New Tunesday – May 7, 2019

Nothing proves that music is a great communication tool like this week’s new releases:

The Swingles

Only The Swingles could release a soundcheck video as beautiful as this.

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The G-Men

Fresh off their excellent performance at the Playstation Theater for ICCA Finals, this University of Michigan standout released their semi-final performance of their winning set.

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Six13

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Six13 shared this.

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VoicePlay

There may never be another Prince, but at least we can still enjoy great covers like this one.

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From the Roots

Captured during their performance at SING! Texas, From the Roots shares a Sylvan Esso cover.

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Triforce Films

Take a break from the Starbucks cup dilemma to enjoy the GoT theme song done right, er, a cappella.

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UNC Clef Hangers

When you’ve got a whole a cappella group at your disposal, why wouldn’t you include them in your proposal?

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MICappella

Speaking of using a cappella to make a big announcement, this Singapore group used their music to make one of theirs.

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FORK

Sometimes the news is less than great, but a music video is still the way to say it.

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The Lost Keys

This NYC-based groups brought a little Pomplamoose influence to this Hall & Oates classic.

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Flight Scene

You can never go wrong with an Amy Winehouse cover.

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Natural State of Mind

This high school group out of Arkansas certainly has made the rounds this spring. This song is one of the most powerful from their competition set.

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Arvada West Vocal Chords

Bringing things back to the chapel, this high school choir gives a modern take on the origins of a cappella with this Bon Iver cover.

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New Tunesday – April 16, 2019

We’re pretty close to the end of the school year, so we’re waiting with unbridled anticipation of all the aca-goodness to come! And lucky for all of us, the end of year release extravaganza has begun.

But first – reigning Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, After Hours, performed LIVE on the Today Show in honor of Barbershop Quartet Day! Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11) honors the official beginning of organized barbershop with the founding of BHS, now 81 years strong. Watch it HERE.

And there aren’t any videos (yet), but 2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, 2018 AcaOpen Finalists, and now 2019 VoiceJam Champions, Business Casual, just dropped a new album. Check it out now on Spotify and then get your own copy on iTunes or Amazon!

PFC

This outstanding high school group out of San Antonio is on their way to NYC to compete in ICHSA next week, but they gave us THIS goodness before they go. And within just days of release, it has nearly 65,000 views!

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Committed

The Sing-Off Season 2 Champions prove they still have the magic that won them the top prize.

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Six13

These recent CARA winners just keep putting out the hits. Chag Kasher v’Sameach!

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Citizen Queen

The fire is still burning hot for Citizen Queen who surprised fans with a live take of “Too Little, Too Late” over the weekend.

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North Cape

Alright, we know at least some of you are back in Game of Thrones heaven. Here’s a treat for you out of Poland. And it’s cool to listen to even if you aren’t a fan of the show.

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Duke Pitchforks

This Shawn Mendes song has made quite the rounds in a cappella circles this year. Pair it with a great video and some nice dance moves and we’re sold.

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5280 A Cappella

A Jonas/Zedd mashup done a cappella? Yes.

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Flight Scene

Who knew there were more country a cappella groups out there? It was good news to us, so we wanted to share this awesome Kelsea Ballerini cover.

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The Chromatix

I’m ready for a new cover of Royals. Enjoy this live take from Wisconsin.

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The Eight Tracks

So, this Jonas Brothers tune is just *so* catchy, we have another version for you.

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Colour of Voices

This Malaysian group is so excited for Ed Sheeran to make a tour stop, they used this music video as a lover letter.

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Pitches Be Trippin’

If Ariana Grande is going to own the charts, it only makes sense to put out a mashup.

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Elementary Mix

I can never resist talented elementary school kids singing great music. Hear the latest from this super talented group of barbershop’s future.

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And while this isn’t new, Ringmasters‘ stellar version of “Notre Dame Medley” made the rounds this week as the world watched fire engulf the treasured and storied cathedral in the heart of Paris. As we saw in so many news clips, music is already bringing peace to those feeling the impact of the loss.

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New Tunesday – December 4, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week- and yes, there are a lot of holiday tunes – a trend we expect to continue over the next few weeks:

The Swingles

The first video featuring the group’s newest soprano, Federica Basile, is a smash hit. You were expecting anything less?

Swingles, UK, a cappella, singing, Tokyo, London

Voctave

There may be nothing more beautiful than Voctave singing holiday songs. It’s certainly something to look forward to each year, and their latest release “O Come, O Come Emmanuel/The First Noel/I Wonder As I Wander” is as good as it gets.

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Y-Studs

Combining the magic of Queen with Hanukkah? We’re here for it.

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Six13

More Queen. More Hanukkah. More awesome.

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The Turkish a cappella group teamed up with Finnish beatboxer Tuukka Haapaniemi for this performance of  Kerimoğlu Zeybeği, mixed by Bill Hare.
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Face

Leave it to the all rock band in Colorado to reimagine O Little Town of Bethlehem to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.

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Upper Structure

Treat yourself to the talent that just oozes out of these Berklee College of Music students with their lead track from their 2018 ICCA Competition Set, “Freedom.”

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Highline Vocal Jazz

In celebration of nearly one year as a group, Highline treated us to an inspired arrangement of O Holy Night.

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Venice Vocal Jam

Singing an arrangement by Homestay Music (you know them – it’s Erik Bosio, Vinther Sørensen, and Jussi Chydeniuss) we get some Beatles love out of Italy.

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Beatsync

This Toronto group typically performs with a great deal of tech, but for their DCappella Tour submission, they stripped it all down to just acoustic voices.

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Scott & Ryceejo

Enjoy this new take on a classic carol from the husband and wife duo out of Utah, singing Silent Night with support from Spark Singers.

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AcoUstiKats

You may have become acquainted with this group through The Sing-Off, but the tradition lives on years after the show was retired. Here are the current ‘Kats singing a Nick Johnson arrangement of Deck the Halls:

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Association of International Champions

Another gem from the 2018 AIC show, this week we get to relive and enjoy “It’s a Small World” by the full AIC Chorus.

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Some A Cappella Favorites For Your Hanukkah Celebrations

If there is something that we can rely on, it is excellent Jewish a cappella, and with the Hanukkah holiday upon us, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite a cappella songs that celebrate, parody, and bring joy to the Festival of Lights!

New from Six13 this season, a take on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, with a classic Six13 twist.

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The Y-Studs will make a trip to DC for the Hanukkah Celebration at the White House this Thursday. Here is their Hanukkah version of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”:

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The Maccabeats have toured the world to share their music. Candlelight is one of their most popular Hanukkah tunes:

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And lucky for you, they released a new video for this holiday:

Maccabeats, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

Shir Soul gave us a great rendition of Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah while paying homage to the reigning kings and queen of a cappella, Pentatonix:

Shir Soul, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Chanukah

And don’t forget their latest release that was featured in last week’s New Tunesday:

Shir Soul, Jewish, a cappella, Hanukkah, Africa

And the kings of Jewish a cappella improv, Pella Productions give us an 8 Nights of Hanukkah Mashup:

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Chag Sameach!