On the transcontinental love song, Tiger Phone Card, the Cambodian woman lives in Phnom Penh and the American man in New York City. The lyrics are simple. Each short verse sung by the man alternates with another by the woman and then a chorus where both sing it together. It’s simple, cute and catchy. And it is the song that hooked me to Dengue Fever, a Los Angeles-based band that combines Cambodian popular music with indie garage rock. The singer, Chhom Nimol, is a diminutive Cambodian, while the five other musicians, including two brothers, Zac and Ethan Holtzman, are American.

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