When a band sings about hunting mushrooms, it’s usually safe to assume it means the “through the looking glass” variety. But given the frequency with which they sing about food, the members of Shonen Knife were probably just craving some tasty spaghetti alla funghi when they sang about hunting wild mushrooms on 1994’s Rock Animals. After all, who’d want to believe such a sweet, sugary girl-pop group would actually refer to anything remotely subversive? Especially since ice cream and jelly beans are recurring themes in the band’s numerous recordings, which pay homage to the Ramones and ’60s girl groups. Maybe that alleged innocence is what caused Kurt Cobain to fall in love with the group, claiming to literally weep over their performances. Although the band had been steadily plugging away since the early ’80s, it was touring with Nirvana in 1991 that made this side of the world take notice. Shonen Knife performs with the Juliet Dagger and Verona Grove at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960.