If there is a more fun band on this planet made up of Japanese women rocking out Ramones-style on songs about candy bars, bison, vegetables and big cats, I haven't found it. And frankly, neither has anyone else, which is why what began as a fun way to escape the boredom of the corporate world in 1981 has become one of rock's most beloved cult acts three decades later. It didn't hurt that fans like Nirvana (who took them on tour) and Sonic Youth (who put together the popular tribute album Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them) exposed them to bigger and bigger audiences over the years. The group has had some different members, but Naoko Yamano is still its leader. Live, they rock like they're in an arena no matter what size the club, windmilling heavy riffs and crossing guitar necks on anthems like "Cobra vs. Mongoose." And with the song "Ramones Forever" on their last album, they made it clear that they'll always stay true to their musical mission. - Steve Palopoli, sanjose.com
Doors open at 9pm. Ages 21 and up.