Mama's Boys, UMBC's male a cappella group

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Beat-boxing and belting out arrangements of the latest pop songs is just another day for the Mama's Boys. The all-male a cappella group from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County started in the fall of 2003 when four students decided it was time to bring a fresh musical experience to campus. The founding members solicited everyone they knew to join the group, including random people walking by doing their laundry. Since then, the Mama's Boys have gone from singing "Happy Birthday" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" to serenading their audiences with renditions of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" and Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say." On Friday, the Mama's Boys take the stage at Festivus Acappellius, their first concert of the fall 2011 semester. Before the big day, group President James Krasnansky, Vice President Anuj Kapadia and Business Manager Jason Palumbo give b the scoop on awkward moments, today's music and fashion offenses on campus.

What's on your iPod? I have everything on my iPod from showtunes to hardcore rap. I'm pretty sure the only thing that isn't on there right now is screamo/metal. I have been really into Mat Kearney and the new Coldplay album lately. I have also been relaxing to some Allen Stone. If you haven't heard of him, go look him up right now … his voice is like melted butter. – Jason

Last movie you liked? Just saw "Scott Pilgrim" again. That movie will never get old. – Anuj

Favorite way to get ready for a show? Keep practicing! [There's] always time to perfect a song. – James

Worst pet peeve? My worst pet peeve is apathy. If you are going to be in a group, especially if you are leading, you should care about what you are doing. Saying "I don't care" never leads to anything good! –Jason

Favorite artist? Adele. She's basically who I want to be when I grow up. – Anuj

Best source of inspiration? The moment where you finish a song and see everyone looking down, smiling [and] nodding along. – James

Last concert/gig you went to? Last concert I went to was Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavillion. It was an awesome day that included Two Door Cinema Club, Cee Lo Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and the Black Keys. –Jason

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Big offender on college campuses: Tucking sweatpants into Uggs. Please stop. – Anuj

Worst/funniest mess-up to happen at a performance? Funniest performance I've had was the song where I pretend to shoot myself at the end. For reference, YouTube "I'll Be That Girl" by the UMBC Mama's Boys. It got pretty awkward fast. – James

Your worst habit? Trying to take on too much at once. I love being busy, but sometimes I realize that this leads to a lack of sleep, which leads to me being something close to a zombie walking around campus. This never turns out well for anyone around me. –Jason

Last video that made you snort with laughter? Bloopers from "That's So Raven" on YouTube. – Anuj

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite: monocle and cape. Loathed: Uggs. – James

What song are you hating/loving right now? A song that I have been loving is "Sooner or Later" off of Mat Kearney's new album, "Young Love." If you haven't heard it, drop everything and go listen. – Jason

Favorite actor/actress? Holly Marie Combs, best known as Piper on a show called "Charmed." She's snarky and wonderful. – Anuj

AS TOLD TO LAURA LEFAVOR, B

If you go

What: Festivus Acappellius

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: UMBC Lecture Hall 5, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville.

Tickets: Free

Info: "UMBC Mama's Boys" on Facebook

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