Once a semester, 600 or so students pile into an auditorium at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., for a last-day-of-class concert by The Singing Knights, one of the school's seven a capella groups. With Carleton's student body barely clearing 2,000, that's an impressive crowd—until you consider that their live renditions of songs by Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens and other indie-rock darlings have racked up over 4 million YouTube views. Their 2006 performance of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is the unequivocal "hit" with 3,135,148 views at press time, but more recent arrangements of Flight of the Conchords' "Sello Tape" and Vampire Weekend's "Oxford Comma" have exploded, too. "The fact that we are even a small Internet sensation still blows our collective mind," marvels Tom Fry, a rising senior and Singing Knights tenor. "We're 8 to 12 guys that like singing and hanging out with one another. Our inner American Idols find this arrangement more than satisfactory."
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