music preview: Shonen Knife and CJ Ramone close out U.S Tour Wednesday June 24 at The Middle East, Cambridge


Shonen Knife


Osaka, Japan’s all female pop-punk band Shonen Knife return for its second U.S. tour in support of its latest release Overdrive [Good Charamel Records]. Songs about ramen noodles, green tea, shopping make it a fun, upbeat album as always. Shonen Knife love happy happy things. The live shows exude positivity and energy tenfold. Vocalist/guitarist Naoko Yamano formed Shonen Knife formed 1981 with her sister bassist Atsuko and another friend.

The line-up has changed a few times in the past 30 years. Atsuko is filling in for bassist Ritsuko who is on maternity leave. After Shonen Knife’s upcoming June US Tour and July’s 712 Day performances in Japan, drummer Emi –who has been with the band since 2010–will leave the band. Emi no longer wants to participate in Shonen Knife’s extensive overseas touring. A replacement drummer will be announced on July 12.


Minna Tanoshiku [1982]
Burning Farm [1983]
Yama-no Attchan [1984]
Pretty Little Baka Guy [1986]
712 [1991]
Let’s Knife [1992]
Rock Animals [1994]
The Birds & the B-Sides [1996]
Brand New Knife [1997]
Happy Hour [1998]
Strawberry Sound [2000]
Heavy Songs [2002]
Candy Rock [2003]
Genki Shock! [2006]
fun! fun! fun! [2007]
Super Group [2008]
Free Time [2010]
Osaka Ramones [2011]
Pop Tune [2012]
Overdrive [2014]

CJ Ramone


Bassist CJ Ramone played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones from 1989 until 1996. He’ll perform solo material in support of his latest release Last Chance to Dance [Fat Wreck Records] as well as some Ramones favorites.

Shonen Knife and CJ Ramone play The Middle East, Cambridge, Mass on Wednesday, June 24

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