Show Preview: Shonen Knife – in Los Angeles, CA – November 1 and 3, 2011

October 19, 2011

Shonen KnifeShonen Knife will be returning to the LA area this November, playing the Echo on Nov 1st, and Alex's bar in Long Beach on Nov 3rd.  The bubbly ladies of this Japanese pop punk trio are currently celebrating 30 years of writing infectiously catchy punk songs about fun, food, and barbie dolls.

Led by guitarist Naoko, they have perfected a sound that pays homage to early punk and surf rock, rolled together with an edgy DIY attitude and their sing along, cutesy style.  Their unique sound has gained them a cult following throughout the world, and they are loved and respected by many other musicians.  They had a large influence on the 90's grunge scene, and were loved by bands such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Red Kross.  Their music has appear in numerous shows and films, including Beavis and Butthead, and the Power Puff Girls.  Shonen Knife's live shows are full of energy, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you dancing.  Be ready for pounding drums and driving bass lines, mixed with fun lyrics and punk rock guitars.  They do an excelling job of staying true to their DIY punk roots, while writing songs that are catchy and one of a kind.

This past July, they released a tribute album to one of their favorite bands, The Ramones.  The album is entitled Osaka Ramones, and features covers of all the hits, including "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "She's the One." 

Opening both shows will be Shannon and the Clams, a bay area trio with a punk rock meets do wop sound.  Lead singer Shannon has a voice that is full of volume and power, reminiscent of a soulful 60's R and B diva. If your looking for a fun filled night with catchy songs that get you moving and grooving then plan on hitting up one of these shows, because you won't be disappointed. 

November 1st- performing with Shannon and the Clams at The Echo in Los Angeles
November 3rd-  performing with Shannon and the Clams, The Dollyrots, and The Bell Haunts at Alex's Bar  in Long Beach


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-Mindiana Jones-

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