Ready to feel old? Shonen Knife are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary as a band this year. Boom. Do you see what just happened? A band that your dad would shake his head at with bewilderment and call “weirdo young kid punk” if he heard one chorus of it is thirty. It’s right up there with Nevermind celebrating its twentieth on the list of things that make you want to curl up with a Gameboy and a VHS copy of Jurassic Park and accept that the world has passed you by. Or maybe you should just come see a really fun rock show instead.
Speaking of Nevermind, Shonen Knife’s big claim to fame for most, of course, is that they toured with Nirvana back in the day. I interviewed lead singer Naoko Yamano before MidPoint Music Festival 2010, but had to miss their show because of scheduling conflicts (damn you, MPMF, for having way too much awesome stuff going on year after year!). I can’t wait to see them this year, and hope to see you out there. Here’s a video to whet your appetite.
Also, Cincinnati’s own Weakness is opening. These guys play spazzed-out throaty punk that reminds me of a Les Savy Fav that’s maybe even a little more vicious and desperate. They’re getting some buzz too, with Vice Magazine’s Noisey project giving them a profile recently. You can check that out below. Don’t forget to show up on time and see these guys tear it up.
November 16th, doors @ 8pm, $8
-John Crowell (@terriblesounds)