Saturday, Oct. 15, at RecordBar
The venerable Japanese pop punk band Shonen Knife headlines the initial installment of a fledgling series of miniature music festivals at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, on Saturday.
Sound Machine, an offshoot of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, is organized by Nathan Reusch of the Kansas City label The Record Machine. The monthly event will provide a forum for up-and-coming local talent as well as international artists. Reusch suggests that he intends to “create something interesting and something that isn’t happening on the regular.”
Every appearance by Shonen Knife (11 p.m.) is intensely engaging and highly irregular. Formed 35 years ago in Osaka, the trio summarized its aesthetic in a self-titled song: “ultra-eccentric-super-cult-punk-pop-band.” The leading exponent of cuddlecore, Shonen Knife is the flesh-and-blood equivalent of curious Japanese pop culture phenomena such as Pokémon.
Darsombra (7:15 p.m.), a self-described “trans-apocalyptic galaxy rock” ensemble from Baltimore that favors extended drones, and Leggy (8 p.m.), a gaudy punk trio from Cincinnati, share the lineup with six locally based acts. They include the Philistines (9:55 p.m.), a band that kicks up psychedelic whirlwinds, the noisy rock pranksters Drop a Grand (5:50 p.m.) and the gutter punk duo Macemouth (4:30 p.m.).
Westerners (8:50 p.m.), Psychic Heat (6:30 p.m.) and Weyward Sister (5:10 p.m.) will also perform.
Sound Machine will resume at RecordBar on Nov. 11 with performances by artists including the Detroit duo Valley Hush.