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 like Bridget Gillis of Live Nation, Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston, and Beth Krudys from Fenway Park. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
The bad news: Dave Grohl’s Fighters of Foo have sold out the first of their two shows at Fenway Park this month. The good news: There are still tickets available for the second show. But they’re going fast, according to Krudys. Stop by Bill’s Bar before the show for a free Foo at Fenway pre-show, courtesy of this writer’s own indie617. (Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; all ages; $59-99; with Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz; tickets available here)
Panic! At The Disco
Once upon a time (in 2004), Panic! At The Disco was a wee emo band from Las Vegas with My Chemical Romance-level aspirations. In the last decade-plus, they’ve become one of two 2000s-era emo acts — the other being Fall Out Boy — to achieve full-fledged pop stardom. So it’s no surprise they’re playing the Garden, and that there’s only a handful of tickets left, according to Gillis. (Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $46-76; with ARIZONA, Hayley Kiyoko; tickets available here)
Hot off the release of their Bowie-influenced new album, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” these English rockers will headline the Garden, a venue they last played as a supporting act for The Black Keys in 2012. Gillis pointed out that only select balcony and loge tickets remain, so get some before they’re gone. (Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $35-45; tickets available here)
Over the last few years, this Austin act has built up a solid fan base by self-releasing their special brand of upbeat-yet-chill music on Bandcamp. Now signed to Epitaph Records, their star is rising even higher, and Varialle said their Sunday night set at The Sinclair is close to selling out. (Sunday, July 29 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; 18+; $15; with Hot Flash Heat Wave, The Symposium; tickets available here)
From his founding of preeminent art-rock group Talking Heads to his extensive solo and collaborative work, there’s no arguing against David Byrne’s legendary status. His American Utopia Tour will land at the Pavilion on the last day of July, and Gillis said there’s a smattering of tickets left, so take in the sunset and the salt air on the waterfront and enjoy the music of a true rock legend. (Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; all ages; $46-175; tickets available here)