September 01, 2006

Dengue Fever, 12 Galaxies, SF, 8/31/06.

Note to self: When Chhom Nimol herself, the lead singer of the coolest band in America (Dengue Fever, of course), personally turns the mic towards you so you can sing along to the chorus of Ros Serey Sethea's "I'm Only Sixteen," you better know the lyrics. I, the only Asian-looking person front and center, couldn't speak a word of Khmer, so I could only muster an embarrassed shake of the head. I turned her down twice.

What can I say -- yet another fantastic (if truncated*) set from Dengue Fever in an oddly half-empty club. It was, at least, a great opportunity to see them up close (with my friend Jesse). Not as much clowning around as before, and no audience members dancing on stage this time, but still a great show. (Marc & The Casuals opened -- caught the last few songs, with Bacharach and what sounded like the Breakestra -- along with The Devilettes.)

*For the encore they went straight to "Ethanopium" and "I'm Only Sixteen" instead.

Posted by the wily filipino at September 1, 2006 01:28 AM

It was a RAD show, thanks for dragging me along! Here are the pics...

and yes you best learn some lyrics for next time... I so knew she was going to do that!

Posted by: Jesse! on September 1, 2006 11:41 AM

Half empty shows are the best! Perhaps the fad waned a bit in SF after the free-press media frenzy? Psssst...I'm soon to be a college reggae broadcaster...listen to my show online in the near future.

Posted by: brown on September 1, 2006 12:45 PM
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