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Band on the Run: Connecting neighborhoods through live music

In this article we use machine learning to explore the ways that neighborhoods are connected by live music.

From Right Here to Everywhere

Left: The Grateful Dead at the corner of Haight and Ashbury (credit: Herbie Greene) — Right: Medieval troubadours painted by Simone Martini c. 1315 A.D.
Left: Chicago Footwork in Japan (credit: John Calvert), Right: Vaporwave-A genre born on the internet (credit: Reddit)
The jet set: Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry
Home/away or on the tour bus: The Radioactive Chicken Head, Bob Schneider, Sam Evian
Hyper local: Andy Coe Band, Surprise Party, Just Another Folk Singer

A Model Built on Co-occurrence

Neighborhoods that co-occur frequently on tour schedules become closely connected

Exploration: Neighborhood Similarity

Neighborhood similarities visualized in three dimensional space
Acid Mothers Temple <<<->>> Acid Baby Jesus
Popular Musical Acts: Acid Mothers Temple, John Maus, Ty Segall, Widowspeak, Acid Baby Jesus
The Trans Siberian Orchestra — a band that has only ever played arenas
Popular Musical Acts: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry,Justin Bieber, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Mötley Crüe
Popular Musical Acts: Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Journey

The Closest Connections

Network diagram of neighborhood clusters

Group 1: Pacific Northwest

Group 2: Insider NYC

Group 3: Almost Country

Group 4: Central Downtown Areas

Group 5: Arena Haloes


From Nodes to Edges

Tour Based Similarity vs the Topos Similarity Index for Boston <> US. Pearson Correlation of .249, p <<.05



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