Last time we heard about a Ben Gibbard concert, we didn't even have time to get a post up before tickets sold out. The Bremerton native and Death Cab for Cutie front man embarks on a much-anticipated tour this fall behind his first solo album, Former Lives, a record he says "spans eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking. [It's] a side story, not a new chapter." There might not be another solo album for a decade, he adds, given how prolific Death Cab continues to be in its fifteenth year, so it's fair to say this is a special occasion. Gibbard will play Showbox at the Market on November 16 with fellow singer-songwriter Damien Jurado opening, and he just added a benefit concert to the calendar.

Tickets ($50) go sale today at noon for Ben Gibbard's solo show, November 17 at Washington Hall, with proceeds supporting nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle.

Also on sale today at noon

Green Day at the Paramount, Nov 26, $48

Blue Scholars at Showbox at the Market, Nov 30, $18–$20