Which rabble-rousing rock siren of tonight’s lineup has the most surreal bio: Juliette Lewis (of Juliette and the Licks), Chan Marshall (that’s “Cat Power” to you), or Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders)? Tough to call. Character actress turned frontwoman Lewis has brought life to left-of-sane roles in Scorsese and Stone flicks, emancipated herself from her parents as a teen, and is known for crazy-eyed rage during her brash punk band’s sets. Beautiful Marshall dropped out of high school, confronted her drinking and dating demons during an over-sensationalized stint in a mental hospital, and now enjoys The Greatest Success of her overarching folk-pop career (not to mention shills for Chanel). But Hynde comes out on top, as she has for 30 years: The edgy new-wave punk frontwoman endured too many of her bandmates’ deaths, worked on a rock journo, had a daughter with Ray Davies of the Kinks, dueted with Frank Sinatra, and, well . . . wrote “Back on the Chain Gang” and a new album out soon, only the second Pretenders disc in a decade. The mind reels, the hands clap.
Sun., Aug. 9, 5 p.m., 2009