Music | Ultra5280's Best Shows of 2015

This year brought about some new adventures for our team here at Ultra5280. As a team we probably covered 500+ shows (that we remember). We added new members to our staff, we partied too hard at SXSW, we ate a lot of dust at Riot Fest, we saw grown men naked on stage at The UMS, we froze our ass of at X-Games Aspen and if we had to do it again we wouldn't hesitate. With so many shows under our belt it becomes a difficult task to narrow down our Top Shows. Personally i could list of 15 or so, we asked our group of talented writers and photographers to narrow down their Top 5 and without further adieu we present the top shows of 2015 according to Ultra5280.

Robert Castro: Managing Editor

1. The Weeknd - Austin City Limits Music Festival

2. D'Angelo and The Vanguard - The Ogden Theatre

3. Leon Bridges - SXSW

4. alt-j - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

5. J. Cole - SXSW


Maddie Casey: Music Editor

1. Twenty One Pilots - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

2. Summer Ends Music Festival (Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, Spoon, Hozier, Cold War Kids, Brandon Flowers, Kevin Devine) - Tempe, Arizona

3. José Gonzalez - The Gothic Theatre

4. Misterwives - The Bluebird Theater

5. Catfish & The Bottlemen - Larimer Lounge


Ashley Halligan: Austin Contributor

1. Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well, Soldier Field, Chicago, July 3

2. My Morning Jacket, Austin Music Hall, October 25

3. Neville Brothers Farewell show w/ Widespread Panic, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint, Saenger Theater, New Orleans, May 2

4. Euphoria Music Fest, Break Science joining Big G for the first time, Austin, April 12

5. It's a tie: Sturgill Simpson, Stubbs Austin, April 2 OR Lauryn Hill's taping at ACL Live, November 7


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McClain Morris: Lifestyle Editor

1. Wild Belle - The Hi-Dive

2. Chet Faker - The Gothic Theatre

3. Sylvan Esso - The Gothic Theatre

4. Leon Bridges - The Gothic Theatre

5. alt-j - The Fillmore Auditorium


Liz Whitman: Photographer

1. The Districts – Larimer Lounge 

2. Destroyer – The Bluebird Theater

3. Undergound Music Showcase

4. Foxygen – Fox Theatre

5. Flaming Lips – Gentleman of the Road Festival (Salida)


Matthew Smith: Photographer

1. Modest Mouse - Riot Fest Denver

2. Explosions In The Sky - Riot Fest Denver

3. Wilco - Red Rocks Amphitheater

4. Dashboard Confessional/Third Eye Blind - The Fillmore Auditorium

5.  Lucero - The Ogden Theatre


Haley Midzor: Writer

1. Crosss - Rhino

2. Darius and FKJ - 1Up Colfax 

3. Jackmaster - Vinyl 

4. Mija - 1Up Colfax 

5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Bluebird 


Andrew Rios: Photographer

1. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Doyle Bramhall II, along with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Snowmass Mammoth Fest

2. The Bright Light Social Hour - Fly Me to the Moon in Telluride

3. Pretty Lights - Telluride

4. ZZ Top - Telluride Blues and Brews

5. Shakey Graves - The Ogden Theatre

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