Grab tickets to these 5 concerts before they sell out

Some shows are in December, and a few are in early 2019.

Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed during the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival held on the Boston Common.
Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed during the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival held on Boston Common. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Congratulations to the beloved Boston ska-punk outfit: Their annual holiday residence is old enough to vote this year. Hometown Throwdown 21 is returning to Lansdowne Street for the last weekend in December, taking over the House of Blues. Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett himself said tickets for all three shows are moving fast, so maybe give yourself an early holiday gift and grab yours now. (Friday, Dec. 28-Sunday, Dec. 30; House of Blues, Boston; $27-$46; all ages; tickets available here)


Hop Along
Philadelphia indie band Hop Along has had quite the year, releasing their latest album, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog,” to critical acclaim. And their star continues to rise: Back in May, the played The Sinclair; now, they’re headlining the Paradise. The buzz is catching on, because ticket sales are picking up, so pick up yours soon and celebrate New Year’s Eve Eve Eve (if that’s a thing) with this up-and-coming act. (Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $20; 18+; with Horse Jumper Of Love; tickets available here)

The Sheila Divine
This seminal Boston alt-rock act will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their debut album, “New Parade,” in 2019, and plans to release a new album in the new year, too. So it’s fitting that they’d have one of their first shows of note in January. Varialle suggested picking up tickets sooner as opposed to later, as beloved local acts like The Sheila Divine have a way of selling out shows in front of their home crowd. (Friday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15; 18+; with Bethlehem Steel, Mint Green; tickets available here)

Eric Church
Country juggernaut Eric Church has been topping the Billboard country music charts for the better part of the last decade, so it’s no surprise that he’ll be headlining the Garden when he comes to Boston in early 2019. What is a surprise is that his show isn’t sold out…yet. Gillis pointed out that select floor, loge, and balcony tickets are still available, but they’re few and far between. (Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $64.50-$378; all ages; tickets available here)


Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest is the brainchild of Virgina lo-fi artist Will Toledo. Toledo started the project back in 2010, recording and releasing a dozen albums on the Bandcamp platform before fleshing out the band both live and in studio with a full complement of musicians. The band played Boston Calling last year, so to see them in a room the size of Royale will be a treat. Varialle said to scoop your tickets up fast before they sell out. (Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $30-$35; all ages; tickets available here)

Correction: A previous version of this story had an incorrect date for Car Seat Headrest’s Boston concert. The band’s show is on Feb. 14. regrets the error.