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Concert Fri Sep 15 2006

A Fever that You Want to Catch

Dengue Fever is a show within a band, not just band that puts on a show. Each band member has a unique talent and aesthetic that they bring to the table, creating a plate of sounds and images that is something straight out of the past. Think Apocalypse Now meets Dick Dale. Dengue Fever's specialty is traditional Cambodian 1960's Vietnam era influenced surf rock (that's a mouthful), which has captured the attention of the indie and punk scenes of Echo Park in Los Angeles.

Dengue Fever formed from the crossings of a rockabilly band called Jump with Joey, students from Humboldt State College in Northern California, old childhood friends, a pair of brothers and a flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Long Beach, CA. With that flight Dengue Fever gained their secret weapon - Nimol. Lead singer and Cambodian celebrity, Nimol brought a powerful package of an amazing vocal range and a fine-tuned ear all in a petite five-foot frame. She doesn't need a microphone, and frequently never has to strain over the backing of a full-band and the din created from the six-foot-six inch tall bass player, Senon. This contrast just adds to the eclectic feel and psychedelic sound that is booming from the stage. Are you really experiencing this? You are.
Since this is the case, keep an ear out for the song "Tip My Canoe" from their record Escape From Dragon House which has such a memorable melody, you’ll try your best to sing along, but unless you speak Khmer, you might not get the words exactly right.

Now with a push from M80 and The Birdman Record Group, Dengue Fever is part of the this week and is infecting the airwaves, one club at a time.

Dengue Fever is playing tonight at The Empty Bottle with Otto and Serena Maneesh. The show is at 10:00 PM, and tix are $10.00 in advance/$12.00 at the door.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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