cage hit their stride in a big way on 2015's "Melophobia," which earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. (Champion pictured)
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The group's fourth album, 2015's "Tell Me I'm Pretty," produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, only solidified their reputation as one of rock's best bands -- it won Best Rock Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. This past April, they released their fifth studio album "Social Cues." (Brad Shultz pictured)
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Matt Shultz, who some have called a combination of Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger, definitely has a thing for crowd participation: As he's been known to do, he got up in the crowd during the band's set!
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In fact, both Shultz brothers ended up in the crowd at various points.
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During their Saturday night set, Cage performed 20 songs including "Cry Baby," "Broken Boy," "Spiderhead," "Too Late to Say Goodbye," "Cold Cold Cold," "Ready to Let Go," "Social Cues"... (Tichenor, left, and Bockrath pictured)
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Followed by "Tokyo Smoke," "Mess Around," "Trouble," "Skin and Bones," "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," "Back Against the Wall," "It's Just Forever," "Telescope"... (Matt Shultz pictured)
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And wrapped up with "House of Glass," "Come a Little Closer," "Shake Me Down," "Cigarette Daydreams" and their closer, "Teeth." During Beck's subsequent set, Matt Shultz came back on during his encore to sing their new collaborative single "Night Running" together! (Brad Shultz pictured)
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We were simply blown away by the fiery, energetic show and highly recommend that if you have a chance to catch them live -- you should take it without hesitation! Come back soon, lads!
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