Back to Pentatonix Pentatonix's Mitchell C. Grassi: What music I'm listening to
By Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel Feb. 7, 2014

Mitchell C. Grassi, furthest left, of a cappella group Pentatonix, is "really inspired" by Beyonce's new album. Pentatonix plays the Riverside Theater Tuesday; like the rest of its U.S. tour, the show is sold out. Photo by Ryan Parma.

Few emerging touring acts are as hot right now as Pentatonix. The a cappella quintet, as seen on "The Sing-Off" and in a series of imaginative covers on YouTube, is playing a sold out show at the Riverside Theater Tuesday. Actually, the entire tour is sold out.

Pentatonix's success might be a bit surprising, considering the TV show that introduced it to the world doesn't draw the same ratings or buzz as bigger singing shows "American Idol" and "The Voice." But there are other bands emerging from less popular singing reality shows that are finding greater success than the big show's bigger breakout stars.

Reggae-flavored boy band Emblem3, from Fox's "The X Factor," is playing the 3,500-capacity Eagles Ballroom at the Rave Valentine's Day. Girl group Fifth Harmony, also featured on the underperformng "Factor," is headlining the Pabst Theater March 19, and it only has a Billboard top 10-cracking album to its name. "The Sing-Off" too is going on the road for the first time; one of two shows at the Pabst March 20 is sold out.

You can read more about how these artists are succeeding in Friday's Weekend Cue cover story, and on

And read below to find out what Pentatonix's Mitchell C. Grassi is listening to right now.

Who: Mitchell C. Grassi, vocalist for Pentatonix (7 p.m. 2/11 Tuesday, Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. Sold out.)

What he’s listening to: I’m really inspired by Beyoncé’s latest album.

Why he likes it: Not only is it sonically impressive, but her blunt and sometimes shocking lyrical honesty is very refreshing to me.

Also likes: I also want to be a DJ, so I try and pay attention to the hottest tracks. I’ve been really digging Laszlo Dancehall lately, because they’ve got this sort of old-school deep house-y vibe, which I adore.