Shonen Knife, Dressy Bessy, The Shadow Event

tickets on sale starting August 2 at Jerry's Records (Sq Hill), Clothes Minded (Bloomfield), Govt Center (N Side), Dave's Music Mine (S Side) and Caliban Books (Oakland), and online at Brown Paper Tickets

the return of Japanese indie garage-pop-punk legends
Shonen Knife

with Dressy Bessy from Denver, CO on Yep Roc/Burger

and The Shadow Event

Since their pure DIY beginnings in 1981...Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of music enthusiasts and the alternative rock elite. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Their relentless journey secured the band’s place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage.

The band features original members (and sisters) Naoko on vocals and guitar, and Atsuko on bass and vocals...and introduces their newest member, Risa, on drums and vocals. In 2019 the trio charges ahead towards their 4th decade of international
touring and recording with their 19th studio release “Sweet Candy Power” on Good Charamel Records in North America and Europe.

Naoko describes the “Sweet Candy Power” album:

“This album is homage to my favorite 1960’s and 1970’s rock music. Also I put all of enjoyment, entertainment, joyful and delightful from me into songs. Inspired by my experience during tours and my daily life, I wrote lyrics with fun and a little bit of ironical viewpoint. I hope people get happy through this album."

“Sweet Candy Power” features 10 brand new songs including the first single/video “Dizzy” and the title track “Sweet Candy Power”.

Shonen Knife continues to tour worldwide. Over the years, they shared the stage with bands such as Nirvana, Redd Kross and Sonic Youth, offering performances at London’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fuji Rock Festival, Pop Montreal and Lollapalooza. In support of their newest release, the girls will be touring in Europe in May/June, including the Primavera Sound festival, and embark on a 2019 North American tour this fall.


Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado led by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Tammy Ealom. The band is associated with the Elephant Six Recording Company and shares guitarist John Hill with The Apples in Stereo.

Dressy Bessy's first full-length release Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons (1999) was a mixture of beat group drums, infectious songs, and the odd burst of harmonium. Further releases included California EP (2000), Sound Go Round (2002), and 2003's Dressy Bessy, which incorporated a harder guitar sound. These albums were initially released on Kindercore Records of Athens, Georgia.

In 2005, the band signed to Transdreamer Records and recorded their fourth album, Electrified. The band released Holler and Stomp in 2008. Dressy Bessy released Kingsized on Yep Roc Records (CD, LP) and Burger Records (CS) in 2016, and their latest album is released on Yep Roc and Burger in 2019.