I told you, this year I'm being aggressive. There's no real reason for it. Music just makes me happy, and so why wouldn't I bring a little more happy into my life. (Note the lack of question mark, because obvsl.)
I recently discovered a new outlet for hearing some of my favorite music. Stageit.com. It's a website where musicians can perform online and set their own price. They can choose a specific amount, or just request that you pay what you can and set the bar at the lowest ($5). Then you get to watch online at the set performance time to see your favorites play acoustic sets, from the tour bus, from their couch, from backstage, from wherever. The musician sets up the date and time.
I've been a little nostalgic lately about local artists, and it got me thinking about William Beckett from The Academy Is. They broke up in 2011, which made me all sad in the heart because I liked their sound, and also because William Beckett's voice is that of an angel with the lungs of an angry newborn. Don't know what I mean? Take a listen for yourself:
Or here: (He sings the chorus)
William Beckett clued me in to Stageit via twitter. (Oh twitter, you have taught me so much in the last year.) So I checked out one of his shows this weekend, and it was great. He played a set of his favorite cover songs. I think it's safe to say I'll be watching more Stageit shows, including more of Beckett's. Not only did he sing my favorite Cure song (Just Like Heaven) but one of my favorite Smiths songs (Ask), as well as some Death Cab and Ryan Adams. He played three of his originals, and Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer will probably be my favorite. Probably. The EP drops soon.
Here are some fun screen shots from his Stageit show.
PS. According to Alt Press his first solo tour will end in Chicago on May 29th, right before my birthday. So all I want for my birthday this year is for someone to take me to that show.