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The Academy Is… Announce ‘Almost Here’ 10-Year Tour

Break out the skinny jeans and slip into your best mid-2000s band tee because The Academy Is… have outlined plans to celebrate their debut album with a nationwide tour that will launch later this year. Beginning on Friday, December 4 at the House of Blues Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the 10-year celebration of […]

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Lineup Revealed

Christmas has moved from December to May this year, and tonight is the night Santa gives us all the one thing we have been demanding: The lineups for Riot Fest 2015. The final lineup to be revealed tonight, May 27, was for the Chicago event, which takes place Sept. 11-13. Additional bands and details will be revealed […]

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William Beckett Announces Debut LP, Signs To Equal Vision Records

Today is a big day in William Beckett news. The front man for the now defunct punk-pop outfit The Academy Is… has been teasing a big announcement for the better part of the week… and here it is. Well, it’s less of an announcement and more of a collection of things. First and most importantly, […]

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WATCH: William Beckett – “Dear Life”

William Beckett recently performed “Dear Life” off of his latest EP, What Will Be, on Altar TV‘s Unplugged and Unrehearsed web series. “I actually wrote this song in L.A. and, um, I was severely hung over when I wrote this song,” the ex-Academy Is… vocalist explained before playing the song. “The song is essentially sort […]

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The Academy Is… Drummer Assaulted With Flower Pot, Plastic Surgery Needed

UTG has learned from ATP! that The Academy Is… drummer Andy Mrotek was assaulted around the Humbolt Park area in Milwaukee not that long ago. He was attacked with a flower pot, which resulted in a broken jaw, fractured orbital bones, and an additional 25 stitches as well. A picture of him can be viewed […]

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EP STREAM: William Beckett – Winds Will Change

William Beckett (ex-The Academy Is…) is currently streaming the entirety of his Winds Will Change EP from his solo endeavor. The EP features four tracks that span 14 minutes collectively and you can stream the whole thing immediately after the break. Are you enjoying William Beckett’s new material?

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William Beckett’s Daytrotter Session

William Beckett (ex-The Academy Is…) recently did a session with Daytrotter and it is now live on their website. Three of the four songs come off his Walk The Talk EP. William has been on the road for the past month touring in the US on his Walk The Talk tour, Japan with Mayday Parade […]

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MUSIC VIDEO: William Beckett – Compromising Me

Former The Academy Is… singer William Beckett is on a solo mission and has released his new music video for the single “Compromising Me.” This pop rock anthem has a unique feel of Weezer and Beck intertwined and proves to brighten up our morning. Act now and pick up his debut solo EP, entitled Walk […]

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UTG PHOTOS: Walk The Talk Tour (5/10/12)

Under The Gun sent photographer Tori Thomas to the Walk The Talk Tour featuring William Beckett (formally frontman of The Academy Is…) and Cara Salimando. The show took place at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH on May 10th. I arrived to this early show not knowing what the night would have in store […]

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William Beckett Performs The Academy Is… Songs

At the latest stop of the Walk The Talk Tour William Beckett was filmed performing three songs from The Academy Is…, that can be seen right here. Beckett was shot at The Pike Room in Pontiac, Michigan performing “Down And Out,” “Classifieds,” and “The Fever.” Please check out all of the acoustic songs by clicking […]

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William Beckett Performs “We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands” Acoustic

William Beckett (formally The Academy Is…) is currently on tour around the east coast. He is playing a number of his solo songs and some Academy Is songs. A fan captured a video of William performing The Academy Is…’s hit “We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands” acoustically in Madison, WI. You can check […]

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William Beckett Performs “Oh, Love!” Acoustic

William Beckett (ex-frontman of The Academy Is…) released his solo EP, entitled Walk The Talk, yesterday and MTV is celebrating by releasing a special acoustic performance of “Oh, Love!” This material still holds true to The Academy Is… style and brings in some newer influences on top of it. Truly a special performance for all […]