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Kali Yuga experiments with music through chaos

Rae Barry March 22, 2024

Away from campus under the dim glow of neon signs and orange candles, Augustana’s improvisation ensemble, Kali Yuga, experiments with sound and music outside of what might be found in traditional campus...

Kyle Hutchins, assistant professor of practice and saxophone at Virginia Tech, teaches junior Nicole Grafon some Saxophone contemporary techniques during his Masterclass on Feb 24.

Saxophones, soundscapes and slap tongue, oh my! Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival celebrates experimental music

Gavin Nicoson March 2, 2024

As this year’s Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival began, sweeping changes in sound from moody to hopeful and outbursts of musical energy turned Larson Hall into an entirely new space. Saxophones and...

Musician Phillip-Michael Scales performs in the Brew for “Live on Campus” hosted by the Office of Student Life on Feb 21.

“Dive Bar Blues”: Singer/Songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales performs at Augustana

Celeaciya Olvera March 1, 2024

The Brew’s usual evening ambiance of chattering students and whirring espresso machines was replaced by the strums of acoustic guitar. On Thursday, Feb. 22, singer and songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales...

Potential members socialize with each other at the Phi Mu Alpha’s Informal Recruitment event in Bergendoff on Feb. 13.

Augustana Greek life offers home to student musicians

Morin Windle February 23, 2024

While hundreds of students have been loaded up on buses to meet Augustana’s social sororities and fraternities, a quieter rushing season is also coming to a close. These two groups, Phi Mu Alpha (PMA)...

First years Bri Clark, left, Diana Dethloff, center, and Carrie Uddenberg, right play a game of bean bag toss during Sloughfest at Augustana College on May 6, 2023.

Eighth annual Sloughfest music festival rocks Augustana

Allie Lewis May 12, 2023

On Saturday, May 6, Augustana held its eighth annual music festival: Sloughfest. The event was highly anticipated campus-wide and highlighted both student performers and headliners. Students from First-Years...

First year Graham Hunt plays cello in the Christmas at Augustana dress rehearsal on Dec. 1, 2022.

Christmas at Augustana: The seniors’ finale

Najiah Osborne December 10, 2022

As students prepare for the end of the semester, the celebration of Christmas awaits. Christmas at Augustana is an event led by the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. They performed with the Augustana Brass...

Taylor Swift’s Midnights has me managing expectations

Taylor Swift’s Midnights has me managing expectations

Carly Davis October 28, 2022

The queen of pop is back– and that comes with the fallibility of any modern monarchy. Sometimes, especially throughout Taylor Swift’s Midnights, that title feels unearned.  “Lavender Haze”...

Reverend Yolanda Norton reciting a prayer during the event Beyonce Mass at Centennial Hall on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Beyonce Mass celebrates the Black experience

Anh Bui April 20, 2022

On April 13, 2022, Augustana College welcomed “Beyoncé Mass,” a womanist Christian worship service that celebrates the lives, beauty, culture, spirituality and experiences of Black women, according...

The Grammys are a terrible attempt to objectively judge subjectivity

The Grammys are a terrible attempt to objectively judge subjectivity

Kyle King April 16, 2022

With the 2022 Grammy Awards finally behind us after it was initially postponed in January due to concerns with the COVID-19 Omicron variant, it is the time of year for people to evaluate whether the Grammys...

Sophomore John Flannery playing piano at the Denkmann Building on Friday, Nov 5, 2021.

Augie pianist plays their way through the semester

Charlie Roiland and Hannah Knuth November 13, 2021

John Flannery, Augustana sophomore and gifted pianist sits next to me at the brew. Their bags have been thrown on the floor and chairs, prepared to go to their next event after just coming from their sophomore...

OBScast – The Augustana Observer Podcast – Music and WAUG with Nathan Wylie – Vol 2 Ep 2

Chris Ray November 9, 2021

We sit down with WAUG member Nathan Wylie and discuss campus radio and his involvement in band. We also discuss the importance of music and it being a lifelong outlet. You can go to to access their...

White Tornado interacts with the crowd during his exciting performance at Chill on the Hill on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Live music is back (and safer than ever)

Carly Davis October 10, 2021

Sunday afternoon, Sep. 26, found me sitting on a blanket at the Lefty Anderson pavilion waiting for a friend to join me for an outdoor concert. Augustana had tried to hold Chill on the Hill back in 2019,...

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