Shonen Knife had been preaching the puke-cute punk gospel for a good decade before Kurt Cobain started wearing their T-shirts. Members have come and gone over the years, but this button-adorable Japanese pop group's modus operandi remains (blessedly) unchanged. And who can blame them? If your forte is writing crisp, diamond-hard three-chord songs about concrete animals that come to life and rocket trips and scarfing down chocolate and secretly being a cat, why fix what isn't broken? Earlier this year, they cut a cover album titled Osaka Ramones, which pretty much says it all. With Heavy Cream and the Blind Shake. 18+.
Fri., Nov. 11, 9 p.m., 2011