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By Catherine P. Lewis, Special to The Washington Post, Friday, April 24, 2009 

Throw out any perceptions you have of a cappella music: The images of stuffy Ivy Leaguers propagated by jokes on NBC's "The Office," the quirky house band from the PBS series "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" and the classic sound of the 40-year-old British group the King's Singers.

Like those groups, the Bobs perform with no instruments, but their use of vocal harmonies takes them to a sound more rock than choral, allowing them to take on such electric songs as Cream's "White Room."

"We don't define ourselves as being an a cappella group as much as being a band that writes songs and does covers of other songs," says bass Richard "Bob" Greene via telephone from the Fauquier County farm where he lives for half the year. "It's just incidental that we don't have any instruments."

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