Karyn Crisis asks for your help.
Kickstarter is always an interesting place to survey the state of independent music, for many artists use the crowdfunding platform for help pursuing the dream. It's a great feeling to support creative freedom. Here are some locals who can use your help right now:
• Oakland's hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj is very close to reaching a goal of $10,000 needed to record an EP. There are seven days left, with the current tally standing at $9,470.
• San Francisco's Karyn Crisis, former lead singer of Crisis, wants to record her solo album Gospel of the Witches. With eight days left in her campaign, she's raised $6.648 of a $15,000 goal.
• Fairfax country-rockers The Real Deal also want to record a full-length album. Dottie Escue and Tom Huebner also double as the acoustic Americana act Of Like Mind. With 10 days left in their campaign, they've raised $2.550 of a $5,999 goal.
• Oakland's Eight Belles Band, the self-described "Fleetwood Mac meets Patsy Cline meets Roy Orbison with a sprinkling of Karen Dalton," wants to keep the throwback vibe going by recording a sophomore album on vinyl. With 22 days to go, their current total is $2.481 of a $7,500 goal.