EASTERN BEAT

More terribly cool L.A.-ers invade

Whether in English or Khmer (Cambodian), the glamour of Dengue Fever more than translates (the comparison against more than the mosquito-based virus of origin, mind you). The Los Angeles–based rockers blend jangling Indochina rock, gyrating Afro-pop beats, and a strong current of SoCal surf-rock and blaring brass swing into new disc Cannibal Courtship, their first since 2008's stellar Venus on Earth. Former Cambodian pop star Chhom Nimol leads the charge, again, albeit to less dangerous territory than the past: In 2005, Dengue Fever made history as the first Westerners to tour Cambodia since Pol Pot's gory regime. The confidence is still palpable. With the Eternals and Minerva Lions.
Fri., June 10, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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