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A cappella group Pentatonix offers powerful vocals in their takes on top 40 hits

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(Read caption) Pentatonix released their first EP this past June.

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From “cello beat-boxing” to an interactive audience sing-along, vocal group Pentatonix had no problem amping up the crowd at their recent sold-out concert at the House of Blues in Boston.

The five-person a cappella group, which was the winner of the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” are not your average YouTube sensation – they’re better.   

With Scott Hoying’s spot-on solos, Mitch Grassi’s unreal high notes, Avi Kaplan’s sultry bass, Kirstie Maldonado’s pitch-perfect diva vocals and Kevin Olusola’s beat-boxing/percussion perfection, the group is a unique mix of individual voices that beautifully blend into one.

It’s so perfect that it’s almost robotic, too good to be real – but it is.

What was once just popular among “choir nerd extraordinaires” (as Hoying called himself and some of his fellow group members during the concert), a capella music has transformed into a pop culture phenomenon, partially due to shows such as "The Sing Off" and "Glee" and even more recently with films such as "Pitch Perfect" (which made over $100 million in the box office) and ABC Family's "The Mistle-Tones." Pentatonix has scored YouTube hits in the millions and currently boasts about 230,000 Facebook fans and more than 71,000 Twitter followers. 


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