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Considering the Pretenders have been around for nearly three decades and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, Pirate Radio, the career-spanning box set Rhino released back in March, might've seemed a tad overdue. But front woman Chrissie Hynde, the one constant in the band's ever shifting lineup, has always been about modesty and understatement: in an interview with Billboard earlier this year she said her only ambitions in life were to have fun and not wind up waitressing in Akron. The last few Pretenders records have been too full of breezy balladry to stand up next to the best of the group's early work, but they haven't been altogether bad, either. And despite being old enough to join the AARP, Hynde, with those vision-obscuring black bangs and that smoky voice, is still very much the same attitudinal punk she was in 1978, equipped with enough cocksure swagger to put the Stones out of business. a 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212, $43. A

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