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Curator's Note:

Ready for something different? How about a band from Los Angeles that blends Cambodian music and California rock and roll? They’re called Dengue Fever and have a fervent following among hipsters and Cambodian immigrants. At SOUND TRACKS, we can’t get enough of them either. Whether it’s lead singer Chhom Nimol’s haunting voice, their “Twin Peaks” atmospherics, or the band’s dreamy mix of surf guitar, smoking saxophone and psychedelia, Dengue Fever is unique and unforgettable.

 

They are ironic enough to have named themselves after a mosquito-born disease and funny enough to recall groups like the B-52s. But they also have a mission: to resurrect Cambodian music crushed by the Khmer Rouge and re-invent it for the 21st century. They’re cultural ambassadors with a trippy, edgy sound and a new album, “Cannibal Courtship.”

 

Don't miss other Quick Hits starring Charles Bradley & Sharon JonesHelene Grimaud, Jovanotti, KT Tunstall, Meklit Hadero, Ozomatli, and Seu Jorge. For more info visit the Sound Tracks website.

 

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Slideshow: Dengue Fever on Stage

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Our slide show features Dengue Fever on stage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, a setting where the L.A.-based band clearly feels right at home. The photos were taken by Mirissa Neff, who was very busy that night in three roles: interviewer, photographer and warm-up act as DJ Felina. Mirissa’s hazy, brightly colored cell phone images capture the mood of a Dengue Fever concert, which can feel like a strange dream, swirling with burning incense. They can be soothing and hypnotic on one song, hectic and ominous on another with a kind of “Pulp Fiction” undertone.

The band performed songs from their new album, “Cannibal Courtship,” their debut on the Fantasy/Concord Music label.

Dengue Fever’s Website

The Fillmore

Segment presented by Sound Tracks.

All photos by Mirissa Neff, a reporter for Sound Tracks and Quick Hits, as well as an art director, photographer, and professional dj. To see more of her work go to mirissaneff.com.

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