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.
These Canadian rockers were 2018’s chart toppers north of the border: Their song “Knocking At The Door” was No. 1 for 14 straight weeks and ended up the most-played alt-rock song of the year on Neilsen’s Billboard Canadian Airplay charts. Clearly, word is catching on in the States, as Varialle said their show is on the verge of selling out, just like their New York tour opener already has. (Monday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $19-$21 18+; with The Greeting Committee; tickets available here)
Just last week, the pop star had the top three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 Rings,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” and “Thank U, Next” — a feat not achieved since The Beatles pulled it off in 1964. To say Grande is on top right now would be an understatement and, according to Gillis, your choice in tickets to see her is limited. (Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $110+; all ages; tickets available here)
The Barr Brothers
American brothers Andrew and Brad Barr found their voices and founded their band in Montreal. Over the years, the band’s rotating cast of members has become a who’s who of that city’s burgeoning folk scene. The band’s popularity has grown, so much so that Varriale claimed that tickets to their show will be gone by month’s end. (Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $21-$24; 18+; with La Force; tickets available here)
This Melbourne, Australia indie trio made waves in 2018 with their well-received sophomore album, “How to Socialise & Make Friends.” But the biggest waves of all come from their raucous live performances. It’s no surprise, then, that Gillis reported brisk ticket sales in advance of their April show in Somerville. (Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m.; ONCE Ballroom, Somerville; $17-$20; all ages; tickets available here)
How is it that Bowery Boston is calling a show in May a “low ticket show” in late February? Because the headliner is Filthy Friends, an indie rock supergroup founded by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney and featuring members of seminal bands like King Crimson and the Minus 5. Grab your tickets and catch some indie legends. (Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$22; 18+; with Dressy Bessy; tickets available here)