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With Pitch Perfect 2 set to be released in May 2015, everything from cast updates to the inside scoop on Elizabeth Banks directing has reignited our obsession with the world of a cappella.
The 2012 musical comedy — starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson — about the competitive world of college a cappella was a runaway hit for Universal Pictures. Now, as graduating seniors at Barden University, Pitch Perfect 2 will revisit the ladies’ a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, to see how their harmonies will translate in the real world.
“All across the board I just had amazing partners, and it was that collaborative process that was very gratifying, ” explained Banks. “And I liked being the boss!”
Displaying the art a cappella at its best, some of the performances in Pitch Perfect were so flawless that it sent us to YouTube in droves to see if such musicality, sans instruments, could really exist. And turns out, it really does!
In fact, there are some a cappella groups out there that are rock stars in their own right, touring internationally and competing in real-life sing-offs more intense than the ones featured in the movie.
Here are 5 a cappella groups to get obsessed with right now:
This mixed quintet won the third season of NBC’s a cappella competition, The Sing Off, and haven’t slowed down since. Become one of their 6 million (and counting) YouTube subscribers to and catch them in a Pitch Perfect 2 cameo this spring.
2. Penn Masala
Billed as the world’s first Hindi a cappella group, this all male troupe started at University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and will also be making an appearance in Pitch Perfect 2.
3. Street Corner Symphony
Though the number of members has varied over the years for this Nashville based group, SCS’ signature goofy, fun music mashups and YouTube videos keep their fans hooked.
4. The Sil’hooettes
Hailing from the University of Virginia, The Sil’hooettes, better known as the Sils, are an all female ensemble with A+ harmony. Throughout the years, members of the Sils have opened up for rapper B.o.B as well as rocker Ben Folds, have released studio albums and occasionally performed on East Coast radio stations. How do they find time in between classes?
Watch some celebrated alums perform at a recent Sil’hooettes reunion in the video above (they’ve definitely still got it), and then head over to the group’s official Youtube channel to hear more recent covers of songs such as Florence and the Machine’s “Breath of Life” and Delta Rae’s “I Will Never Die.”
Originally formed in 1986 in NYC, Rockapella members are basically the vets in the game. Together, they’ve released 19 studio albums of rock and R&B covers to old school hits like “Pretty Woman” and “Stand By Me.”