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POSTED: Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:54 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Bob Dylan and His Band perform at the Academy of Music Friday night. HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan performs onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Imagine being Fredrik Wikingsson.

Unless you’re familiar with the Stockholm-based television personality, the name Fredrik Wikingsson probably doesn’t ring any bells. However, yesterday the Bob Dylan superfan was the only audience member to a special concert at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music — so imagining yourself in his shoes might be an easier task.

As a part of the Swedish film series Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone), in which large crowd experiences are downsized for individual participants, Wikingsson was filmed as being the sole audience member for a Dylan performance while the musician was in town.

POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:10 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Wild Cub open for Bleachers on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the TLA. (Photo by Alysse Gafkjen)

Keegan DeWitt, frontman and songwriter of Nashville-based Wild Cub never saw himself as a solo artist, though upon first moving to the city from Brooklyn, that’s where he found himself musically.

“So much of that world requires a record to have your name in big bold letters on the top and your face on the front,” said DeWitt. “I felt like that deprived the listeners of a big part of the magic of encountering music.”

Apparently, the magic is in ambiguity and strength in numbers, which brought the respective members of Wild Cub — also including Jeremy Bullock, Dabney Morris, Harry West and Eric Wilson — away from prior engagements or solo work and into the intrigue of band life. “It gave people the opportunity to instantly involve their imagination, their past relationships — all of that interesting stuff — to the table,” he said of the mystery that comes with being one among many.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:27 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Nashville's Natural Child play Underground Arts on Saturday, Nov. 22. (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media and Promotion)

Natural Child are fond of taking the road less traveled — at least when it comes to driving to the movies in Michigan.

“We’re in the middle of a cornfield right now,” said bassist Wes Traylor. “We‘re not farmers you know — we’re on our way to Grand Rapids.”

“Yeah, we try to mix it up a little bit by going off-road,” echoed guitarist Seth Murray.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:00 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Actor Al Pacino wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch attends the 'The Humbling' the premiere during the 71st Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino on August 30, 2014 in Venice, Italy.

The Academy of Music 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball, being held on Saturday, Jan. 24 will reportedly include an appearance by Al Pacino.

According to a source close to the organization, the actor will be featured at this year’s affair.

The Academy of Music Restoration Fund were unable to confirm Pacino’s attendance or his role in the festivities when we reached out. We were told an announcement maybe will come at the end of the week.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3:35 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin died in Las Vegas at age 78. (Photo via YouTube)

Soul singer and Motown recording artist Jimmy Ruffin died Monday in Las Vegas at the age of 78.

The singer’s children confirmed the news, adding no further details.

Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936 and reached mainstream success with his 1966 ballad “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and maintained pop triumph with 1980’s “Hold On To My Love,” both top 10 hits.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:34 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artists Dave Grohl (R) of Foo Fighters and Shane Fogerty perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

After the release of their eighth studio album, “Sonic Highways” (recorded in a number of cities nationwide), the HBO debut of the respective making-of documentary, and a European tour announcement, it was only a matter of time before North American fans got a batch of live dates of their own.

The band delivered in a big way, unveiling their first stadium tour dates, including Camden, N.J.’s Susquehanna Bank Center on Monday, July 6.

Just a little different than the promise Dave Grohl made to play the Electric Factory during their sold-out Wells Fargo Center show over three years ago.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:50 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: 'Tyler, the Creator' performs at VGX 2013 on December 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Spike)

The always-eloquent-on-Twitter Tyler, the Creator announced additional tour dates, including a show at the TLA on Monday, Dec. 22. Tickets are on sale now for $30.

In a barrage of all-caps tweets, the rapper released a new song, “Diaper,” denied claims that he had a Soundcloud page and told followers he’d “SEE YOU SOON.”

Of the short, but raucous track, he also tweeted, “RANDOM SONG LAYING AROUND THOUGHT WHY NOT PUT IT SOMEWHERE.”

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:19 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Billy Joel sits at the piano for the 2nd song "Pressure"" which he sang to a sold out crowd at Citizens Bank Park in Phila. on Aug. 2, 2014. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)

He’s got a New York state of mind, however, Billy Joel seems to be a popular music choice for Eagles fans.

According to data compiled by StubHub, an online ticket buying and selling service, and reported by the Wall Street Journal, there is a direct correlation between Billy Joel concert ticket and Eagles ticket sales from 2012 until now.

Basically, the more likely you are to buy Eagles tickets from StubHub, there’s also a good possibility you’ve also purchased Billy Joel tickets, too according to this research. However, the large venues Joel’s played in Philly — Citizens Bank Park, most recently — and thus, the large amount of tickets available and sold is likely a factor in the result.

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