Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.
Son Ambulance is the brainchild of one-time Bright Eyes sideman Joe Knapp, who employs similar melancholic, electro-beat backdrops in his own somber tunes, but has begun to distinguish himself from his more-famous Omaha, Neb., collaborator. Soft-strummed songs like â€śHorizons,â€ť off the groupâ€™s latest album, Someone Elseâ€™s Déjŕ Vu, touch on wistful, Shins-fashioned indie-pop, avoiding the emotional catharsis of vintage Conor Oberst. Plenty of Saddle Creek mainstays lent a hand to the record, including members of The Faint and Tilly and the Wall, and ubiquitous producer Mike Mogis. Son Ambulance headlines a 9 p.m. show at the Cactus Club tonight with Matador Records singer-songwriter Jennifer Oâ€™Connor.