With Modey Lemon and Kiddo. Thursday, October 23, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Shonen Knife 

With Modey Lemon and Kiddo. Thursday, October 23, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Perhaps no Japanese artist has had as much staying power in -- or gained as much respect from -- the American underground as twee pop auteurs Shonen Knife. Earning a tribute record (1989's Every Band Has a Shonen Knife Who Loves Them, which included Cleveland's Death of Samantha covering "Redd Kross") before they even had a U.S. album, the sisterly pair of Atsuko and Naoko Yamano received indie rock adoration for their idiosyncratic, Ramones-meets-1960s-pop charms.

Unfortunately, cutesy song titles such as "Fruit Loop Dreams" and a sugar-spun cover of the Carpenters' "Top of the World" often unfairly pigeonholed them as a novelty act, and the mainstream never really perceived the band as more than a kitschy alt-rock footnote. Nevertheless, as Shonen Knife tours the U.S. for the first time since 1998, it has much to celebrate. Their synth-punk ode to the tomboyish Powerpuff Girl ("Buttercup [I'm a Super Girl]") was a highlight of the 2000 movie soundtrack and presaged their 2003 Japan-only album Candy Rock and the recent domestic release of last year's Heavy Songs.

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