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Shonen Knife


Shonen Knife, when written in Japanese, transliterates as "Shonen Naifu," literally “Boy Knife,” is an all-female Japanese pop-punk band formed in Osaka, Japan, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock acts, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs expressing infectious melodies and simplistic, exuberant lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. And more than three decades later, founding member and principal songwriter Naoko is still delivering; their latest album, 2014's "Overdrive," is a nod to '70s hard rock.