One Minute With: The House Jacks (Part 1)

The pioneers of the rock band without instruments are still paving the way. We caught up with them in Los Angeles where they returned to headline the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival – a festival they helped bring to life when they headlined the very first one in 2009.

Here’s one minute with The House Jacks:

New Tunesday – March 19, 2019

Lots of gut-punching power in this week’s #NewTunesday….

Peter Hollens

Enlisting the talents of 200 young voices, Hollens’ latest YouTube is a stunning cover of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”

Peter Hollens, a cappella, singing, Josh Groban, kids singing, young voices, a capella, YouTuber

Fundamentally Sound

There might be nothing better than joyfully poking fun at ourselves and A Cappella 101 does just that.

a cappella, singing, original music, parody, Deke Sharon, Fundamentally Sound

Fermata Town

This Boston-based CAL powerhouse took a Kelly Clarkson tune and turned it to 11.

a cappella, Boston, CAL, League, Fermata Town, Kelly Clarkson, cover music, live music, singing, a capella

Upper Structure

The relatively new but already award-winning Berklee group hits this powerful Todrick Hall cover out of the park with their first ever music video.

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קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Who doesn’t need a little classic Bee Gees with their Tu(n)esday?

Israel, a cappella, singing, Bee Gees, a cappella, Quinta

Kessay Chan

Even though you might not understand the lyrics depicting a deep but tumultuous love, you’ll still appreciate this music.

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The Techtonics

One more #SmashHitSunday from the gentlemen of The Techtonics – this time with a little Jonas Brothers cover.

Jonas Brothers, a cappella, cover song, Techtonics, UK, singing, live music

And finally – ARORA – whose performances together are now rare, surprised us with three new songs that sound like a perfect extension to their album, Bioluminescence. Run, don’t walk. Enjoy this gift.

 

New Tunesday – March 12, 2019

This week’s #NewTunesday brings some heavy-hitters this week. From world class, to world champions, to worldwide, we’ve got your need for new a cappella amply covered this week:

The Swingles

Now with two new ladies, The Swingles quietly dropped this Spanish lullaby and it wows. Did you expect anything less?

Swingles, singing, harmony, a cappella, lullaby, folk music

Naturally 7

Somewhat under the radar, top US vocal group N7 has been competing on The World’s Best Championship. Their most recent performance was a tribute of “Fix You”, but you can also see their cover of the iconic “In The Air Tonight” or their audition using “Wall of Sound.”

N7, a cappella, vocal play, singing, World's Best, TV, harmony, a capella

Women of the World

Two new videos in two weeks from this amazing group? We feel spoiled.

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Cadence

Losing power might be your worst nightmare, but what if it meant an impromptu unplugged set from one of the best jazz quartets in the business? Here they are entertaining in the dark at Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House.

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VoicePlay

In their first PartWorks installment of Season 2, the fellas of VoicePlay bring us a cover of “Mr. Blue Sky” that is sure to brighten your day.

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Scott & Ryceejo

This dynamic duo caught the attention of the composer with their medley of songs from Mary Poppins Returns – the latest in their long series of Disney covers.

Disney, a cappella, Mary Poppins, medley, singing, vocals, cover song, Utah, Scott, Ryceejo

BisCaydence

The recently crowned South Regional Finalists for this year’s ICCA just released a live video of their performance of “No Air” from the Betsy A Cappella Festival in the fall.

BisCaydence, ICCA, South Beach, Betsy, A Cappella , singing, live music

MVP | After5 | The Macabellas | Centenary Vocal Ensemble

The ladies of Aussie a cappella came together for a cover of “Independent Women” in honor of International Women’s Day.

a cappella, MVP, Maccabellas, Centenery Vocal Group, After 5, Aussie, Australia, women, International Women's Day

The Eight Tracks

This Boston-based CAL group just snagged 2nd place at the Boston Harmony Sweepstakes – here’s footage of their whole set!

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The Techtonics

Have you been following the #SmashHitSunday series? Here’s the latest out of the UK’s top collegiate group:

UK, a cappella, Techtonics, live music, SmashHitSunday, singing, Mabel

And this one was a little late to come to our attention, but here’s a new-ish Geico ad featuring a “barbershop quartet”:

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New Tunesday – March 5, 2019

It was another busy week in the aca-verse. Lucky for us – we all reap the benefits. Here are this week’s top new releases:

Home Free

Their Patreon supporters got a head start on this new release, but now it’s available for everyone. Enjoy “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).”

Home Free, country, a cappella, singing, The Sing-Off

ONAIR

What a cappella group doesn’t love a Linkin Park cover? Here’s a fresh take on “Numb” out of Germany, mixed and mastered by Bill Hare.

ONAIR, Germany, Linkin Park, YouTube, Numb, singing, a cappella, vocal

From the Roots

We loved watching this new group at LAAF, so please excuse while we don’t hide our excitement about their latest live video release. Here’s “Fly” from their headlining performance at SING! Texas last fall, featuring Hannah Lewis on lead.

a cappella, Fly, singing, harmony, vocals, From the Roots

The Sons of Pitches

Why sing one Imagine Dragons song when you can do a whole medley? The UK stars and winners of The Naked Choir 2015 bring all your favorites together.

UK, a cappella, singing, Imagine Dragons, harmonies, vocals, a capella

The Rivers

Singing a tune in a live music room at Oxford, The Rivers did a great take on this song by Morten Kjær and Gabby Gordon.

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Towson Trills

One of the smallest collegiate groups in the circuit is working towards one more trip to ICCA Finals and gave us all a little taste of their talent.

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Penn Masala

The world’s first South Asian a cappella group faces the challenges of mental health for college students with this cover and mashup of Everglow and Kaise Mujhe.

Penn Masala, a cappella, mental health, awareness, South Asian, Philadelphia, UPenn

SesVerSus

With 10 people, this Turkish group is a little big for a couch video, but they pull off the same charm.

Turkey, a cappella, singing, harmony, vocal, live music