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We all know and love the a cappella classic Pitch Perfect, AKA the movie that changed movies forever. Naturally, 4E is obsessed with Pitch Perfect and all things that involve songs being turned into heavenly remixes.

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Let’s be honest, all the songs are still stuck in our heads. I still pretend to be Anna Kendrick when “No Diggity” comes on. There is no escaping the sphere of influence Pitch Perfect has created.

As we all know, this classic favorite is now getting a sequel. Yes, that is right. Double the songs, double the a cappella jokes and double the badass-ness. If you haven’t checked out either trailers, please take this time to educate yourself.

Originally we thought that this was going to be another horribly done sequel, as this is often the case. Actually, how could it live up to the original? But, these trailers are making us rethink our preconceived notions.

Obviously, we have some unanswered questions about what happened after the Bellas won nationals:

How are things with Jesse and Beca? Are they together, are they serious, or did the love die out?

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What happened with Bumper? Is he famous now? Why was he in the trailer?

Do Aubrey and Chloe ever graduate? How many years is this college?

Does Fat Amy ever go by Fat Patricia? Or does she keep the nickname? 

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Follow up: Why did she choose that nickname in the first place?

Why did the President invite them to sing? It is not like they are The Chimes or something!

Where is Kimmy Jin? Is she still relevant?

Will these be addressed? What do we have to look forward to? We can only imagine the aca-mazingness that is in store.

Pitch Perfect forever.

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Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com; giphy.com; flickeringmyth.com

Friday Fixat10ns: A Cappella Edition

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Sure, instruments are cool and all, but sometimes it is fun to just enjoy the sweet harmonies of talented singers. The 42nd Cherry Tree Massacre is upon us, and we here at 4E are getting ready by filling our ears with some of the hottest a cappella tracks out there.

Let’s Get It On”- Pentatonix

Pentatonix is probably the hottest a cappella group out there right now, and they got their start on NBC’s short-lived TV competition “The Sing Off”. I was a huge fan of the show, and Pentatonix stole my heart with this killer performance. If you’re a fan, you should check out their whole run through the show.

“Final Performance”- Barden Bellas

I’ll be honest – I loved the movie Pitch Perfect. I was hesitant watching it the first time, but the story is pretty funny, and the music is killer. I couldn’t make an a cappella list without this jam.

“Final Performance”- Treblemakers

Couldn’t include one without the other. This is the other final performance in the movie, from the “bad boys of a cappella”. If you say you can’t jam along to this track, you either don’t have a musical bone in your body, or you’re a liar.

“Bon Jovi Medley”- Straight No Chaser

Brought to the mainstream by their Christmas medleys, Straight No Chaser is a pretty famous a cappella group from the University of Indiana. They have a ton of songs to choose from, including a lot of medleys and mash-ups, but this one just felt right.

“Sweet Caroline”- The Beelzebubs

Another group of “Sing Off” superstars, these heart-melting gentlemen are from Tufts University. I personally just love the song, but it’s also a great performance/serenade.

“Dog Days are Over”- Pentatonix

Sorry, I know I already included them once, but they crushed basically every performance while on the “Sing Off,” so I figured I’d give you guys another taste. (Performance starts around 1:40)

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”- A Cappella Soul

Admittedly, they have one guy playing an instrument (I think it’s a stand-up bass), but this is one of the coolest a cappella groups I’ve been able to find. They’ve got great vocals, and put on a really entertaining performance.

“Telephone Line”- The Georgetown Chimes

I couldn’t write an a cappella post without including something from last year’s Cherry Tree Massacre. This one grabbed my attention live, and got me hooked on the original song. I think that’s all you can ask for in an a cappella performance.

“Take Me To Church”- The Georgetown Saxatones

If you are heading to Cherry Tree tonight or Feb 7, you will have the honor of seeing the Saxatones perform as well. They killed DCAF in the Fall and this song is one of their best from that performance. You should also check out their version of “Bang Bang” because it is killer.

“Evolution of Beyoncé”- Pentatonix

Okay, this actually is the last Pentatonix song. They are just too amazing. The Evolution of Beyoncé is more that just a song, it is an experience. What a better way to honor the Queen that is Queen B.

Photos/Videos: cinemablend.com; Youtube.com

Penn Masala Preview

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Good news, fans of a cappella and of South Asian music! Penn Masala, hailing from the University of Pennsylvania, is coming to Gaston Hall tomorrow at 6 p.m. for what is sure to be a riveting performance, thanks to Deloitte, Pratham DC, GU Jawani and the SAPAN Institute. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but for those lucky enough to be attending or to anyone interested in the group, 4E interviewed Penn Masala’s business manager, Pranay Sharma, and the group’s President, Dilip Rajan.

For those not familiar with Penn Masala, could you describe your group in a few words?
Penn Masala is the world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group (no instruments, just voices). By combining the best of Bollywood with Western popular music, we’ve been able to release 8 albums and perform around the world.

Have you ever performed in DC before? Are you guys going to see the sights while you’re here?
We have performed in DC before and love the city! Unfortunately, I’m not sure if we’ll have time on this trip to do the sightseeing so we’ll have to come back some other time for that.

Where was the coolest place you’ve ever performed?
The coolest place we’ve performed in recent times was definitely at IIFA (the Indian International Film Awards). It was unreal to be singing songs on stage that were originally performed by the actors that were sitting in the first row!

What are your favorite songs as a group?
We all have our own favorites but as a group we all love performing “Fix You – Ishq Bina” (Coldplay and AR Rahman) and “Distant Places” (written by the group).

Who would be your dream singers to work with?
Working with Arijit Singh or Shreya Ghoshal would be a dream come true!

You can check out more about Penn Masala here, including videos of their performances. The concert tomorrow will be raising money for Pratham USA, the largest educational movement in India. Thanks Pranay and Dilip and the rest of Penn Masala – we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s concert!

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