We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016 — with 1 comment 2015 Best Of 2015 Best Of List


Blur at MSG

I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.

40. Ryan Adams at Governors Ball

1_Ryan Adams_Governors Ball 2015

39. Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9)

1_Future Islands_Terminal 5

38. Diarrhea Planet at Bowery Ballroom (April 4)


37. Tallest Man On Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 2)

1_The Tallest Man On Earth_MHOW

36. FFS at Terminal 5 (October 6)


35. Kishi Bashi at The McKittrick Hotel (November 4)

1_Kishi Bashi_The McKittrick Hotel

34. Alvvays at Bowery Ballroom (April 2)

1_Alvvays_Bowery Ballroom

33. My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball

1_My Morning Jacket_Governors Ball 2015

32. Dr. Dog at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 10)

1_Dr Dog_MHOW

31. The Growlers at Baby’s All Right (March 7)

1_The Growlers_Baby's All Right

30. Panda Bear @ MOMA PS1 (Janaury 11)

1_Panda Bear_MomaPS1

29. Savages at Mercury Lounge (January 21)

1_Savages_Mercury Lounge

28. Tobias Jesso Jr at Baby’s All Right (March 27)

2_Tobias Jesso Jr_Baby's All Right

27. Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

1_Beirut_Bowery Ballroom

26. Kendrick Lamar @ Terminal 5 (November 2)

1_Kendrick Lamar_Terminal 5

25. U2 at Madison Square Garden (July 19)

1_U2_Madison Square Garden

24. Ben Folds at Bowery Ballroom (April 27)

1_Ben Folds + yMusic_Bowery Ballroom

23. Spoon @ Kings Theatre (June 16)

1_Spoon_Kings Theatre

22. Modest Mouse @ Webster Hall (March 19)

1_Modest Mouse_Webster Hall

21. Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (October 7)

1_Tame Impala_Terminal 5

20. Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18)

1_Foals_Terminal 5

19. Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom (February 14)

1_Father John Misty_Bowery Ballroom

18. Death Cab For Cutie at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 28)

1_Death Cab_MHOW

17. Florence + The Machine at Music Hall of Williamsburg

1_Florence and the Machine_MHOW

16. Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom (December 3)

1_Dinosaur Jr_Bowery Ballroom

15. Bjork at Carnegie Hall (March 14)


14. My Morning Jacket at The Beacon (November 25)

1_My Morning Jacket_Beacon Theatre

13. Blur at Madison Square Garden (October 23)

3_Blur_Madison Square Garden

12. El Vy @ Bowery Ballroom (November 13)

1_El Vy_Bowery Ballroom

11. Sufjan Stevens @ The Beacon Theatre (April 11)


10. Muse at Webster Hall (May 8)

1_Muse_Webster Hall

9. Joanna Newsom at The Apollo Theater(December 11)

1_Joanna Newsom_The Apollo Theater

8. Sufjan Stevens at Loew’s Jersey Theatre (October 31)

1_Sufjan Stevens_Loew's Jersey Theatre

7. Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom (May 19)

1_Courtney Barnett_Bowery Ballroom

6. The Arcs @ Housing Works (9/9)

1_The Arcs_Housing Works

5. Leon Bridges at Mercury Lounge (February 17)

1_Leon Bridges_Mercury Lounge

4. Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3)

1_Hot Chip_Baby's All Right

3. Beach House @ Baby’s All Right (August 27)

1_Beach House_Baby's All Right

2. Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel (December 16)


1. Blur at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 1)


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