Muse by Amy Price

words & photos by Amy Price

 

We just love Muse. Though they push the envelope for visual theatrics on every tour, their performance at the Austin360 Amphitheater took it to a whole new level with a live Facebook broadcast of the event. The trio (joined by a fourth who handled the keyboard/synths) made great use of onstage tech with a wall of screens that were seamlessly re-configured during the set, broadcasting an array of video and graphics tied to the themes of the songs. This extremely high level of cutting-edge design with solid technicality that supports each nuance of every song, coupled with state-of-the-art sound systems, make this one of the most entertaining  and memorable shows on tour this year.

30 Seconds to Mars had its own hard-core fan group present. Mercurial frontman Jared Leto hit the stage with a mask obscuring his face, but didn't go all Kanye on the audience, removing it after the first song before launching into a high-octane set that hit all the right notes.  PVRIS noted that they were dorks when it came to spelling, but also provided an energetic opener to kick off the evening.