Sound: Pentatonix Take A Cappella Mainstream
The L.A. based quintet is leading the charge into a new and instrumentally
Posted on 2/28/2014 10:37:00 AM by Marielle Wakim
A cappella, long regarded
as pop’s nerdy cousin, has doo-wah-diddied its way into the mainstream.
Leading the charge is Pentatonix, a local quintet that won season three
of NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group’s arrangements showcase
original tunes and diverse covers (everything from Beyoncé to
Korean rapper Psy).
My LA To Z: Pentatonix
Think you’re hearing an instrument or two? That’s Kevin
Olusola, a beatboxing demigod whose snare drum and crash cymbal sound
effects are anchored by Avi Kaplan’s bass. Harmonies from
Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstie Maldonado add the final layers.
In the middle of a sold-out world tour, the group performs at the Orpheum
Theatre on March 1 and 2. That’s music to our ears, no auto-tune