30 years and 7,053 miles away: Shonen Knife opens nostalgic wounds

If you’re much of an otaku like me, you’ll know that both anime and J-punk weren’t just a ‘90s phenomenon. Along with early Hayao Miyazaki films, and Dragon Ball Z, Shonen Knife, the early ‘80s were full of epic Japanese pop-culture.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe energy of Shonen Knife is still apparent after all of these years. 

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While the more recent aspects of DBZ fall short to the original, Shonen Knife’s current tour is beyond a nostalgic romp.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsYou can still see them on tour, but you missed out on an intimate moment at Snug Harbor, where the band is within hugging distance.

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The newest album is entitled Adventure, and the trio donned a space-aspect for this release.

This is my favorite track from the album, “Jump Into The New World”, calls to fans who may be stuck in the past of their music and maybe stuck in nostalgia: “don’t be afraid,” and “you only get one life!”

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On this stop at Snug Harbor, locals Shadowgraph opened the night up with some full, dreamy, pop-psy. See their Bandcamp here.

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Even though you can’t tell, there are sometimes six members in this band. No wonder they’re smooshed together on stage.

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Click here to view the entire gallery!

So we decided to get a new look at this classic group, and we suggest you all do the same at the tour dates below!

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Date Venue Location Tickets
Oct 26 The Pinhook Durham, NC Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 27 Strange Matter Richmond, VA Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 28 Ottobar Baltimore, MD Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 29 Milkboy Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 31 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 03 Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 04 Buffalo’s Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 05 The Haunt Ithaca, NY Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 08 Parlor Bar & Kitchen Newport, RI Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 09 Middle East Cambridge, MA Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 10 The Brighton Bar Long Branch, NJ Tickets RSVP Share
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