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Singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano founded the all-female pop-punk band Shonen Knife with her sister and a friend in Osaka in 1981. On early songs like “Twist Barbie,” the group established its modus operandi—speedy Ramones-style rock with lighthearted, goofy lyrics in heavily accented English, with the occasional Japanese phrase. Nearly 30 years later, Naoko is the only remaining original member, but Shonen Knife has maintained the ethos that made the combo a fave of Nirvana and Sonic Youth. On 2010’s Free Time, the band adds to its catalogue of playful, semi-nonsensical tunes with “Monster Jellyfish” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Cake.” The ebullient “P.Y.O. (Pick Your Own)” offers a list of berries worth harvesting, including “coffeeberry, raspberry, Chuck Berry.”
SHONEN KNIFE PERFORMS AT 8:30 P.M. AT THE ROCK & ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625.