200 Reasons To Love A Cappella: Body Percussion

For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to understand why people love a cappella. Heck, even for those of us who do actively enjoy it, it can be difficult to put into words why we enjoy this art form so. While we’ll never have a truly comprehensive list of everything cool about a cappella, 200 Reasons to Love A Cappella is our best attempt at assembling a list of what makes it great.

Reason #78: Body Percussion

CD Review: Proof of Purchase Quintessential

Proof of Purchase is a co-ed group out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and they recently released their latest EP, titled Quintessential. I suspect the album title pulled double duty for both naming an album that boils down the group’s identity and, as the quint-prefix suggests, features five tracks. The album was produced by the good folks at A Cappella Productions who did an excellent job of assembling a CD that sounds clean and lets the vocals shine on their own merits.

Tuesday Tubin': Pretty Hurts

Each Tuesday, The A Cappella Blog presents a link to a scholastic a cappella performance, or related material, that we recommend to you.

We welcome clip suggestions from anyone who would like to submit them.

This week, we present Northwestern University Purple Haze performing Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts.”

Event Review: ICCA Northeast Semifinal at Symphony Hall

On Sunday March 23rd, the Northeast Semifinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella was held at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Ten groups, the top two from each Northeast Quarterfinal, competed for the title of Northeast Semifinal Champion and a chance to compete at the International Finals in New York City. Before the review, let’s begin with a summary of the event.

Competitors:
The Berklee College of Music CharlieChords
The Harvard Opportunes
Hofstra University Sigma'cappella
The New York University Mixtapes
Northeastern University Distilled Harmony
Emerson College Acappellics Anonymous
The SUNY Potsdam Pointercounts
SUNY Purchase Choral Pleasure
The Northeastern University Nor'easters
The Vassar Devils

Guest Performer:
2014 ICCA Champions, Berklee College of Music Pitch Slapped