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At the Lincoln Theatre on Friday night, the Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde proved she is still that great dichotomy of the woman you’re slightly afraid of and the woman who melts your heart. Never one to mince words in songs as in life, Hynde flipped off an audience member who was taking photos nonstop, blatantly ignoring the personal request she’d posted in the lobby. “I don’t normally talk politics, but this is D.C., right?” she said later on. “I’ve voted three times in my life: McCarthy in 1968, then Obama both times. You don’t agree with me? Go fuck yourself.”

But as Hynde and her band tore though a 23-song set, comprised of Pretenders songs and tracks from her new record, Stockholm, it struck me how her songs of love, lust, and longing always capture the exact essence of those emotions, and how her voice conveys them so honestly. Maybe you don’t agree with Hynde’s political opinions, you can’t help but respect and admire a woman so genuine.

See photos from the show in the gallery.