I thought you might like to know that Shonen Knife's latest album, Pop Tune, comes out on 6/6/2012. They are planning a North American tour in association with this record, and they have released their tour dates.
Here they are:
Shonen Knife 2012 North American 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
8-12 So Cal. - TBD
8-13 So Cal - TBD
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 / Hart House
* w/ opening band White Mystery
If you can manage, I highly recommend you attend. I haven't seen them for several years and unfortunately I don't think I can make any of these dates as they are all too far away from me. However I did see them at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland several years ago, so I can recommend that venue as being pretty good.
Anyway, make sure you pre-order or pick up a copy of Pop Tune when it comes out (there will probably be a Japanese, English, and possibly special UK edition), so make sure you collect them all! Haha.
Anyway, yay Shonen Knife!