As the festival continues to heat up, here’s our take on the Sunday night’s offerings.


Kelley Stoltz

Local hero and singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz brings his electric folk-rock to a Sunday night show over at the Make-Out Room, headlining alongside Sonny Smith and Virgil Shaw. For the folky Smith, it’s the CD release show for his new album Fruitvale, an album of songs inspired by and drawn from the Oakland neighborhood where he lives. It’s also the debut release on the (((belle sound))) label run by San Francisco musician Chuck Prophet.


The Dont’s

Over at Cafe du Nord, The Dont’s bring their dance-inducing art-pop to the stage, along with the well-crafted indie pop of HIJK, whose latest EP calls to mind the sophisticated songwriting of Squeeze. Also performing are San Francisco’s The Junior Panthers. You can listen to our Dont’s interview here, and hear a track from HIJK in our March 2007 Mix.


Captain Ahab

If you’re looking for something more synth-oriented, you should check out 12 Galaxies on Sunday for Captain Ahab‘s electro, Hard Place‘s rock-new wave mix, Strength‘s catchy disco-pop and Bizzart‘s art-leaning hip-hop. Headliner Captain Ahab gained notoriety last year for winning a contest to be included on the soundtrack to the film Snakes on a Plane with their track “Snakes on the Brain.”


Ledbetter and His Best Bet
Photo by: Mike Garlington

The Rockit Room has an eclectic bill, ranging from the instrumental rock of The Coma Lilies, to Juan Prophet Organization’s cabaret-pop mix, and the no wave-influenced The New Thrill Parade. Perhaps most interesting on the bill, though, is opener Ledbetter and his Best Bet, who will be applying their folk arsenal to covering the entirety of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Airplane over the Sea.