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You think you’ve got troubles with a significant other in, say, Brooklyn? Dengue Fever knows what a long-distance relationship is really like: “You live in Phnom Penh,” sings guitarist Zac Holtzman in “Tiger Phone Card.” “You live in New York City,” replies singer Chhom Nimol, and a tale of drunken phone calls, late-night e-mails, and racking up ungodly numbers of frequent-flyer miles ensues. It’s one of the easiest of the Los Angeles group’s songs to get into, since Nimol usually sings in her native Khmer; an already successful singer at home, she moved east and joined the group formed by Holtzman and his brother Eric, alt-country types who’d grown enchanted with the snaky sounds of Cambodian pop, which in Dengue Fever’s hands, anyway, sounds a bit like the soundtrack for a Bollywood James Bond knockoff. Whether you can understand her lyrics or not, Nimol’s instrument conveys emotion as fluidly as the band’s American members sidestep being mere kitsch—not an easy thing to do when you’ve got a Farfisa organ in the band. Dengue Fever performs with Exit Clov and Cordero at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. (202) 667-7960. —Andrew Beaujon