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Pop-Punk Legends Shonen Knife Announce their 1,000th Show
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All-girl punk band Shonen Knife plans their 1,000 performance in September as part of their 2014 North American Tour. Image courtesy Earshot Media.

Awesome girl teams seem come in trios.

The Cartoon Network’s Power Puff Girls, Gotham City’s Birds of Prey, and Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife.

Next month, the legendary pop and punk band will celebrate more than 30 years performing, with a landmark 1,000 show, as part of their 2014 North American Tour.

The tour, supporting their latest album, Overdrive, kicks off September 11 in Philadelphia, with the 1,000th performance to be held September 16, at The Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Image courtesy Earshot Media

The group plans to make this commemorative performance special and is taking requests for this show via their Facebook and Twitter pages. Original Shonen Knife member, Atsuko, sister to current lead singer and the only performing original member Naoko, will also make an appearance.

The Overdrive tour has already been a success in Europe and Japan, but the band’s Anime-inspired look, catchy pop punk beats, and decidedly un-punk lyrics (including songs about outer space, sweets, and even cats), has made them a cult favorite with North American audiences. Their fan base has included alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth and Nirvana.

The band’s official 30th Anniversary celebration was in 2011, and marked by the release of their Osaka Ramones: Tribute to The Ramones album.

North American dates include the Music is Art Festival in Buffalo, New York, and Anime Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out their full tour schedule on their official tour blog.

Lisa Tate

Lisa Kay Tate is a veteran feature writer with 20 years experience in newspaper, magazine and freelance writing. In addition to serving as Associate Editor for her local arts and entertainment guide, El Paso Scene, she has been a regular contributor to the site ihogeek.com and maintains her own blogsite at lisathegeekmom.wordpress.com. She, along with her husband, writer/photographer Rick, run the new family-based site, Minion Feeding 101. She and Rick live on the edge of "New Texico" where they keep busy raising their two geeklings and sharing space with their dog, Sirius Black, and cat, Loki.

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