Rock & Pop

Dengue Fever

When: Fri., Jan. 8, 9 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 12, 8 p.m. 2010

Dengue Fever's psychedelic take on the Cambodian rock music of the Sixties produces one of the most distinctive sounds in modern music. The American members of the Los Angeles-based band all fell in love with Cambodian music on their own, but when they began collaborating with the Cambodian singer Ch'homNimol, who was already a major star in Cambodia, their music achieved a new level of complexity. The Cambodian scales and Nimol's vocal improvisations are slightly dissonant to Western ears, but the band's funky, pounding, jazz-influenced garage-band grunge keeps the music accessible and highly danceable. Dengue Fever playsFriday, Jan. 8, at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $18.

j. poet

Price: $18

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