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 and Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
Nothing But Thieves
Earlier this year, the English alt-rock band was in town to play the House of Blues, opening for LA rockers AWOLNATION. This time around, they’re headlining the Paradise Rock Club as their Broken Machine World Tour rolls on. Gillis said to get your tickets sooner rather than later, as the show is getting close to selling out. (Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $22.50; all ages; with Demob; tickets available here)
This globe-spanning musical collective is a sight to behold live, incorporating bottles of soda as percussion instruments and inflatable fish as stage decorations. (Check them out below in their recent NPR Tiny Desk session.) Varriale and The Sinclair’s Twitter feed both say there’s only about 50 tickets left to their show, so grab yours fast. (Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $17-20; 18+; with Yuno; tickets available here)
Donald Glover is on quite a run with his musical alter-ego. “Redbone” was one of the biggest hits of last summer, and “This Is America” — his stunning, emotional take on race relations in the United States — has more than a quarter of a billion views on YouTube. Expect big hooks and eye-catching theatrics at his Garden show, which is running low on tickets, according to Gillis. (Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $45-125; tickets available here)
Sting & Shaggy
At first blush, a project between the founding bassist and singer of The Police and the Jamaican reggae legend comes off as a bit confusing. Clearly, though, people are buying into their eclectic collaboration, because Gillis pointed out that tickets to their House of Blues show are down to just a handful of standing room only spots on the floor. (Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $105; 18+; tickets available here)
Even if you’re not totally familiar with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ben Rector, you’ve likely heard his smash hit “Brand New,” which has popped up in 40 different television shows and films since its release two years ago. With a song that big, it’s no surprise Gillis said that tickets to his September show are going fast. (Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $29.50-54; 18+; with The Band Camino; tickets available here)