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.