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 Lisa Vassallo and Bridget Gillis of Live Nation. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
After breaking through in 2015 with their hits “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” this band opened for Muse’s 2016 tour, playing TD Garden. Gillis said to act fast if you want to see X Ambassadors headline the House of Blues. (Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $35; with Now, Now; tickets available here)
This LA-based R&B collective will release its second album, “Blood,” on Feb. 2, so by the time the group rolls into town on the 28th, the new songs should have some live polish. Gillis said tickets to the show are selling at a brisk pace. (Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; 18+; $25; with Boulevards; tickets available here)
It’s been over a decade since this indie duo exploded onto the scene with their debut album, “Oracular Spectacular.” A quick peak at the Orpheum’s seating chart for MGMT’s March gig shows some scattered seats, mostly on the balcony — snatch them up. (Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; 18+; $38-$48; tickets available here)
Back with their first new music since 2009, these Chris Carrabba-led emo icons will return to Boston at the end of March. Dashboard made their mark in the early 2000s with live shows that would evolve into massive sing-alongs; Gillis expects Dashboard’s legion of grown-up emo-kid fans to gobble up tickets fast so they can sing along again. (Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $33-$53; with Beach Slang; tickets available here)
For real: JT’s new single is a total banger. And his Man of the Woods Tour has already sold out one night at TD Garden, so Vassallo suggests getting tickets to the second date before that sells out, too. (Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $87 and up; tickets available here)