Twist and shout in the New Year exotically, strangely, excitefully! with Dengue Fever, whose righteous mishmash of the dislocatedly rocking musical fetishes of Cambodia circa early '70s will make you happy. The L.A.-based band's deftly modernized take on lovey-dovey lounge pop, skanky surf-spy, gnarly garage and whimsical psychedelia features Cambodian thrush Chhom Nagol's enchanting, birdlike warbles and founders Ethan and Zac Holtzman on wicked Farfisa organ, cheap-o synth and some real, real greasy Strats a sound remarkably faithful to the stuff the Holtzman Bros. found on decomposing old cassettes in the moldy back corners of fish markets in Phnom Penh. The band's been on a long roll this year, hot off the glory of their third and best album, Venus on Earth (M80 Music), and recently released a DVD documentary film, Mi>Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, that follows Dengue to Cambodia in 2005, when they became the first Western band to perform Khmer Rock since the fall of the Khmer Rouge.
Thu., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., 2009