2014- Get Excited!

A few weeks ago, we talked about some of the biggest news stories from the world of a cappella in 2013 (here).  Well, now we’d like to tell you about some things to look forward to in 2014. Sit back, relax, and get excited.

Group Plans

Postyr Project has already gotten off to a busy start in 2014 with more than 20 performances in Denmark and they will be headlining the Berlin A-CA festival with Fork, Rock4, and MuSix. Postyr Project also launched a collaboration this January with the international fashion brand Vero Moda, who selected the band’s song “Run Run Run” for their spring campaign video. Later in the year, the group will be touring Germany, Sweden, the Baltics, and Denmark and they hope to release a new album with original songs for voice and computer and possibly a book about group dynamics and icebreakers. Also, they are planning a Postyr Summer Camp. They are also looking into possible trips back to the U.S. and to Asia for 2015!

The Swingle Singers will continue their Swingle50 project as they work toward a new album. Donors on PledgeMusic have already received early versions of”Piper” and “After the Storm,” which sound terrific. The new album will hopefully be released in late spring early summer.  The group is also working on some exciting collaborations for another album, and they hope to produce some new videos as well. They will also be launching a Summer School in London, with details still to be determined.

The Exchange will be releasing their second album, with all originals and featuring a hybrid vocal/instrumental approach, in early 2014! They will also be headlining the Festival of Voices in Australia.

Honey Whiskey Trio, 2013 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions will perform at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival alongside The Sing-Off Season 4 winners, Home Free on Saturday, February 1st. In addition, these fabulous ladies are excited to announce the release of their self-titled EP (available for download via cdbaby.com on 1/25!), featuring ‘Freight Train Blues’.  This track was added to their Harmony Sweeps set just a week before the competition and recorded in just one take! Also included is ‘Nothing But The Water’ by Grace Potter. Their performance of this song at SheSings can be seen here.

The Real Group will be coming to the U.S., with appearances in California in February. Learn more here.

The House Jacks plan to release an album of original music this fall, and get this- each track is/will be recorded alongside a different a cappella group from countries around the world (China, Brazil, etc.).

The King’s Singers will be touring the U.S. and Canada in support of their new album, Great American Songbook, starting in New York this week. Check out the tour schedule here.

Overboard will be returning to the Berklee Vocal Summit, where they work with students to build a small a cappella ensemble that performs on the final day of the festival.

Eh440 is working on an album of mostly originals which they hope to release in May 2014. Rumor has it they’re using some new technology and techniques in the process, so look forward to that!

Fermata Town is working on a new album with Tim Bongiovanni which may include some of their recent singles and are hoping for a late summer album release date. They are aiming to do an east coast CAL tour sometime this year, and also to possibly shoot a video for one of the new songs.

Blue Jupiter has hinted that they may release one or even two albums in 2014. Follow them on Twitter to catch more news.

Arora is working on at least one, and possibly as many as three videos for 2014. They may be appearing at several aca-festivals in 2014 as well.

The Boxettes are in the early stages of exploring sounds for their debut full-length album, which should feature mostly originals and be “a lot more alternative- think James Blake, Little Dragon, Camille…”.  :-)

Ball in the House plan to release a new album sometime in March. Keep an eye out for their Kickstarter campaign set to launch in a week or so to help fund this project.

re:Voiced just announced a list of upcoming February/March tour dates in Arizona and Wisconsin. If you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss them!

Five O’Clock Shadow is writing new music for an all-originals album with a to-be-determined release.

Denver group, Motive (produced by Tony Huerta/Sonic Audio Productions) will be releasing an EP. Members of this group include Zakk Wooten of re:Voiced and Daniel Bailey of UCD Mix.

Duwende and m-pact have joined forces to present “I Wish-For All Time”, a show dedicated to celebrating the work of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Click the links for locations and ticket information.

Redline is working on the follow-up album to their CARA winning debut, “Inbound.” which they hope to release in 2014, and they will be headlining a winter festival in Cooperstown, New York, and performing at a fundraiser for Symphony NH with the Tufts Beelzebubs.

NYC based group, Blackout will release two songs in the next month or so. We also hear that there may be a VERY exciting announcement coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Funx plan to release a new video sometime in February. They are also one of several groups performing at SingStrong in DC. (See link below in TEN’s update for more info.)

Low Key, a male group in New York City, has developed a niche market, singing for proposals and weddings in the area. with a bunch already planned for 2014. The group also plans to compete once again in the Harmony Sweepstakes competition.

Sunday Afternoon is gearing up for a BIG year! Their recently released EP, ‘Turn Up’, is available for download on Loudr and iTunes. They will be releasing three new videos, one a month for the next three months starting in February, with more information forthcoming. Also, they are excited for their first ever summer tour! They kick things off in Cedar Rapids on May 10th and then hit the road. They hope to join up with other a cappella groups and put on joint concerts in various cities. Be sure to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter for further updates.

MICappella are in the planning stages for their second full-length album which they hope to feature even more originals and to release in late 2014. They also plan to release more videos in 2014, following up their recent video cover of Lorde’s “Royals.”

Traces have a few gigs coming up this spring and are working on a new single.

UPDATE: Street Corner Symphony will be joining The Sing Off Tour from March 11-14 in OH, TN, and IN. Rumor has it they may also be involved with another television reality show later this year.

The Sing Off Contestants

The Sing Off Tour will be hitting cities across the country throughout February and March, featuring Home Free, VoicePlay, and The Filharmonic, as well as occasional local guests. Find out more here.

Home Free,  TSO Season 4 winners, hit #1 on the iTunes country chart and #3 overall with their release of ‘Crazy Life’.  They will be the headlining performers at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival on 2/1/14 before kicking off The Sing-Off Tour in mid-February. Inside sources also reveal that they *may* be working on developing a southern tour of their own to complement TSO Tour later in the year. Southerners, keep your eyes peeled!

TEN is dropping a new single next month! We hear it promises to provide listeners with TEN in its ‘true form’, a bit different from TSO. Get ready to party and dance with this one! TEN will also perform at SingStrong in DC, the 3 day a cappella festival all for charity February 21-23. Check out the full schedule here!

Element  hit their indiegogo campaign and will be releasing their first album soon. They will be performing with The Sing-Off Tour on February 21st (Red Bank, NJ) and 23rd (Westbury, NY).  They are also working with the folks at Project Philly on March 1st. Stay tuned for more details about this event.

The Princeton Footnotes leave for a week-long tour of Israel on January 25th. They will be singing  at an army base in Tel Aviv, giving a concert in Karmiel, and performing with the Jerusalem Youth Choir at the International YMCA of Jerusalem. In February, they will be releasing “The Orange Album”, featuring their newest songs, hoping to wow fans with new techniques they employed. They, too, will be joining The Sing-Off Tour shows on February 21-23.

VoicePlay has released “Collide,” a collection of the 8 tracks on which the group collaborated with other contestants from The Sing Off Season 4. You can find it on their website here and it is also on Spotify.

General A Cappella News

Pitch Perfect 2 begins filming this spring for a 2015 release.

Camp A Cappella returns, and as I mentioned in the 2013 summary, there is a separate week for non-scholastic singers!

Mouth Off is going to be returning, this time it’s for sure, and it will involve a new(ish) format and rotating hosts.

Voices Only is celebrating its 10th anniversary and recently announced that the scholastic compilation has been expanded to include the best high school submissions. Check out more (including the February 15 submission deadline) here.

2013- The Year in A Cappella

2013. The first full year with a cappella submersed in the mainstream.

There were a lot of terrific stories about a cappella in 2013, but I suspect the two biggest have to be related to Pentatonix and Season 4 of The Sing Off.

Pentatonix continued their whirlwind rise through pop music with appearances on dozens of mainstream media outlets including The Tonight Show, ABC World News, Sesame Street, Ellen,  Conan O’Brien, and many other networks and programs.  More importantly, the group actually hit number 10 on the prestigious Billboard Top 200 album chart.  At various points, they were also on the top of Billboard’s Independent Artists chart, hit number 2 on Billboard’s Digital Albums chart, and appeared on Billboard’s Holiday 100 songs chart, the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Billboard Social 50 chart, the Adult Contemporary chart, and the top of the iTunes albums chart (with their deluxe holiday release PTXMAS). Oh, and their YouTube channel has more than 4 million subscribers and has racked up more than 300 million views. Also, they’re still good! PTX Vol 2 is a terrific step forward from their debut EP.

The Sing Off Season 4 debuted strong with 8.4 million viewers before slipping to 5.2 million for the finale. Though the season was strong substantively, with a lot of talented groups and a fun new battle elimination, I do think NBC did the show a disservice by cramming all 7 episodes into 14 days, inconsistently airing at 8, 9, and even 10 pm EST. Home Free were crowned the champions on December 23, and their new album (Crazy Life) was released on iTunes this week and will be in stores February 18.

The A Cappella Education Association was created by J.D. Frizzell, Brody McDonald, and Ben Spalding, who have successfully directed high school groups Briarcrest Christian High School’s OneVoice, Kettering Fairmont’s Eleventh Hour, and Centerville High School’s Forte, respectively.  The organization is devoted to supporting and developing high school a cappella programs, including curricula, resources, and networking opportunities for all members. Membership is free, so check it out!

RARB, the best resource for reviews of a cappella recordings, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a long-overdue (and particularly snazzy) overhaul. The organization also began new segments including DVD reviews, interviews, single reviews, and an ongoing fundraising campaign (please donate here).

Straight No Chaser released an album, Under the Influence, which featured collaborations with Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Seal, and more and which hit number 28 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, number 19 on the Digital Albums chart, and appeared on numerous other Billboard album and singles charts. They also appeared on The Today Show and many other national and local television programs.

Pitch Perfect 2 is confirmed for a 2015 release; also, Anna Kendrick’s Cups from the original Pitch Perfect hit 100 million views, blew up on Billboard, and there was talk of a Pitch Perfect holiday album. Also, the soundtrack from the movie won an American Music Award for Best Soundtrack.

Dreamworks has optioned a movie about Straight No Chaser, which you can learn more about here.

In early 2013, Sled Dog Studios joined forces with The Vocal Company, but that’s just the beginning of their prolific 2013. The new combined organization has become a repository for many of the best and brightest in a cappella music today. Better still, they are doing more for a cappella music than anyone since Deke Sharon in the early nineties with new projects such as acappellaEd, the a cappella survey, expansion of Next Level workshops to arranging, songwriting, and high school groups, and much more. Keep watching them- I suspect they’re going to lead us all into a new age for a cappella music.

CASA’s A Cappella Community Awards (ACAs) returned- and we were nominated!

Clear Harmonies Productions started a concert series which included U.S. booking for international acts such as Cluster and MICappella, and their own education program called The A Cappella School.

Pentatonix, Peter Hollens, and Sam Tsui recorded songs for the Disney Channel movie “Teen Beach Movie.”

Acappella Academy was formed by Ben Bram, Avi Kaplan, and Rob Deitz. Learn more here.

Noteworthy

Deke Sharon appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” which you can find here.

Deke was also involved with the formation of Camp A cappella, which premiered for teenagers in 2013 and will return in 2014 with sessions for teenagers and high school directors, and a separate session for pros/adults.

The Women’s A Cappella Association held its first “SheSings” festival in Eugene, Oregon, and accepted submissions for a future Best of Women’s A cappella compilation album.

Voices Only released its second Forte non-scholastic compilation and its ninth collegiate edition.

Caroline Shaw won a Pulitzer Prize for her a cappella composition Partita for 8 Voices, performed by Roomful of Teeth, about which she was interviewed here.

The FSU AcaBelles made a huge splash with their cover of Lorde’s Royals, which passed 7 million views in a few short months and featured on CNN, Huffington Post, Elle, local news affiliates, and many other media outlets. The Vocal Company was involved in the prep and publicity for the video.

SingStrong introduced a new, second annual festival in Chicago. This edition featured performances from Swingle Singers, Nota, Traces, Blue Jupiter, Ball in the House, and others.

Bobby McFerrin participated in a “Talks at Google” session in which he performed music from his new “SpiritYouAll” album and answered questions, made sounds, and generally entertained.  He also invited SLIXS, formerly known as the Stouxingers, to perform with him on tour.

CASA offered its first southwest festival with the Texas A Cappella Celebration, which will return in March, 2014.

The Festival of Voices in Australia received a lot of local press and included Americans Deke Sharon (workshops) and Take 6 (performing), among many other talented folks (like beatboxer Tom Thum).

Competitions

Here’s a quick list of competition winners from 2013-

LAAF– OSA Vocal Rush

BOSS– UCD Mix

Harmony Sweepstakes– Honey Whiskey Trio

Barbershop Harmony Society– Masterpiece Quartet

ICCAs– NU Nor’easters

ICHSA– OSA’s Vocal Rush

SoJam– UCD Mix

Groups

The Exchange spent a significant amount of time in Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Blue Jupiter showed up in Oreo’s Wonderfilled campaign and on College Humor.

Postyr toured Europe and Asia, including a performance in front of 20,000 at the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan.

Australian group The Idea of North won an ARIA (the Australian Grammy) for Best Jazz Album.

MICappella won the Best Local Artist at the Singapore Hit Awards.

Northeastern’s Nor’easters got a chance to perform at the White House for the President and Mrs. Obama, and even got to pet Bo the First Dog!

Take 6 celebrated its 25 anniversary with appearances on Good Day NY and numerous other local shows, as well as a weeklong stint at the famous Blue Note in New York City and a recording session with Stevie Wonder, and later livestreamed a concert from Japan.

The Tufts Beelzebubs and The Swingle Singers each celebrated their silver (50th!) anniversary.

MO5AIC began a 12-month residency at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) which involves a 70-minute show in the 350-seat Shimmer Auditorium.

Duwende appeared on NBC’s “The Winner Is…”, hosted by a cappella familiar face Nick Lachey.

Video

This year brought us the Inside A cappella weekly news(ish) program, produced by Deke Sharon and Dave Longo, and hosted by Rachel Chaloub. You can watch them all on the YouTube channel here.

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots got into the a cappella game right here.

Face made some national news when they decided to serenade their fellow stranded travelers at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport: http://youtu.be/7Nq-zoOIyfg

New to the Web

Acaville radio

The A Cappella Sound Tech Facebook page

The Acalist

Album Releases

This is a partial list, in no particular order, of noteworthy non-scholastic album releases in 2013- it’s the best I could pull together and I’m sure I left more than a few out- if you want to add a non-scholastic release, leave it in the comments or email me at dave@acatribe.com.

Pentatonix– PTX Vol. II

Arora– Bioluminescence

MICappella– Here We Go

Street Corner Symphony– Southern Autumn Nostalgia

Breath of Soul– 4 The Record

Boxettes (who also appeared on District MTV)- No Strings

Swingle Singers– Weather to Fly

Duwende– Versus

The Magnets– All This Time

Six Appeal– Plan A

The Ex-Boyfriends– Happy Ending

Maybebop– Winger sind Mehr

The Exchange– Get Ready

Sweet Honey in the Rock– Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center

Five O’Clock Shadow– Six

MO5AIC– RE5ET

Rockapella– Motown & More

GQ– GQ

The Bobs– Biographies

Groove for Thought– Songs of Good Cheer

Vox Pop– Mandate

Fork– ElectroVocal Circus

Idea of North– Smile

Postyr Project– My Future Self

Hyannis Sound– Over the Bridge

The Capital Hearings– Opening Statement

Vocal Line– Precious Things

Misc

Not sure exactly what to do with this, but…enjoy-http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6822314/college-a-capella-beating-the-system

So, what did I miss? Lots, I’m sure. Feel free to add other notable a cappella moments from 2013 in the comments below!

 

Our New Contributor- Justin Glodich

Each new year brings new opportunities, and though we are sad to say goodbye to my best friend, Patrick Holden (who will now be too busy working as a saute chef for some guy named Jean-Georges to contribute), we are very pleased to welcome Justin Glodich to the Acatribe team.

Justin is, like Pat, Matt, and myself, an alumnus of the Potsdam Pointercounts. Unlike the three of us, however, Justin experienced some performing success after his time with the ‘Counts. You may have heard of him from his involvement in a group called The Fault Line (VP).

Or, you may have read some of his posts on CASA (here) or heard about his involvement with the A Cappella Education Association.

We are very excited to have him aboard. Here is his official bio, and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter right here.

Justin Glodich is currently the K-12 Choral and Theatre Director in the Eldred Central School District in Eldred, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The Crane School of Music at Potsdam College, and a Masters of Music Education, Choral Conducting from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. While at Potsdam, he was a member of the all male a cappella group, the Potsdam Pointercounts. After college, he performed briefly with the Ithaca-based group, The Sons of Pitches, a group that ultimately became the vocal band, The Fault Line, which reached the semifinals of Season 2 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and was also mentioned in the Mickey Rapkin book, Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, and Brody McDonald’s book, A Cappella Pop.

At Eldred, Justin is responsible for five choral groups, including the Eldred Key Elements, an a cappella group consisting of students in grades 7-12. He is an active member of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America) and the New York State Theatre Educators Association (NYSTEA). He was recently selected as the New York Chapter Representative of the A Cappella Education Association, and he currently serves on the Executive Board for the Sullivan County Music Educators Association. Justin has toured across the country with The Fault Line, giving performances and workshops to a wide array of choral groups, and has presented lectures on Contemporary A Cappella in the Choral Classroom.

Updates!

As you may have noticed, things have been somewhat slow here for the past 2 months. There were two reasons for this: (1) things have been very busy with my work as a lawyer; and (2) things have been very busy in my other a cappella endeavors. The first is likely uninteresting to you, but the second should garner some interest.

In the past, I have written a few posts (here and here) for CASA (plus another one on repertoire coming very soon). Well, at the Boston Sings festival, I met with CASA.org content editor Amy Malkoff, and we discussed the possibility of bringing my Vocaldoings periodic news updates to CASA. It took some time to get up and running, but CASA will now have a monthly news update written by yours truly. Here was the belated May post, which was probably longer than most will be. June has been submitted and should go up around the first of July. I’ll publicize it here when it goes up.

I have also been busy nominating for Voices Only 2013, the collegiate compilation put together by Corey Slutsky. I was a nominator for Voices Only Forte II earlier this year, and I was pleased and honored to be selected as a nominator for the mixed groups for VO2013. Although I cannot say more at this time, I can say there are a lot of terrific submissions in this category and I think this year’s edition will be the best yet.

AcaVids hit a little bit of a lull during this busy time, but we have been trying to get back on track and we’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions. The past 2 weeks we’ve been scouring the world for some of the best groups from other regions of the world, first with South America and then with Central Europe. I enjoy doing this because it is both interesting and fun to learn about groups in other places, and these groups are often incredibly talented. What do you all think about these features?

There are some other things I’ve been working on which will remain private for now, but I will surely update you all as soon as practicable. I do have a substantive post coming in the next few days, so stay tuned for that, and please feel free to write with suggestions, comments, and questions, either in the comments section below or by emailing me at dave@acatribe.com.

Thanks for hanging around and/or checking in!

Vocaldoings: March, 2013

It’s been a busy few months since we talked about all of the exciting things coming in 2013.  It’s time for a few updates and some news we couldn’t have predicted back in January.

NEWS

On February 1, Inside A Cappella began offering weekly, 5-6 minute shows on its YouTube channel. The show, produced by Deke Sharon and Dave Longo, is hosted by Rachel Chaloub and offers some quick news, editorial/analysis, a few video clips, and more. In the 5th episode, released on March 12, the show broke the news that The Sing Off will be returning for a 4th season. When I say it “broke the news,” I mean it really broke the news. This renewal had not been reported yet on any other entertainment website, though some followed a week later.  You can find out more about the audition dates for the abbreviated Season 4 of the show here. Also, the producers of the upcoming Boston Sings festival announced that groups can mock audition for Deke Sharon and Sing Off executive producer Sam Weisman at this year’s festival.

In other mainstream entertainment news, DreamWorks has apparently picked up the rights for a movie about Straight No Chaser. You can read more about this from the Hollywood Reporter (!) here.

Sled Dog Studios and The Vocal Company announced in early January that they will be joining forces to create a new business offering all of their separate services and more. You can find out more about the merger and the new services in my recent interview with Chief Executive Officer of the new entity, Dave Longo, which is available here.

Speaking of a cappella production companies, Clear Harmonies Productions revamped their website, showed off a new logo, and released info about a new concert series they are producing in Arlington, VA, which will feature remaining performances by groups such as Breath of Soul, Musae, Blue Jupiter, The Executive Board, and Six Appeal.

Craig Martek, founder of The Pow Arrangers, is working on two great new websites, one tracking a cappella groups by location (here), the other tracking upcoming a cappella events (here). The latter was also related to a lengthy discussion on CASA’s Facebook page about how much we would all enjoy a website tracking concerts of part-time and full-time a cappella groups here in the U.S. by location. The discussion has turned to maintenance, and the group is currently seeking volunteers (I already signed up) to track 10 groups per year and update the administrator each month with all upcoming gigs for those groups. If you’re interested, send an email to: brian@casa.org.

The Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award nominees have been announced. You can find the list here, and don’t forget the winners will be announced at BOSS in 2 weeks, so get your tickets here (also, if you go to the festival, you’ll get to see The House Jacks, Postyr Project, Five O’Clock Shadow, and a number of collegiate groups perform, get a chance to mock audition for producers of The Sing Off, and get to see a whole lot of terrific workshops). Also, if you want some insight and analysis regarding the nominees, check out Rob Dietz’s blog for his “Call the CARAs” take on some of the major categories.

ICCA results are coming in, with all of the quarterfinals completed and three semifinals completed as well. Congratulations to all of the groups, and especially to the NU Nor’easters, Michigan G-Men, and FSU Reverb for punching their tickets to the Finals in NYC on April 20 at 8 pm.

Liquid 5th Productions has, as usual, been busy. First, engineers Carl Taylor and Chris Juengel have been alternating running live sound for some group called “Pentatonix”? If you missed it, my review of just how amazing the new PTX tour sounds/looks can be found here.  Liquid 5th has also joined forces with the UK University A Cappella Blog as they increase their reach across the pond (as they say). Here’s more info.

RARB (Recorded A Cappella Review Board) has been reviewing a cappella albums for twenty years. As tends to happen over time, much has changed in what is required and expected of the organization, and RARB has decided that it would be in its best interests to (finally) register as a non-profit organization. The organization is looking for opinions on the best way to raise money to achieve this goal, and we would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to complete our survey, which you can access here.

LIVE MUSIC

As I mentioned previously, Pentatonix has been on tour for much of the past 2 months. If you are able to catch them on any of the remaining dates, I highly recommend you do so.

The Exchange have been quite busy touring Australia and Hong Kong for much of the past 2 months. They have reportedly been working on some new recorded tracks with Tat Tong while on the road, so here’s hoping there’s a new EP coming later this year.

Overboard has been busy touring as well, with their recent “#monkeyponytour” taking them all over the map, including stops in Texas and the United Kingdom. You can find out more about upcoming gigs here.

Sing Strong Chicago just wrapped up this past weekend, with performances from Nota, the Swingle Singers, Traces, Blue Jupiter, Ball in the House, and others. Stay tuned for some videos on this week’s AcaVids coming tomorrow.

RECORDINGS

Since we last updated you all, the Exchange released their full-length debut album, “Get Ready.” You can check it out here (and I highly recommend you do).

Sweet Honey in the Rock have been around for nearly forty years with their very unique blend of folk, blues, jazz, gospel, and ethnic music.  They recently released a new album, a live 2-CD set from Lincoln Center, which is available now on CD and on Amazon, iTunes, etc. The press release for the album is available here.

Five O’Clock Shadow are getting ready to release their first recorded music in almost 13 years! Rumor has it the 5-song EP will be released before or during the upcoming BOSS festival, so stay tuned to the group on Twitter or Facebook for the breaking news.

MO5AIC are getting ready to release their new EP, RE5ET. You can preview it on their website right here.

Rockapella’s “Motown and More” album is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

VIDEOS 

Pentatonix has a powerful new collaboration with Lindsey Stirling which is now up on YouTube here.

Straight No Chaser released a new video collaboration with Sara Bareilles which stirred up some controversy among the die-hard “Chasers.” That video is available here.

Jewish a cappella groups Six13 and the Maccabeats each produced a new, hilarious, and terrific-sounding video for the upcoming Passover holiday. Here is Six13 with Pesach Shop and The Maccabeats with Les Miserables- Passover.

FUNDRAISING

Finally, we all know there is always some good old a cappella fundraising going on at Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Here are a few noteworthy campaigns.

The lovely and talented Boxettes have an ongoing campaign on Pledgemusic for their new EP, “No Strings.” Check it out right here.

North Carolina State University’s Wolfgang has a campaign to fund their new album right here.

The Vocaholics from NYU have an Indiegogo campaign to complete their new album here. (another group from NYU, my own Mass Transit, completed a successful campaign on that same site in just 9 days- go MT!)

New Hampshire’s Not Too Sharp also has a current Indiegogo campaign for their new album, to be recorded with Sled Dog Studios, right here.

The Eldred Key Elements, a high school group run by Justin Glodich, reached their goal but are still hoping for a little extra money to help raise the level of their upcoming album.

Sadly, both Committed and Traces of Blue (aka Afro Blue) recently failed in their efforts to fund new albums, though Traces of Blue is able to use the funds actually raised towards that effort. Here’s to hoping Committed gives it another shot with more success in the near future.

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That’s all the vocaldoings I have time to catalog for now. If you know of some noteworthy a cappella news, don’t hesitate to share it with others by commenting below or email me at dave@acatribe.com