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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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TOUR NEWS: original Shonen Knife bassist Atsuko returns for U.S. tour


Japan’s fabulous all-female pop punk band Shonen Knife’s bassist Ritsuko announced her maternity leave from the band this week: “I have a baby on the way!!! Am I following similar “got pregnant stories” frequently made public recently in the gossip columns? No!! Mine is the real happy love story!! I am very happy now, even though I will miss the upcoming North American tour. I am grateful to Atsuko-san for rejoining Shonen Knife in the upcoming tour.”

Shonen Knife will be doing a US tour in June w/ CJ Ramone in the Midwest and East Coast and original member Atsuko (who is also the younger sister of lead vocalist/guitarist Naoko) will fill in for the band on these US dates. The tour kicks off in Buffalo, NY and winds up in Cambridge, Mass at The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub.


6/3 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room (SK Only)

6/4 Cleveland, OH – The Happy Dog (SK Only)

6/5 Sandusky, OH – Collosalcon14, Kalahari Resort (SK Only)

6/6 Columbus OH – Ace of Cups

6/7 Chicago IL – Bottom Lounge

6/9 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club

6/10 St Paul MN – Amsterdam Bar and Grill

6/11 Lincoln NE – Vega

6/13 Nashville, TN – Mercury Lounge

6/14 Atlanta GA – HELL at The Masquerade

6/16 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

6/17 Louisville, KY – The New Vintage

6/18 Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater

6/19 Baltimore MD – The Metro Gallery

6/20 LongBranch, NJ – Brighton Bar

6/21 Philadelphia, PA – Black Box in Underground Arts

6/22 NY, NY – Le Poisson Rouge

6/23 Hamden CT – The Space Ballroom

6/24 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs

purchase at Amazon: Overdrive


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STEELE PICKS: Favorite Shows of 2014

Suzanne Vega at The Sinclair–May 30
–I’ll see Suzanne Vega peform anytime, anywhere. She’s magnificent.


Field Mouse/Wild Ones at Great Scott– August 10
–love this band’s new album. outstanding high energy cool live set.

source: Brooklyn Vegan

source: Brooklyn Vegan

Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey, Katrina and the Waves and Midge Ure, Wilbur Theatre– August 24
–nostalgic fun that took me back to high school. I remembered the songs even though I’d not heard them in years. Did not love this venue.

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

Shonen Knife at Middle East Upstairs– September 5
–quirky songs, spunky women and frenetic set.


Lykke Li at House of Blues– October 3
–emotional, dark, theatrical. visually stunning sets. everything I expected and more.

source: boston

source: boston

WMBR Anniversary Show #9 with Orangutang at Middle East– October 4
–saw numerous Orangutang shows in the 90s and these guys are supremely talented and the set was perfection.

Dave Steele/ source: daykampmusic

Dave Steele/ source: daykampmusic

The Paperhead at Middle East– October 27
–what a cool band with a laid-back retro vibe. wonderful set.


High Highs (with Avi Buffalo) at Great Scott– November 8
–electronic. sweet. slightly charming.

source: Brooklyn Vegan

source: Brooklyn Vegan

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IN THE REALM: BEST MUSIC of 2014 [so far]


Field Mouse, Hold Still Life
–dreamy pop that I play over and over.


Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business
–every word. every note. every sentiment. all in.


Lykke Li, I Never Learn
–beautiful, thoughtful.


Beck, Morning Phase
–I’m into mellow Beck.


Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
–I’ve adored every Damon Albarn project since I discovered Blur. this one’s personal and quite lovely.


Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
–didn’t expect to like this. what a talent. soulful, bluesy folk.


Jack White, Lazaretto
–intriguing, sexy. amazing arrangements.


Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm
–not even a Pretenders fan and this is aces. potent vocals. kicky beat.


Dum Dum Girls, Too True
–dark gorgeousness.


Shonen Knife, Overdrive
–energetic fun.


Megafauna, Maximalist
–unique, edgy garage-rock.


Snowbird, Moon
–swirly, magical.

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Japan’s Shonen Knife are back with a new album Overdrive [Good Charamel]. Upbeat, punk-pop fervor, The album’s so much fun. Happy happy songs about shopping, Ramen noodles, cats, green tea and robots. All quite Japanese and sublime. A North American tour starts in Philadelphia on September 11 and includes dates in Iowa, Cambridge, Mass., Pittsburgh, Durham, Baton Rouge, San Francisco and St. Louis.


9/11 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts: Black Box

9/12 Brooklyn, NY The Wick

9/13 Buffalo, NY Music is Art Festival (Delaware Park)

9/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom

9/16 St. Paul, MN The Turf Club

9/17 Iowa City, IA The Mill

9/18 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge

9/19 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick

9/20 Toronto, ON The Silver Dollar

9/22 Cambridge, MA The Middle East

9/24 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar

9/25 Durham, NC The Pinhook

9/27 Atlanta, GA 529

9/28 Atlanta, GA Anime Weekend Atlanta

9/30 Baton Rouge, LA Mud and Water

10/01 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s

10/02 Dallas, TX Club DADA

10/03 Austin, TX Red 7

10/06 Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher

10/07 San Diego, CA The Casbah

10/08 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater

10/10 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

10/11 Portland, OR Dante’s

10/12 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern

10/14 Boise, ID Neutrolux

10/15 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

10/16 Denver, CO Oriental Theater

10/17 Kansas City, KS Record Bar

10/18 St.Louis, MO The Firebird

10/20 Pittsburgh, PA 3st Street Pub

10/21 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint

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