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Sometime around 1994, Japanese kewpie-doll rock trio Shonen Knife disappeared. (OK, the band supposedly made some records, but that doesn’t prove much.) All that exists to explain how they spent the tears from then until now are theories: (1) They were stuffed into Hello Kitty lunch pails and buried alive in a heap of Gummi Bears in hopes of preserving their cuteness. (2) Quentin Tarantino, at the height of his influence, kept them as his house band to be trotted out after viewings of Kinji Fukasaku flicks. (Dear God, who knows what the world’s biggest Asian-festishizer did to those women?) (3) They simply turned into the Powerpuff Girls—not far off for a group that sang of their devotion to Chocobars and ice-cream cities. They did actually contribute to the cartoon’s soundtrack—and aren’t Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup their true heirs apparent, anyway? Find out what became of Shonen Knife—you may even realize that they were more than just cute—when the band plays with Visqueen and the Routineers at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)