William Beckett, formerly the frontman of alt rock band The Academy Is…, has released his first solo album, Genuine And Counterfeit, which is a lot lighter and more poppy than the music of his previous group. However, there is still a rock feel to his solo music, especially on songs such as “One In The Same,” with an opening riff similar to that of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” and “Time For A Sign,” which features Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders. After wrapping up the 2013 Vans Warped Tour and traveling with Anberlin and The Maine, William Beckett will play at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on Oct. 6.

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