When: Thu., Aug. 2, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Anyone inclined to nostalgia will find a rare flavor of it in Pop Tune (Good Charamel), the 18th album by all-female Japanese power-pop trio Shonen Knife: the kind where time just isn't a factor at all. The 31-year-old band won hearts in the 80s and 90s (Kurt Cobain was a fanboy) with reliable, Ramones-ish rock spiked with athletic playfulness and girlish exuberance—and they've maintained that drive ever since. The lone remaining founding member, guitarist-vocalist Naoko Yamono, still sounds impossibly energetic—ironically it's the band's much younger drummer, Emi Morimoto, who comes across a bit sardonic and world-weary on her one lead-vocal turn, "Psychedelic Life." As a whole the album is more solid than giddy, but it's impossible to listen to this stuff for long without smiling (much less play it). Nobody would actually want eternal youth if she really thought about it, but a few decades of it isn't such a bad deal. —Monica Kendrick White Mystery and Rambos open.