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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ICCA 2019 Finals Preview

On April 27, a brand new ICCA Champion will be named at the Playstation Theatre in New York City.

Each of this year’s groups brings a different set of talents and strengths – which group will rise to the top? Will the ScatterTones or The Originals finally outdo their previous 2nd place finishes? Will longtime strong competitors like The Trills, the N’Harmonics, and The G-Men learn from their past attempts? Or will a newcomer surpass them all?

Seats in the theater are sold out, but there is a livestream and we’ll be sure to bring you a full recap!

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s finalists:

Aquapella – UK Champion
University of Bath, Bath, UK

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BisCaydence – South Champion
University of Miami, Miami, FL

The G-Men – Great Lakes Champion
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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HardChord DynaMix – Southwest Champion
Texas A&M, College Station, TX

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N’Harmonics – Northeast Champions
New York University, New York City, NY

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The Originals – Central Champions
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

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Pitch, Please – Wildcard
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

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ScatterTones – West Champions
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Sedoctave – Midwest Champion
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

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The Trills – Mid-Atlantic Champions
Towson University, Towson, MD

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2019 CARA Nominations Announced

The much anticipated annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations were announced today and both long-standing favorites and new stars are among the talents honored.

Standouts include Boston-based experimental group Birdland Avenue who landed five nominations for Come Around including Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Album, Best Pop Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Song (“Rabbit Hole”), Best Original Song by a Professional Group (“Breeze Baby”) and DCappella who earned four nominations for Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Rock Song (“Immortals”), Best Showtunes/Soundtrack/Theme Song (“The Glory Days”), and Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group (“Immortals”).

We also saw multiple nominations for The Swingles, Pentatonix多么幸福 East West Collective, and Rebel Bit.

On the Scholastic side A Cappella Academy, The G-Men, The A Cappella Group, VoiceBox, The Coda Conduct, The Sons of Pitches, and Dragon Scales were among some of the groups heavily recognized for their work this year.

2009 International Quartet Champions Crossroads led in barbershop music with four nominations in barbershop and arrangements.

See the full list of nominations and then follow along as we catch up with nominees and broadcast live from BOSS and the CARA Ceremony in April.