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Son Ambulance

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Jul. 16, 2008
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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 “Horizons,” off the group’s latest album, Someone Else’s Dj 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 O’Connor.

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