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DENGUE FEVER


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With Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group), their fourth album, the Los Angeles based sextet – singer Chhom Nimol, guitarist-singer Zac Holtzman, keyboardist Ethan Holtzman, brass and woodwinds player David Ralicke, drummer Paul Dreux Smith and bassist Senon Gaius Williams – has reached a powerful new plateau, deftly balancing the wide-ranging influences that inform their sound and songs. “Before it was partly Cambodian and partly indie rock,” explains Williams of the band’s evolution. “Now it’s 100 percent both.” From snaking, driving rock (“Cement Slippers,” “Family Business,” “2012,” and the title track) to Cambodian dub psych-groove (“Uku”) and everywhere in between (the bilingual, gear-shifting tour de force “Only a Friend,” the mesmerizing “Mr. Bubbles”), Cannibal Courtship is, like the tropical malady that gave the band its name, wildly catching. Longtime fans will get their required dose of Nimol’s haunting vocals and the band’s other-worldly, mood-swinging musical experimentation on the new disc – their first studio album since 2008’s Venus on Earth – but the group, which produced the set together, has upped the creative ante. The seamless musical chemistry evidenced here is a reminder that the band is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2011. The seed for the project was planted when Ethan Holtzman traveled to Cambodia in 1997; during that trip he fell in love with the country’s take on rock music (Khmer rock as it came to be known) – and saw a friend suffer through the illness that would give Dengue Fever its moniker. He and his brother, who’d also fallen in love with the subgenre entirely on his own when living in San Francisco, assembled the other musicians. But when they heard Nimol, a star in her home country who’d performed for the King and Queen of Cambodia, sing at Long Beach venue the Dragon House, the collective’s sound came together.

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Dengue Fever Surprise Drops New Vinyl Today Photo Dengue Fever Surprise Drops New Vinyl Today
by Abigail Charpentier - January 31, 2020

 Los Angeles based Cambodian and American rock band DENGUE FEVER announced today that they are surprise dropping the extremely limited edition of Dengue Fever 2003-2015 anthology today via Greece's Green Cookie Records. This limited release of only 300 copies (200 black, 100 orange vinyl) is only av...
17-Year-Old Lola Bates Debut Single, Video and 3/29 RED HOT Album Release Photo 17-Year-Old Lola Bates Debut Single, Video and 3/29 RED HOT Album Release
by Tori Hartshorn - January 30, 2019

17-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lola Bates debut album Red Hot is set for release March 29 on Human Made Records. The single ”Red Hot” was released last Friday on all digital platforms and the video release is set for wide release on February 12.  Classically trained pianist ...
LA Phil Kicked Off Centennial Celebration with Open-Streets Festival: Celebrate LA!: Photo LA Phil Kicked Off Centennial Celebration with Open-Streets Festival: Celebrate LA!: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia
by Kaitlin Milligan - October 02, 2018

The Los Angeles Philharmonic kicked off its Centennial celebrations yesterday with an epic, history-making open-streets event: Celebrate LA!: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia presented in partnership with CicLAvia and Community Arts Resources (CARS), and a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil 100 at th...
DANZIG Set to Headline PSYCHO Las Vegas Photo DANZIG Set to Headline PSYCHO Las Vegas
by Macon Prickett - March 27, 2018

The metal-god myth himself Danzig will be joining the already-stacked lineup headed to the desert this August for Psycho Las Vegas. Performing Danzig III: How the Gods Kill in its entirety, this appearance is another addition to Psycho's history of hosting mind-blowing, head-banging headlining perfo...
PSYCHO LAS VEGAS To Return to Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Announces Full 2018 Lin Photo PSYCHO LAS VEGAS To Return to Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Announces Full 2018 Lineup
by Macon Prickett - February 23, 2018

The wait is over: Psycho Las Vegas has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 festival. Featuring black metal legends Dimmu Borgir, the resurgences of The Hellacopters and American Nightmare, industrial heavyweights Godflesh, curveballs Tinariwen and Dengue Fever, and the all-encompassing assemblage of do...
BOMBAY RICKEY To Perform in NYC This March, New Album Out May 18 Photo BOMBAY RICKEY To Perform in NYC This March, New Album Out May 18
by Macon Prickett - February 23, 2018

A collection of sounds that take you on a trip around the world and through time is just the tip of the iceberg when describing Bombay Rickey's newest release Electric Bhairavi. The album is a nod to surf rock, cumbia, Bollywood, and spaghetti-Westerns, and laced with soaring operatic vocals from th...
Bombay Rickey To Release New Album ELECTRIC BHAIRAVI This May Photo Bombay Rickey To Release New Album ELECTRIC BHAIRAVI This May
by Macon Prickett - February 15, 2018

A collection of sounds that take you on a trip around the world and through time is just the tip of the iceberg when describing Bombay Rickey's newest release Electric Bhairavi. The album is a nod to surf rock, cumbia, Bollywood, and spaghetti-Westerns, and laced with soaring operatic vocals from th...
Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, Dengue Fever to Play PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Pre-fest Pool Photo Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, Dengue Fever to Play PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Pre-fest Pool Party
by Tori Hartshorn - January 11, 2018

Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, Dengue Fever to Play PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Pre-fest Pool Party...