Thursday, April 8

Shonen Knife – 35 Years of Punk on Display at the DNA


Shonen Knife
DNA Lounge
October 6, 2016

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

Out on the road to celebrate their 35th anniversary, Osaka Japan’s Shonen Knife pulled into the DNA Lounge in San Francisco recently and delivered a 17 song set of pop-punk that sounded just as good now as it did 30 plus years ago. And judging from the smiles of the fans who packed the venue, everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, just like the band.

Shonen Knife

With a discography of over twenty records under their collective belts, a Shonen Knife setlist may be hard to curate, but founding members and sisters Naoko (vocals/guitars) and Atsuko (bass) along with their new drummer Risa wasted no time as they delivered some of their most well known songs, including “Buttercup (I’m a Supergirl),” “Bear Up Bison,” “Twist Barbie,” and “Riding on the Rocket.” They all were clearly enjoying themselves and their energy proved to be quite infectious, as the crowd started pogoing during the encore “E.S.P.”

Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife continue their tour across the states until November 10th, and are definitely not to be missed as they come through your town.

Dirty Ghosts and Control Freaks opened for Shonen Knife.

Check out this slide show of photos by Raymond Ahner of Shonen Knife and the openers:

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Setlist: Pop Tune | Twist Barbie | Bear Up Bison | Jump into the New World | Rock’n’roll T-Shirt | Green Tangerine | Wasabi | Capybara | Whatever | Ghost Train | Loop Di Loop | Like A Cat | Bad Luck Song | Concrete Animals | Riding on the Rocket | Buttercup (I’m A Super Girl) || E.S.P.

For more information on Shonen Knife, check out their website.




About Author

Raymond Ahner, a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California, is the Photography Editor for SF Sonic. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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