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Three Shows to Cure Your Sold-Out Blues

Your favorite show already sold out? Fear not. We've rounded up some alternatives.  

 Sold Out: Shiny Toy Guns at Rickshaw
The Alternate: Ultraista

Shiny Toy Guns relies fairly heavily on its synthesizers to achieve their 80s pop sound. Ultraista also has synths going off, but they let the percussion lead the stampede of sound and like Shiny Toy Gun’s Cara Faye Charnow, vocalist Laura Bettinson has a voice that runs smooth and silky through each track. Oh, and you can expect a decent light show too. Mon. 10/22, $15, The Independent, 628 Divisadero Ave. 

Sold Out: Electric Guest at the Independent
Alternate: Twin Sister

Both bands are experiential pop, both have lead singers with killer voices, but one sold out way too fast for our liking. Luckily, Long Island’s Twin Sister will still supply lithe poppy beats like “Bad Street” alongside their more atmospheric, moody singles like “Meet the Frownies.” Wed. 11/ 7, $10, Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.

Sold Out: Bob Dylan at The Greek Theater
Alternate: Husky

Go ahead and say it: “Nothing will compare to Bob and the Greek.” We know. But this Australian quartet’s mellow, acoustically driven, wandering tunes will at least lower your stress levels. Since Bob’s influence on modern music has had a global effect, it’s not stretch to say that Husky’s lyrics, which consist of raw, poetic metaphors that work as personal confessions, are akin to those of the master. No harmonica-wailing though. (Hey, you can’t ask for everything.) Tues. 10/30, $10, Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St.