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Pop and rock music covers a wide variety of genres, styles, and influences. From Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to Aerosmith and the Dave Matthews Band, pop and rock music are collectively the most successful types of music out there today. See just one entry in the pop and rock lineup by getting The Academy Is... tickets.
William Beckett and Michael Camden started out as members of rival bands in Chicago, Illinois. As their bands came and went, the two musicians slowly began talking about working together; in 2002 they formed "The Academy" (the Is was added in 2004 to avoid legal issues). By 2003, the band added bassist Adam Siska, guitarist Adrian LaTrace, Jr., and drummer Mike DelPrincipe and The Academy Is went to work on an album, which was eventually released in 2004 as The Academy EP. After hearing the album, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy had his label, "Fueled by Ramen," listen to the band. Fueled by Ramen quickly signed the up-and-coming artists to a contract.
After being signed, The Academy Is headed back to the studio to record their debut album. Almost Here was released in February 2005 to positive reviews and debuted at #20 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #24 on the Independent Albums chart. The album spawned three singles, "Checkmarks," "Slow Down," and "The Phrase that Pays." After recording the album, LaTrace and DelPrincipe left the band and were replaced with Tom Conrad and Andy Mrotek, respectively. Once the album was released, The Academy Is went on tour with bands such as Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Midtown, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack and Armor for Sleep.
After the tour, The Academy Is started writing and recording their sophomore album. In the meantime, the group released a second EP, From the Carpet, in February 2006. In October 2006, Conrad left the band and was replaced with Michael Guy Chislett. The second studio album, Santi, was released in April 2007. Although the album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and spawned five singles, it did not find as much success as Almost Here. Therefore, after touring in support of the album, the band got right back to work on their third album. In August 2008, Fast Times at Barrington High was released, with "About a Girl" as its first single. The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200.