Blood Bank/The Wolves

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present The University of Southern California SoCal VoCals performing Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank”/“The Wolves.”

When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #132: When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set

Conventional wisdom dictates that a ten-to-twelve-minute competition set will consist of three songs (and, further, that that set will consist of two up-tempo songs to bookend a ballad). The format has certainly garnered its share of success, tailored to fit three-to-four minute long songs, and organized to capture the audience’s attention, show emotional depth, and explode into an epic finish.

While format works for many groups, others have found the greatest success by bucking tradition in favor mixing up the order of songs or defying the three-song model altogether, instead squeezing in a fourth number that has all the potential in the world to add depth and diversity to a set and to win audiences over for the sheer surprise that they thought the performance was over after the third number.

I love it!

You Know You Like It

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present Berklee College of Music Pitch Slapped performing AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It.”

The First Time You Hear a Song After You’ve Heard It A Cappella

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #131: The First Time You Hear a Song After You’ve Heard It A Cappella

It’s no secret that one of the coolest parts of attending an a cappella show—particularly at the collegiate level, is walking away having been exposed to new music you may not have come across in your everyday life. The intersection of college students and people who love music is prime territory to be exposed to something off beat, on the cusp of becoming cool, or otherwise off the mainstream radar, but nonetheless awesome.

We’ve all heard songs translated from conventional instrumentation into a cappella—sometimes it’s great, sometimes it doesn’t work out so well. It’s pretty fantastic to hear a song performed (artfully) a cappella first, though, and then go back to discover the source material, reverse-engineering the process of the arrangement and elements performance to see how they link back to the original song, not to mention walking away with a new artist or album to explore.

I love it!

EDM Mashup

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present Brigham Young University Vocal Point performing their EDM Mashup.

Watching the Crowd Grow at a Public Show

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #130: Watching the Crowd Grow at a Public Show

One of the a cappella’s most unique and most appealing qualities is how few requirements it has. A cappella groups need a place to exist—and, well, that’s about it. While not all venues are built equally in terms of aesthetic or acoustic quality, because a cappella is all about the music people make with their bodies, it allows for spontaneous performance, and performance in unlikely places ranging from a public park to a subway platform.

Better yet, once a group gets going, it can be pretty amazing to see a crowd take notice. Starting with a few friends of the group, soon, curious onlookers will wander over. Then more people who want to see what all of these other people are crowding around, and whom get sucked in by a captivating performance. In a matter of minutes, a cappella has the power to draw together a truly impressive audience.

I love it!

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Blood Bank/The Wolves
When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set
You Know You Like It
The First Time You Hear a Song After You’ve Heard It A Cappella
EDM Mashup
Watching the Crowd Grow at a Public Show
The Influence of A Cappella
Writing's on the Wall
Top 10 A Cappella Records From The 20th Century
Hearing a Song That Just Came Out on the Radio
People
A Sold-Out Crowd
River
The Campus Bookstore
The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones on "Gemini Feed"
Freedom
To Yearbook or Not To Yearbook
Simulating Sounds
Don't Wait
ICCA Finals 2017
ICHSA Finals 2017
Unsteady
Sahaana Sridhar, representing All-American Awaaz
RANGE Volume 1
The Towson Trills
Mad Hatter
A Cappella Only Festival
Let’s Bring Back The Sing-Off
Seanote Transitions
Deke Sharon on Total Vocal