Grab tickets to these 5 concerts before they sell out

The shows are all coming up pretty soon.

Joey Ryan, left, and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.
Joey Ryan, left, and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018 in Nashville. –AP Photo / Mark Zaleski

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, Shawn Robidoux of the Wilbur, and Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.

This trio is from Nashville, but they’re not country. They roared onto the scene in 2015 with their growling, gritty debut album, “Feels Like.” Their star has risen ever since, and they continue to tour on their sophomore album, “Losing,” released last year. Varriale recommended grabbing your ticket fast, because the show is coming soon and close to selling out. (Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $18-$20; 18+; with Honey Cutt; tickets available here)


Cat Power
Coming off of a stellar set at Riot Fest in Chicago last week, this singer-songwriter is taking to the road on a tour that will find her in Boston on the same day that her new album, “Wanderer,” will drop. It’s an album of cover songs, so expect a bunch at the Paradise. And grab tickets soon, Gillis said, because they’re moving. (Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $32; 18+; with Willis Earl Beal, tickets available here)

Social Distortion
It’s no surprise that these So Cal punk rock legends are still going strong 40 years after the release of their debut album. What’s surprising is that their show isn’t sold out — yet. It will be eventually, according to Gillis, so nab a ticket quickly to see Mike Ness and the gang bring the house down at the House of Blues. (Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40; 18+; with Will Hoge, Pony Bradshaw, tickets available here)

Lykke Li
This Swedish singer-songwriter and model is on the road supporting her latest album, “So Sad So Sexy.” Earlier this month, she popped up at New York Fashion Week and also performed on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Next month, she’ll headline the Paradise for a show that’s very low on tickets, according to Gillis. (Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30.50; all ages; with Tiron & Ayomari; tickets available here)


The Milk Carton Kids
The Milk Carton Kids are Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, an indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California. Fresh off of an appearance at Americana Fest in Nashville — and an accompanying feature on NPR — the pair will play the Wilbur next month. Robidoux said tickets to the show are still around, but there won’t be many for long. (Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $31-$47; 18+; with The Garr Brothers; tickets available here)

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