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 Vassalo and Bridget Gillis of Live Nation. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
New Found Glory
Twenty years on, this pop punk quartet from Coral Springs, Florida, is still pogoing around the stage like teenagers. According to Gillis, there are still balcony tickets and some standing room only space on the mezzanine. But act fast: The show is less than a week away. (Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $28-41; with Bayside, The Movielife, William Ryan Ken; tickets available here)
Jimmy Eat World
These emo legends are still touring on 2016’s “Integrity Blues,” but expect them to throw in a couple of new tracks into their live set, as well as all your old favorites. Buzzworthy Australian indie artist Alex Lahey is opening, so make sure you get there early. And get your tickets soon — Gillis said standing room only are the only ones left. (Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $30; with Alex Lahey; tickets available here)
This Aussie singer-songwriter’s wistful, romantic style is a near-perfect fit for a late spring night on the Boston waterfront. Vassalo echoed the message you’ll find when you click through to pick up tickets: “Only single seats are left. You’ll be sitting solo.” And maybe that’s a good thing, with all that romance in the night air. (Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston; all ages; $49.50; with Alice Merton; tickets available here)
Another rock show at the House of Blues, another instance in which Gillis informed that standing room only are the only tickets left. That’s no surprise given the French pop-rock quartet’s decade-plus of solid studio releases and reputation for a tight live show. (Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; all ages; $39.50; tickets available here)
Alt-rock icon. Grammy winner. Guy who wrote “Loser,” but is anything but. Beck is a legend, and his live shows often wind up in a cacophony of melodious noise made by strange and exotic instruments. There’s a smattering of good seats still available, but they’re going fast, according to Vassalo. (Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; all ages; $49.50; tickets available here)