Overheard At Epi

After having a ~fun~ night filled with about seven too many shots of lime Burnett’s, we all somehow inevitably end up at Epi. At this point, it’s a Georgetown tradition to drunkenly eat way more chicken quesadillas than our stomachs can possibly hold. Of course, though, while enjoying the food and ambiance of Epicurean, we are also bound to eavesdrop overhear some rather interesting conversations:

The Drunken Breakups

I’ve witnessed an abnormal amount of drunken breakups occur at Epi in my first year. The first one takes the prize for being the most entertaining to watch…

(I know, I know. I’m a horrible person sometimes, but aren’t we all?)

I remember sitting down in an Epi booth  my first weekend at Georgetown and hearing, “BUT I STILL LOVE YOU.”  Five seconds into the conversation, I was seriously invested. I did what anyone would do: I casually looked over. Picture it: A blatantly sober girl near tears and a blatantly drunk boy staring at his phone.

The awkward tension — filled with silent pauses, quiet sniffles and violently fast texting noises — was finally brought to an end when the girl slammed her hands down on the table and screamed, “JUST LOOK AT ME AND TALK TO ME.”

By this point, the horrible part of me was quite invested as I tried to sneakily watch this intense showdown while scarfing down my quesadilla. It was as though a staged and poorly-acted reality TV show was unfolding before me — truly the best late night entertainment.

But that’s not all. Perhaps the best — or worst, depending on how good of a human being you are — part was when the guy suddenly looked up at his supposed girlfriend, held his phone out and asked: “Hey, isn’t this girl hot?”

He paused to glance around as if he knew he had gathered an audience by this point and said, “We should probably end things now.”

All I can say is RIP to that relationship.

 Fork Theft 

Unless you brought your own silverware to college and never have to worry about being out of forks, knives and spoons, you’ve probably suffered while trying to eat a midnight snack.

Often, I find myself laying in bed, watching “That 70’s Show,” too lazy to make my way over to Leo’s. So, naturally, I make myself some Easy Mac, only to realize I am forkless.

More often than I’d like to admit, I wander into Epi in the late hours of the night, making my way over to the silverware section while waiting for food. Naturally, I ask myself what any sane and reasonable person would ask at 1 a.m.: “How many forks should I steal?”

I’m not alone. Just last week, I heard another girl ask her friend that question. The girl then proceeded to grab a fistful of forks and carelessly stuff them in the pockets of her jeans. Stay classy, Georgetown.

“Hey, can I have a bite of that?” 

I’d like to think all of us are giving, caring people who would help out a friend in need. Unfortunately, my giving, caring soul suddenly turns into an evil teenage girl when my food is at stake.

Imagine this: A girl sits down in a drunken stupor, happily gazing at a perfect grilled cheese. She picks it up, about to take the most satisfying bite when her friend taps her shoulder, his face moving close to her food while saying, “Hey, can I have a bite of that?”

Then without waiting for a proper response, he takes a gigantic bite out of her sandwich. That was probably the first time my heart actually broke. I’ve never felt so bad for another person.

Final Thoughts

I think we can come to the general consensus that the most profound, enlightening and insightful of conversations occur at Epi in the wee hours of the morning. And remember, if you want to steal all the plastic forks and spoons, bring a bag.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, thehoya.com

50 Things Better Than SaxaNet

Despite being 3 months into a school year that has graced us with new Leo’s and a NUG, we still have no new SaxaNet. Maybe this is a cry for help or just an attempt to make sure that we live in a constant state of stress, but one thing is for sure: 4E is here to remind you of all of the things better than our current SaxaNet!

1 . GuestNet.

2. Wisey’s Rat. A cultural icon.

3. NUG (New Uncommon Grounds).

4. Being swerved by Patrick Ewing for a selfie.

5. A closed Quick Pita #neverforget #foreverinourhearts.

6. Sleeping on the ground, waiting for a speaker while it rains (HRC event last year I’m looking at you).

7. The VW Bus in Leo’s.

8. JT3.

9. Just getting up to the Vill A rooftops as the parties are being shut down.

10. Meek Mill getting arrested before Hoya Madness.

11. The President DeGioia Fathead on Vil A.

12. The lines at Whisk at 9 am.

13. Chik-Fil-A closing at 7 pm on a weeknight.

14. Class in St. Mary’s and then in Walsh 15 minutes later.

15. Drinking with your parents.

16. The 2008 Leo’s norovirus outbreak.

17. Walking up the Regents stairs.

18. Rain during the Farmer’s Market.

19. Rats scurrying across your path on the way to Lau 2.

20. The lack of soy milk AND a working blender at Midnight MUG.

21. The football team’s losing season (1-7).

22. Our rivalry with the Georgetown neighborhood.

23. Maintenance request response rates.

24. The lack of a Metro stop in Georgetown.

25. Walking up the Exorcist Steps.

26. LXR.

27. The one hour three hour wait for Cosí last year (#gonebutneverforgotten).

28. The Walsh elevator.

29. The emergence of Darnall as a #lit dorm.

30. Being rejected from Blue and Gray AND The Corp AND GUASFCU (Thanks Georgetown meme page for showing accurate feels!).

31. Going to Wisey’s at 11:15 pm and finding it closed.

32. The line on Tapingo for Bulldog at 8:01pm (#55thinlinereactsonly).

33. Meeting yet ANOTHER member of the #DirtyJerz during NSO.

34. The Lau fire alarm going off in the middle of midterms season.

35. Sweetgreen’s move to Wisconsin.

36. FINALLY seeing Jack on campus, but he’s not up for photos.

37. Using the last of your flex dollars.

38. Being such a Lau regular that the security guard recognizes doesn’t ask for your GoCard.

39. Starbucks not accepting your free drinks.

40. Paying for Chick-Fil-A.

41. Lau as an entity.

42. The prices at the bookstore.

43. Hilltoss’ new menu.

44. Only getting free samples of apples and peaches from the Farmer’s Market because you spent all of your money.

45. Taking your midterm and realizing that ~studying memes~ on Lau 4 last night did not help.

46. Getting to Farmers Fishers Bakers at 10:35am (just missing First Bake) and having no breakfast.

47. Eating at downstairs Leo’s.

48. Getting to class after your professor has started speaking.

49. Getting rejected from Piano in addition to getting your fake taken.

50. Reading this article using GuestNet.

As much as we complain about it, we can appreciate like understand Saxanet and its dysfunction. Hopefully by next finals season we’ll have a better version to hate!

Photos/GIFS: giphy.com, facebook.com, pinterest.com

What to Do After Getting Rejected from Piano Bar

After everyone’s favorite grimy bar got raided a few too many times and decided to be a whole lot pickier about who they let in, a lot of underage Georgetown students are left wondering – what next? Where else can I spend my Wednesday nights partying? Is there another spot I can flock to on a typical dead Georgetown Friday night? While no one has come up with a perfect solution yet, here are 4E’s 7 alternatives to Piano Bar.

  1. If you’re still looking to go out and have a good time, try Chi Di! What’s one rejection when you can have two in one night? Have you gotten a little too comfortable with your fake? Definitely give it a go despite multiple texts reporting cops surrounding the club.
  2. A rejection from Chi Di not enough to kill your party mood? The next move is a random club in downtown DC. You’re guaranteed to meet people almost twice your age, and if you wait in line long enough, you might even get to realize that Ultra is not nearly as large as they make it out to be. 
  3. However, if you’re a homebody and trying to stay near campus, why not try CVS on Wisconsin? I’m not kidding; this place is a goldmine. They have everything from snacks, to makeup, to Donald Trump shot glasses!
  4. Why not make it an early night at Epi? Sometimes Epi is more lit than the party (or in this case, Piano) itself. You’re guaranteed to see at least one person you know (and you know you wanted that quesadilla more than you wanted to be sweating it out on the dirty dance floor of Piano anyway).
  5. If you’re the typical Georgetown student who likes to talk about how much work they have, but never actually does it, why not spend the extra time studying? I hear (but don’t know from personal experience) Lau is open 24 hours a day. You can probably get some quality work done, considering your of age peers will be enjoying the bar you couldn’t get into. 
  6. Go to bed. Literally every single time I ask someone how they’re doing, they say tired. Instead of taking laps around Piano and waiting for the bartender to notice you until 2 AM, why not get some quality sleep in? Maybe the next day you won’t have to ban your roommate from drying her hair so that you can nap (sorry, Chiara!). 
  7. Stay in! Why risk it? It’s much safer to be caught partying by your RA than by the police. Grab some friends and have a good old sleepover filled with rounds of “Never Have I Ever” and “Truth or Dare.” I promise you’ll learn more about them that way than shouting over Piano’s sometimes cringey, sometimes decent music. These are just a few ideas for what you can do after being rejected from Piano, but feel free to explore other alternatives. Whatever you decide, 4E hopes you stay safe out there in this newly dangerous Georgetown bubble.

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Overheard at President Trump’s Inauguration

Well, it’s official: Donald Trump is The President of the United States. And while I’m sure all of you spent Friday, January 20th making signs for the Women’s March watching the inauguration ceremony, here are some of the best “Overheard at Inauguration” moments that you may have missed, courtesy of your friends here at 4E.

1. “Donald Trump, have my babies!”
-Yelled by a teenage boy during the Oath of Office

2. “This is the best day of my life!”
-A man without a jacket in the midst of the pouring rain

3. “I knew he was going to be President ever since the first time I  watched The Apprentice.

4. “Wait, I thought Ivanka was Trump’s wife?”

5. “If I knew he was going to win, I don’t think I would have voted for him.”

*as it started to rain*

6. Girl in the Crowd: “Rain Drop!”
Group of Trump Supporters: “Drop Top!”

As evidenced by that last one, there is still some good left in the world.  In the meantime, feel free to comment your own “Overheard” moments in the comments section below, because remember, there is (sadly) a good chance that the Leader of the Free World is reading this article as we speak!

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Friday Fixat10ns: Some Chill Tunes

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Do you ever feel completely freakin’ exhausted after a long week?  Are you so happy that Friday afternoon has arrived and all you want to do for the next few hours is chill?  Are you looking for perfect cool and relaxing playlist to make your Friday sweet?  Well this Friday Fixat10ns playlist is just what you need.  We at 4E  are concerned about your inner peace, your inner chakra as I like to call it.  So do yourself a favor and just listen.

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1. East Coast Girl- Cayucas. This ultimate poppy indie band hailing from Southern California will have you thinking about sun, palm trees, and the beach in no time.  Even though this song is called East Coast Girl, it still truly gives off some good vibes.

2. Always – Panama. Hitting an even more calming note, Always by Panama takes on an eclectic dramatic tune.  Oh how this song is so perfect for ultimate relaxation.

3. Naked Kids- Grouplove. Ahhh, my favorite hippy group!  I love them, purple hair and all.  This song will also have you wishing you were “cruisin’ down the highway, with your friends topdown”.  Summer is coming soon, kids! Don’t worry.

4. Hollywood – RAC. Although I usually add this tune to my pre-game playlist, it’s also great for some background noise. RAC has recently popped up more within the poppy indie scene as their sound has a harmonious combination of pop and

5. Wide Eyes- Local Natives. If you haven’t heard of them, they two have a great sound and a quirky flair.  If Wide Eyes does not help you find your inner chakra, then I don’t know what will.

6. Modern Jesus – Portugal. The Man. I’ve always been taken by Portugal. The Man’s luring and intense lyrics, but their sound is also something to take note of. Modern Jesus may leave you feeling quite pensive.

7. Climbing Walls – Strange Talk. I randomly stumbled upon this tune a while back on Youtube and figured it should make the list. It’s super catchy, so watch out.

8. October – Broken Bells. I love Broken Bells because they are composed of the same artist/producer of The Shins, another band with beautifully constructed songs.

9. Phantom Limbs – The Shins. Have you found that ultimate relaxed level yet? After 8 songs, I think you have to be almost there! Just keep listening, just keep listening!

10. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire. You’ve probably heard of these guys as they have been making the festival rounds over the last few years. This particular song is just the right amount of chill.

Well I really hope this playlist did the trick to relax you! Enjoy your weekend, fellow Hoyas!

Photos/Gifs: peggycappy.net; giphy.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Songs to Fuel Your Run

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As we near the end of March the weather is improving, the birds are chirping and the incessant crowd of DC runners are continuing to take on the sidewalks. If you are not already, 4E encourages you to get out and join the fun!

We understand, however, if the prospect of putting on athletic clothes and actually partaking in physical activity has you feeling like this:

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It can be daunting, but no matter what long winded string of excuses you can make for yourself, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! And we have put together a playlist as a form of encouragement. In no time at all you’ll be like this:

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  1. Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson. The ultimate pump up song to start of the run. If your pacing isn’t good, the beat in this song will surely help you get through the pain.
  2. I’m Still Standing- Elton John. Second song is where you really wanna give up, hey you’ve already ran a little why do more. This song will remind you that you are up and doing this. So, why stop?
  3. Lose Yourself- Eminem. Literally lose yourself as you listen to this song. Pretend you are on a beach, sleeping, just not running/dying like you probably are in reality.
  4. Dog Days are Over- Florence + the Machine. Almost half way there, you are past the hard part. Enjoy the serenity of this song and the serenity of this less painful part of this thing we call exercise.
  5. Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo. What makes a run better than picturing Jimmy Fallon doing his cover of this song? The original is amazing too, enjoy the hilarious lyrics and the obsessive beat.
  6. All I Do is Win- DJ Khaled. You are killin’ it. Really, all you do is win. You are making this run yours, there is no stopping. In the words of the poetic DJ Khaled all you do is win “no matter what”. Keep it up.
  7. Team- Lorde. We are all your team (aka your cheer squad) here. You have so much support behind you, keep on keeping up.
  8. Anaconda- Nicki Minaj. Nothing like a little Nicki to get you excited and in the mood to finish this run. You better do the rap or you are not a real person.
  9. I Love it- Icona Pop. You love this run, you love this exercise, you love that this thing is almost over! Celebrate with this iconic song and make sure to scream out the chorus while doing so.
  10. How Far We’ve Come- Matchbox Twenty. YOU DID IT. You have made it to the end of your run, congrats! Look at what you have done and all the songs that have helped you get there. Killin’ it.

There you have it, 10 songs that range the spectrums of genres and decades ready to accompany you on your workout. Get out there and show us what you got!!

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This post was co-written with Courtney Klein.

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

Friday Fixat10ns: Summer Throwbacks

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With the weather hitting sub-zero temperatures, there is no better time to think of the beach and all the heat we could be enjoying. Spring break is only a few weeks away!

1. “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters

This classic hit embodies the naivety that we all feel in the summertime. Don’t you just wanna chill under the boardwalk?

2. “Toes” – Zac Brown Band

This song combines two of my favorite things: summer and the Spanish language. I do not understand why “adios y vaya con Dios” makes me dream of the beach, but I don’t hate it! Vamos a la playa.

3. “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams

I cannot listen to this song without having it stuck in my head for at least a day. If I were alive, I bet ’69 would have been the best summer of my life, too.

4. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

God sometimes I wish I had brown eyes just so I could pretend this song is about me. You might be thinking, why is this summer themed? But, doesn’t the bouncy tempo and “sha la la”s just make you feel so happy and carefree?

5. “Island in the Sun” – Weezer

When you’re on a holiday, this is the best song. For sure. This song just explains how good a vacation really feels.

6. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles

This song is so innocent and heartfelt. It is the perfect song to remind you that even though winter is horrible right now, in the end it will get better and be summer. We are almost there.

7. “If You Like Pina Coladas” – Jimmy Buffett

Okay I am a little biased because my family loves Jimmy Buffett, but this song always helps me get through the winter months. But since I do like pina coladas, I always start craving them when I hear the song.

8. “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

Wasting away in heaven with this song. The mix of chill and catchy is unbeatable, this might be my ultimate feel good summer jam.

9. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys

This song always makes me think of 50 First Dates, AKA one of the best love stories of all time. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were warm, sunny and we were all on the beach having a really really good time?

10. “Soak Up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got” are some of the realest words that have ever been spoken. There is no better song to inspire you look on the bright side and soak up what you got.

We are kinda almost there Hoyas. Enjoy this time and get ready for some sunny beach weather in a few months!

Photo: huffpost.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Love Through the Decades

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Once again, 4E has you covered when it comes to having the perfect playlist for your valentine. They’ll be impressed by the fact that you have a song for every decade. Hopefully, this evolution of love songs will try to express what you’ve been wanting to say all along.

1. The 1920s: “Let’s Do It” – Cole Porter. Cole Porter might have lived back in the day, but he really got to the point. I mean let’s face it, everyone does it. Fall in love that is.

2. The 1930s: “Rhythm and Romance” – Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald is the Queen of Jazz, the First Lady of Song. Ella, your pure, jazzy voice can serenade anyone to fall in love.

3. The 1940s: “Five Minutes More” – Frank Sinatra. Maybe five minutes more will make a difference if you break out some Frank Sinatra. Guys take note, Frank Sinatra will always make a girl swoon.

4. The 1950s: “Earth Angel” – The Penguins. Released in 1955, this beautiful 50’s classic may seem a little familiar. That is because it was featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future.

5. The 1960s: “(You Me Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin. Sorry Beyonce, but Aretha Franklin was the original diva. Aretha you are all woman and please keep doing you.

6. The 1970s: “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder. This Stevie Wonder will melt your date’s heart and well, if you don’t have a valentine, just pretend that old Stevie is serenading you with those cool shades.

7. The 1980s: “I Melt With You” – Modern English. Nothing better than a little British new wave sound to live in up the mood. This may not be the most sultry of songs, but your date will appreciate it’s sweet sweet lyrics.

8. The 1990s: “I’ll Stand By You” – The Pretenders. Ah, what a classic 90’s cliché love song. The Pretenders really outdid themselves with this one.

9. The 2000s: “U Got It Bad” – Usher. Usher is the man when it comes to creating sexy and passionate renditions expressing love. Yes, that sentence was supposed to be extremely cheesy.

10. The 2010s: “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith. Due to the fact Sam Smith just took home 4 Grammy’s, I think he belongs on this wondrous list. Let’s face it, Sam Smith can steal anyone’s heart with his oh so beautiful voice.

Photo: http://rockonphilly.com/

Friday Fixat10ns: Grammy Awards 2015

The 57th annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday night, and we are in for a treat! LL Cool J is hosting (for the fourth year in a row), there are bound to be great performances and – wait, “Jealous” by Nick Jonas wasn’t nominated for Song of the Year???

So no awards show is perfect, especially not one for something as subjective as music. But there are some fine nominees this year, as there are every year, and we’ve put together a playlist of 10 notable nominated songs for your enjoyment.

1. Sia – “Chandelier” One of the year’s best music videos, in my opinion. This song has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (don’t ask me how those two are different), Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Producer and Video of the Year (along with “Turn Down for What”).

2. Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Remix) An excellent appearance from Mary J. on a now-ubiquitous song, though she isn’t the only famous person to collaborate with Sam Smith. A$AP Rocky did a verse on “I’m Not the Only One”, and Sam Smith himself was a guest on Disclosure’s hit “Latch.”

3. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” Love her or hate her, no one can deny that Taylor Swift knows how to make a catchy tune. Although to be honest, my favorite track from 1989 is definitely “Blank Space.”

4. Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass” Nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (seriously, what is the difference? Please tell me), this song catapulted Meghan Trainor into the public eye.

5. Hozier – “Take Me to Church” Hozier is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish musician who can rock a man bun. He is also excellent live – check out his appearance on SNL.

6. Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige – “F For You” Despite the fact that Settle, the album on which this track appears, came out in 2013, “F For You” managed to snag a nomination for Best Dance Recording. Also, note that Mary J. Blige is racking up the nominations-by-guest-appearance.

7. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?” AM was also released in 2013. Nevertheless, “Do I Wanna Know?” is a great song and this band (one of my favorites) got a nomination for Best Rock Performance.

8. Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love”  Recently “covered” by Will Ferrell, this song has cemented its place in pop culture for a looooong time (surfbort, anyone?). Personally, I like to skip Jay-Z’s weird and not very good verse and stick to the good stuff (Bey).

9. Kendrick Lamar – “i” One of the singles from Kendrick’s forthcoming album (due any day now, or something like that), “i” is a message of positivity and self-respect. A great track from a hopefully great album.

10. Kanye West – “Bound 2” Nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song, “Bound 2” has a timeless classic of a music video. It’s also one of the best songs on Yeezus. Let’s hope 2015 brings another classic Kanye album (that’ll rack up the nominations for Grammys 2016).

So tune in Feb. 8 to see who wins! CBS is broadcasting starting at 5:00 pm. Hopefully this playlist will help you prepare for the show. Or, you know, you can be like me and just listen to “Jealous” over and over.

Photos: grammy.com, brooklynvegan.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