Shonen Knife

Saturday, December 15

More than 25 years into a singularly surreal career that's seen them evolve from a trio of Osaka office workers to an indie-rock avatar, Japan's Shonen Knife show no signs of slowing down. They just released their 14th studio album, Fun! Fun! Fun!, and are now in the middle of their umpteenth U.S. tour. "Nick Lowe, Costello, Beatles/Redd Kross, Ramones, Buzzcocks/Shonen Knife is a cult band!" singer-guitarist Naoko Yamano chirped on "Shonen Knife"—the opening track on 712, the 1991 album that served as an intro to most stateside music fans. Like the four misfits they sang about in "Ramones Forever," Shonen Knife haven't altered their formula over the years, nor called it quits despite several lineup changes. Drummer-turned-bassist Atsuko Yamano (Naoko's sister) retired last year, but she's back on board for this tour, along with drummer Etsuko Nakanishi, who's been playing with the group since 2003. Here's your chance to pogo to three-chord ditties about Fruit Loops, rockets, and Barbie dolls. With the Juliet Dagger and Verona Grove.

Listen to a sample of Shonen Knife.

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Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., 2007

 
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