6 Boston concerts that are close to selling out

Don’t sleep on these tickets if you want to get into the shows.

Indie rock duo Wye Oak. Pictured: Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner.
Indie rock duo Wye Oak. –Shervin Lainez

Do you ever assume you can wait to get tickets at the door to your favorite shows, only to find that they already sold out? We consulted promoters from different venues around town — Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston, Alex Pickert of Middle East Nightclub, and Ryan Agate of RTT Presents — to warn you about which Boston concerts are running low on tickets. If you snooze this time, don’t say we never told you so.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
It’s always a treat when bands make the trip from Australia to play smaller bars in the States. It’s even better when the band is as talked about as indie rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — they likely won’t be playing bars for long. Ahead of the release of the quintet’s debut full-length album in June, they’ll play Great Scott along with Allston’s own Beeef, and according to Varriale, tickets are moving quickly. (Friday, May 11 at 10:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $10-$12; 21+; with Beeef; tickets available here) (Editor’s note: The author of this article is a member of Beeef.)


Wye Oak
Baltimore indie-folkers Wye Oak have established a dedicated following over the past decade thanks to their six-album repertoire and signature two-piece live dynamic. On the heels of their newest record, “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs,” the band will play The Sinclair, along with buzzy art rockers Palm. With new music from both bands, Varriale said that this show is a hot ticket. (Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$23; 18+; with Palm; tickets available here)

Nervous Dater
Three albums in, and the buzz continues to grow for Brooklyn emo quartet Nervous Dater. They’ll be joined by fellow New Yorkers Hard Pass, Lowell-based alt-rockers oldSoul, and local indie quartet Elephants in Boston, and Agate said that the bill in full has tickets moving fast. (Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub, Boston; $8; !8+; with oldSoul, Hard Pass, Elephants; tickets available here)

Felix Da Housecat
Chicago house music stalwart Felix Da Housecat has spent more than two decades at the forefront of the techno music scene. The two-time Grammy nominee will be a special guest DJ at Binary, the monthly dance night at Sonia. Given the big name paired with the modest-sized Cambridge venue, Pickert said that tickets won’t last much longer. (Saturday, May 19 at 9 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; $20; 18+; with Erlon, Cost Carma; tickets available here)


Roddy Radiation (of The Specials) backed by the Scotch Bonnets
British ska revival legend Roddy Radiation spent much of his earlier years as the guitarist for two-tone pioneers The Specials. His upcoming U.S. tour is a rare occurrence, made better by an opening set from local rocksteady favorites The Void Union. According to Agate, these two factors combined have this show headed for a sellout. (Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub, Boston; $10-$12; 18+; with The Void Union; tickets available here)

Ghostface Killah
Staten Island lyricist Ghostface Killah has one of the most recognizable and furious flows in hip-hop. The Wu-Tang affiliate is a regular tourer, but Middle East Downstairs can only hold so many. If you’re trying to get into this show, Pickert said that you’re smart to buy early. (Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $25; 18+; tickets available here)