Kick Picks: Annie Bethancourt, Pete Brook, and Olympia All Ages Project
Annie Bethancourt, the amazingly talented and charming winner of the 2010 Verbicide Unsigned contest, is doing a Kickstarter to fund her upcoming album Skeleton Bones! We love our Unsigned alumna and couldn’t be more excited for her. Annie’s offering up backer incentives ranging from downloads to live acoustic performances, so head over, check out her Kickstarter video, and give what you can — every little bit helps. Also be sure to read our interview with her from last year and download her track, “What’s a Girl to Do?” which was part of our poutine-flavored Expozine mixtape.
While you’re at it, here’s a couple other interesting Kickstarter projects, in case you have a dollar or two to spare:
Successful blogger and Wired contributor Pete Brook is embarking on a journey (literally) to delve deeper into an important subject: criminal justice reform. “I’ll be meeting the most creative and celebrated photographers who, through their work in prisons, have shaped America’s visual culture and the debate on U.S. criminal justice.” Brooks is going to travel around the U.S. speaking with the photographers face to face, and plans to release the resulting book under a Creative Commons license. Be sure to check out the powerful images he’s provided as an example on his page — prints of many of them are being made available as backer incentives.
One of Verbicide‘s favorite little music venues, Northern: The Olympia All Ages Project in Olympia, WA, was recently booted out of their home by a new landlord who apparently isn’t interested in having an awesome art gallery/all ages venue in his building. The Northern’s already held tons of great shows during its short lifetime, including Wild Flag, Thao & Mirah, Prince Rama, and many more. They just recently hit the modest goal they set for themselves, but let’s help them go above and beyond so they can get the improved sound system they’re hoping for. Seriously, let’s get them the best sound system ever to grace an all-ages, volunteer-run venue. That should make it less likely that Heather will have an experience like this again.