I had been in hiding since SXSW when I emerged for two shows at the end of April. Both were my first times trying new venues. First was Atlas Genius at the new Emo's East. The venue is nice, but could use lots more parking. It was a packed, sold out show. They sounded great (much better than my videos indicate) and have lots of good songs. It was the first show of their very first headlining tour. I missed them during SXSW, so was happy to have another chance so soon!
The the next night, I headed out to the Circuit of the Americas Amphitheater to see Lumineers. I tried to see them at ACL Festival, but scheduling them on the small Austin Ventures stage was a mistake. I couldn't get close enough to see, and the best way to hear anything was to move around the back. So, it was great to see them in this new venue south of Austin. It's a nice place with good sound. I liked being on the floor, standing. The drive and parking weren't too bad, but might have not been as easy had my friend not sprung for premium parking. I think it's a nice alternative for larger acts, but I don't think I'll be heading out there much. The show was great. Lumineers sounded wonderful. They even came out to the crowd for a nice little acoustic set at the end, which placed us right next to them. Fun show.