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Shonen Knife ready new LP; touring w/ White Mystery (dates)

Shonen Knife at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Shonen Knife

Japanese punks Shonen Knife are teaming up with Chicago duo White Mystery for a US tour this summer. That tour comes to the NYC area for shows at Asbury Lanes on July 20, Bell House on July 21, and Maxwell’s on July 22. Tickets to the Asbury Lanes and Bell House shows and the Maxwell’s show are on sale now.

Shonen Knife are set to release their new album, Pop Tune on June 6 via Good Charamel. Naoko Yamano, the only remaining founder member of the band, sings lead on most of the album, but bassist Ritsuko Taneda sings on “Sunshine” and drummer Emi Morimoto sings on “Psychedelic Life.” The album track, “Osaka Rock City,” will also appear as the theme song to the upcoming Japanese film adaptation of Robin Nishi’s Soul Train Flower. The video for the title track, along the album tracklist, cover art, and a list of all dates, is below.

Shonen Knife – “Pop Tune” Official Video

Pop Tune

Pop Tune Tracklist:
1. Welcome To The Rock Club
2. Pop Tune
3. Osaka Rock City (theme song for Soul Flower Train)
4. All You Can Eat
5. Paper Clip
6. Psychedelic Life
7. Mr. J
8. Ghost Train
9. Sunshine
10. Move On

Shonen Knife — 2012 Tour Dates
7/19 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
7/20 Asbury Park, NJ -Asbury Lanes*
7/21 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
7/22 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells*
7/24 Providence, RI – Providence Social Club*
7/25 Portland, ME – Space Gallery*
7/26 Allston, MA – Great Scotts*
7/27 Rochester, NY -Bug Jar*
7/28 Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
7/29 Bethlehem, PA – Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
7/30 Detroit, MI – Lager House *
7/31 Great Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme*
8/2 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
8/4 Minneapolis, MN – The Entry
8/5 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
8/8 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
8/9 Portland, OR – Dante’s
8/10 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
8/11 San Jose, CA – Blank Club
8/14 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
8/16 Austin, TX – Red 7
8/17 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
8/18 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken
8/19 Nashville, TN – Exit / In*
8/20 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre*
8/21 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
8/22 Toronto, ON – The Quadrangle

* with White Mystery

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