Hoping to get in the Christmas spirit a little early? You’re in luck. EW has an exclusive present for you courtesy of futuristic a cappella troupe Pentatonix, the winners of season 3 of The Sing-Off, who are gearing up for the release of their second EP, a Christmas collection called PTXmas, which will be available on Nov. 13.
The vocal band, who frequently make headlines with their inventive covers — like this recent take on “Gangnam Style” — have already successfully released one EP this year and toured the country. And the group has just announced a 2013 tour (dates available on the group’s Facebook page) that will run from January 24 to mid-March of next year.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves — first we have to get into the Christmas spirit. “But we’re only at Halloween,” you say? Trust me, once you hear Pentatonix’s version of “Carol of the Bells,” which you can stream exclusively right here on EW, you won’t be complaining.
The track features an arrangement of the classic carol that is at once both spirited and haunting. Mitch Grassi’s formidable tenor leads the song, and he’s well supported by the rest of the group, though Avi Kaplan’s incredible bass notes deserve a special shoutout (Seriously, how does he go that low?!). They’re basically like a chorus of angels wearing skinny jeans… or something like that. Check it out (especially the breakdown at 2:14) below: READ FULL STORY »