Few things are more frustrating to a music fan than hearing that a favorite act is coming to town, only to find out that the show is sold out. We’re here to help you avoid that pitfall — and the overpriced secondary ticket market — by consulting local experts Bridget Gillis of Live Nation, Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston, and Shawn Robidoux of The Wilbur. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
The legendary NYC punk band helped lay the groundwork for the emo movement in the late ’80s and early ’90s. After their breakup in 1996, the members went their separate musical ways for the better part of 20 years, then reunited in 2017. Given their popularity and cult status, it’s surprising their Boston tour date isn’t sold out yet. Gillis said you can still grab a ticket — for now. (Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40; all ages; tickets available here)
This electronic trio formed in Sydney in 2014, and they’ve since gained attention as an opening act for the likes of CHVRCHES and Florence + The Machine. They’re finally out on their own headlining tour playing smaller, more intimate rooms. Grab your tickets to their show in Allston soon, because Varrrialle said there aren’t many left. (Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $13-$15; 18+; with BEACON; tickets available here)
Gary Clark Jr.
The Austin, Texas guitar maestro continues to win over crowds and grow his fan base with his unique blend of blues, rock, hip-hop, and soul. He’s touring in support of his new album, “This Land,” which has him slated for back-to-back nights on Lansdowne Street, headlining House of Blues. Grab your tickets quickly — Gillis said both shows are selling at a fast pace. (Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $44; 18+; tickets available here)
Indie darling Michelle Zauner released her second album, “Soft Sounds from Another Planet,” as Japanese Breakfast in 2017 and saw her star rise in 2018. Case in point: She sold out her April 6 show at The Sinclair, so she was obliged to add an April 1 show. It’s no surprise that Varrialle said this show is on the verge of selling out, too. (Monday, April 1 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+; with Long Beard; tickets available here)
As a songwriter and producer for the likes of Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and Graham Parker, Nick Lowe made a name for himself early on while working with some pretty big names. His Quality Rock & Roll Review, which features surf-rock mainstays Los Straightjackets, will roll into The Wilbur in April, and Robidoux said tickets are going fast. (Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $35-$45 18+; tickets available here)