Mid-Monday Pick Me Up: Pentatonix

If you’re not tuning into NBC’s The Sing Off on Monday nights, you’re really missing out. Two hours of drama-free, straightforward, blow-your-socks-off musical talent is just what the doctor ordered after the hellaciousness that regular calendars call “Monday.” If you can get past the host stylings of Nick Lachey – basically the equivalent of baked brie – what you’re left with are some of the best a cappella groups in the country singing their butts off to win cash and a record contract, and the best panel of judges of all of the talent shows. Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman (he of Boyz II Men fame) know more about singing and musicianship than some other talent show judges I could name but won’t Paula Abdul.

All these groups are mega-talented, but the one that stands out for me, that I’ve come to look forward to every week, is Pentatonix. These guys do with five voices what other groups can’t do with 25. They are briliant, and will blow your mind. Check out their last couple performances – “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Love Lockdown” – below. That breakdown on “Video”? Come ON. And “Love Lockdown” is a freaking masterpiece of vocal stylings. Tune in tonight on NBC at 8/7 central to see what these guys come up with next.

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