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It may not be a traditional path to musical stardom, but winning a television singing competition has certainly becoming a more common launchpad for musical acts. Just ask Pentatonix, the five-piece group from Arlington, Texas who won the most recent season of NBC’s a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off. The band parlayed the win into a cavalcade of media appearances, a top 20 debut and a successful concert tour. With a second EP on the way, the band is back on the road, playing Seattle’s Showbox Sodo on May 11. In advance of the group’s appearance, we caught up with Avi Kaplan, who sings most of the group’s bass lines, to talk about Pentatonix’s quick success, his super-low singing voice and the trouble with covering Taylor Swift.

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PENTATONIX. Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S,206-652-0444, showboxpresents.com. SOLD OUT. All ages. 8:30 p.m. Sat., May 11.

When did you realize that you could sing in such a ridiculously low range? In between eighth grade year and freshman year of high school, [my voice] totally changed. I didn’t notice it had changed but I went to school and everybody was looking at me pretty funny, like, “You’re voice is really low!”

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