Monday, October 6, 2008

Pretenders / NY Times

BACKSTAGE at the 23rd annual Farm Aid concert, the sound of Kenny Chesney’s voice filled the air. Chrissie Hynde cursed at her cellphone, pulled off her boots and curled up on a couch, following a sundown set by the latest configuration of her band, the Pretenders.

In typically ornery fashion, the majority of songs they performed came from an album that was weeks away from reaching stores: “Break Up the Concrete,” the first Pretenders album in six years (which will be released on Tuesday on Shangri-La Music; that night, the band will perform at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan). (continue at