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 Shawn Robidoux of The Wilbur. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
The LA-based post-punk band made the jump earlier this year from one respected independent label to another, leaving Vagrant Records and releasing their third studio album on Epitaph Records. They bring their Cure- and Elvis Costello-inspired rock to Royale this weekend, but Varriale suggested snapping up tickets today and not waiting until Saturday. (Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $25; all ages; tickets available here)
The enigmatic, veil-clad budding country star has been making waves with his new album, “Pony.” His label, Sub Pop Records, tweeted that his entire North American tour is almost completely sold out, and Varriale said Boston is no exception. (Tuesday, April 23 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Allston; $10-$12; 18+; tickets available here)
It’s not every day that you have the chance to see a legend like Patti Smith live. This month, you do. It’s a borderline miracle that the show isn’t sold out yet; there are a handful of balcony tickets and some mezzanine tickets scattered about. But Gillis pointed out that they won’t be around for much longer. (Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum, Boston; $43-$54; all ages; tickets available here)
Foals aren’t messing around in 2019. They’ve already released one album — “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1” — and have “Part 2” waiting in the wings for release this fall. Since the beginning of the year, rumors have swirled that the band will be announced as Glastonbury headliners, so to see them in a room like the House of Blues will be a treat. Gillis said to get your tickets soon. (Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $33-$48; all ages; tickets available here)
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Before you ask: Yes, it’s that Jeff Goldblum. “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” “The Fly,” and all the rest. You see, when Goldblum isn’t on the big screen, he’s playing jazz piano with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. And yes, the show is a little further down the line, Robidoux noted, but Goldblum’s star power is moving tickets already. (Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $65-$100; all ages; tickets available here)