The Pretenders


Nobody can accuse Chrissie Hynde of not being passionate, whether it's playing distinctive rock with the Pretenders, which she's been leading for some three decades, or sticking with her principles, which prompted this show's venue switch from the Minnesota Zoo to First Avenue. In case you were out chewing your cud and missed the flap, Hynde objected when she found out many of the animals on the zoo's farmstead were destined for somebody's lunch plate at the end of the summer. Anyway, Hynde and the Pretenders are riding high these days on the strength of last year's Break Up the Concrete, a comeback album of sorts rife with that classic Hynde passion as well as a more prominent dose of Americana spread throughout the songs. Expect a heavy dose of Concrete plus Pretenders nuggets stretching all the way back to "Brass in Pockets." There'll be a couple of potent openers: Cat Power, who offers a tasty Southern-fried mix of rock, soul, country, and pop; and Juliette Lewis, the veteran film actress turned rocker.
Wed., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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