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Music: Pentatonix
From left to right: Mitch, Scott, Kirstie, Kevin, Avi

Pentatonix, or "PTX," as they like to call themselves, are an A Cappella singing group consisting of five incredibly talented young musicians: Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola. Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch grew up together in Arlington, TX. They recorded a YouTube cover of Telephone by Lady Gaga in an attempt to win a "meet the cast of Glee" cover band. They didn't win the contest, but when Scott learned about The Sing Off, they were inspired to audition. They added Avi, the bass singer, on the advice of a mutual friend, and invited Kevin to join them on vocal percussion after seeing his viral "cello-beatboxing" youtube video.

Together, the group produces a unique, full, layered sound that almost seems too complex to come out of five people. Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch form the melodic and harmonic core of the music, while Avi and Kevin lay down a remarkably solid base. Pentatonix won the third season of The Sing Off, and have been creating impressive cover arrangements and original songs ever since. They have three EP albums out thus far with a fourth full length album planned, and they regularly release Youtube videos of their music. They have had multiple viral videos, most notably "Evolution of Beyoncé" and a Daft Punk medley which reached 80 million views in July 2014. Both videos received wide media attention as well. Pentatonix has made multiple US and two European tours with an Australasian tour scheduled for August 2014. They've performed pop, electronic, dubstep, and hip-hop music in their signature A Cappella style.

The albums they've released thus far are:
  • PTX Volume 1 (June 2012)
  • PTXmas (November 2012)
  • PTX Volume 2 (November 2013)
  • PTXmas Deluxe Edition (2 bonus tracks) (November 2013)
  • Unnamed Full Length Album (2014)


Pentatonix provide examples of the following tropes:

  • A Cappella
  • Adorkable: All of them, especially when they're geeking out about one of their interests. (For example, Scott talking about Beyonce or Mitch talking about corgis)
  • After the End: The setting for their cover of Radioactive with Lindsey Stirling. Blasted, graffiti'd buildings, oversaturated visuals, and costumes with plenty of dusty leather and goggles. Bad Ass.
  • Anti-Love Song: Original song "The Baddest Girl".
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Arguably in their collaboration with Todrick Hall:
    Kirstie (as the Witch of the West): "Don't want no money! (to Avi/Lion) I like your beard."
  • Audience Participation Song: One of the most well-received part of their concert is where they divide the audience into thirds and have each third sing a part (as Team Scott, Team Mitch, and Team Kirstie), then have Avi and Kevin do their thing beneath.
  • Basso Profundo: Avi, full stop. The man can rattle the floorboards on incredibly deep, low tones.
  • Bowdlerise: They tend to remove curse words and other potentially racy language in their songs, the most notable being their performance of "OMG" on The Sing Off, explained in part by Kevin's very religious background. Fortunately, it rarely if ever gets in the way of their songs and it really does make the songs more child friendly.
  • Christmas Songs: An album of them, appropriately named PTXmas.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Scott can be this.
  • Comical Angry Face: The behind-the-scenes for their "Radioactive" cover features a "super-frown count" of Lindsey Stirling and several members of the group doing their comical angry faces for various reasons. Final tally? Four.
  • Concept Video: Thus far two of their music videos.
    • The video for their cover of Starships by Nicki Minaj. The band puts together a spaceship out of random household objects!
    • The video for their cover of Aha by Imogen Heap. Zombified band members stalk a man and his girlfriend!
  • Cover Version: The majority of their songs so far.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Five-Token Band: Very nearly a natural example: Two white guys, a Hispanic girl, a Jewish guy, and a black guy. Oh, and the white guys are both gay.
  • Halloween Episode: The video for their cover of Aha by Imogen Heap. A Cappella music by way of a zombie flick.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The band sports pale blue contact lenses in their "Daft Punk" video, except for Kevin who wears futuristic Cool Shades.
  • Medley:
    • Their Britney Spears cover, from The Sing Off
    • Their *NSYNC medley, from their YouTube channel.
    • Also, the "Evolution of Music" video. A medley spanning over five hundred years' worth of popular music.
    • "The Evolution of Beyoncé" which is exactly what it sounds like.
    • A Daft Punk medley, simply titled "Daft Punk".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Judging by his intro part in "Pusher Love Girl", Avi seems to have taken this role, but mostly only in the music.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: A Cappella pop, A Cappella hip-hop, A Cappella electronica...
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted entirely. Avi has a very robust fandom.
  • The Oner: Most of their youtube videos consist of the group sitting on a couch in front of a stationary camera and singing live.
  • Self-Titled Album: Well, almost. PTX is a nickname for the group.
  • Sesame Street Cred: They're set to appear on a future episode.
    • A clip from which can now be seen here!
  • Something Completely Different:
    • Their collaboration with Lindsey Stirling on Imagine Dragons' Radioactive. A Cappella music... with cello and violin.
    • In their concerts, they bring out Kevin's cello and have him cello-beatbox in order to give the rest of the vocalists a bit of a break.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Scott takes lead most often, but Kirstie and Mitch carry several songs apiece. Even Avi gets into the mix on several of their tunes.
  • Voice Types: The average American has a vocal range of one-and-a-quarter octaves; a trained singer typically has two and a bit. The members of Pentatonix have a lot more, easily qualifying as bisectional.
    • Avi is a Basso Profundo but can function as a tenor. One video pegs his range as three-and-a-half octaves.
    • Scott primarily plays tenor lead, but can function as a bass.
    • Kevin is a high tenor on the rare occasions when he sings (in Run To You his part is notated as an alto part sometimes and a tenor at others).
    • Kirstie tops out at mezzo-soprano, but has access to the whistle-tones made famous by Mariah Carey.
    • And though Mitch typically plays the part of the alto, he is actually some sort of super-human, running the gamut from tenor to soprano over the course of Aha! alone. When they do Bohemian Rhapsody, it's Mitch who hits the high note, not Kirstie.
      • Not to mention that Mitch has a whistle register as well! Check it out. He can whistle almost as high as Kirstie, though maybe not as consistently.

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