Los Angelesbased Cambodian-pop-via-psych-rock group Dengue Fever are impressive for making sense of their disparate influences. Lead singer Chhom Nimol has a knack for turning her band's drone-y indulgences into catchy, melodic anthems. In turn, her band never lets her poppiness turn saccharine. Their only misstep is when they go for Byrds-like AM rock, and their melodiousness gets the better of them. But when their arty side is on, it's such a delicate balanceand one they have come close to masteringthat to removing just one element could be detrimental
Sat., Jan. 10, 9:30 p.m., 2009
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