The Pretenders

Worship at the altar of Chrissie Hynde. Among the heroes and legends who cross from an old era to the present, the woman has done it all: from almost starting a group with Joe Strummer (who went on to start his own, sort of influential band, ahem, the Clash), to being a writer for New Musical Express, to the Akron native's eventual joining up with the other Brit Pretenders. The band took all the best parts of punk, new wave, and Hynde's own splash of girl-group-influenced rock 'n' roll and turned it into a highly influential, successful sound. Despite a changing array of band members, last year's Break Up the Concrete was a great record, and it leaves one looking forward to hearing the new songs alongside the classics when they come to town to play First Avenue. With Southern-fried Garage rockers American Bang. 18+.
Fri., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., 2009

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