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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tonight in Music

posted by on November 7 at 11:22 AM


Dengue Fever, Yogoman Burning Band
(Nectar) Dengue Fever, a raggedy bunch of L.A. hipsters fronted by a sultry Cambodian pop diva, have just finished a documentary chronicling their only tour of vocalist Ch’hom Nimol’s homeland. Guitarist Zac Holtzman recalls poorer, less-Westernized locals watching the band “with huge eyes, almost if we landed on a different planet.” That’s probably because the whirling psychedelia of a Farfisa organ, droning horns, and driving surf guitar combined with Ch’hom’s lush vocals is a far cry from the sentimental pop videos that dominate the televisions of the impoverished country. Blame the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime for killing off Cambodia’s budding rock scene. Thank Dengue Fever for bringing it back. JASON McBRIDE


(Paramount) According to the Washington Post’s recently published “Moby Equation” (a formula for determining the degree to which licensing a song makes its creator a sellout), Feist’s video for “1, 2, 3, 4,” appearing in an iPod ad, isn’t really that serious of a transgression. The client is fairly cool, the song is hardly “sacred,” and Feist’s indie reputation is as nebulous as anyone’s in these postmodern, late-capitalist times. She’s not exactly Bob Dylan rolling around in an Escalade. Besides, that song and especially that video—with its impeccably executed, color-coded modern dance routine—are the shit. Feist’s sound—largely acoustic pop that highlights her ranging, breathy vocals—could come dangerously close to Starbucks counter–adult contemporary, but her songwriting displays a depth and daring that sets her safely apart. ERIC GRANDY

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Feist's live show: not as entertaining as her music videos. Not terrible, mind you, but nothing to get all hot and bothered about.

Posted by Scotto | November 8, 2007 2:12 PM

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