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Continuing my series of Watercoolers on the best music I heard at this year’s Art Outside

In 2013, Art Outside’s organizers extended the event with more music on Sunday, and allowed people to camp into Monday afternoon. Of course, most people still had to work that Monday, and the event dwindled down to just a few hundred stalwarts. There was a lovely feeling of intimacy to those last hours, with all of the event condensed together — though I know some people who showed up on Sunday were disappointed by the smaller scale.

Many of the remaining artists set up their work near the main stage, where the final acts would play, selling prints and engaging in live painting. For those who haven’t been to a concert recently — especially one influenced by electronic music culture — live painting during events has become popular enough that some artists receive their own billing on event announcements. It adds a pleasant visual element to an auditory experience, as you can watch a work of art take shape over the course of a few hours:

The second to last act of Art Outside was Ishi, a Texas act whose mellow sounds nonetheless got us dancing. From their website:
Ishi’s ability to successfully walk the line between an ambitious studio act and a multi-sensory live experience allows them to engage their audiences in an uplifting celebration of life and universal awareness. High-energy dance floors combined with the subtle undertones of inner-exploration combine to create a concert experience that is unequivocally one-of-a-kind. Each night, Ishi intends to create an entirely unique environment of mysticism, awareness, love and acceptance. Adored by fans and critics alike, there is no denying that ‘Ishi’ is an immersive experience that everyone should discover.

I enjoyed the lights and the jams, and especially their cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle,” but especially I dug the lead’s bizarre fashion sense:

Tonight’s musical selection is Ishi’s “Mother Prism.” Their newest album, Digital Wounds, was released this Spring.

Have you heard any good music recently?

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and