RED BANK: ALARMS SHUT OFFICE BUILDING

The building, seen here in 2016, abuts the Red Bank train station. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A large Red Bank office building was closed to employees for the second consecutive day Wednesday over concerns about carbon monoxide.

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RED BANK: HYNDESIGHT AND FORWARD LOOKS

a-chrissieChrissie Hynde and her band take it to the Basie boards on Sunday, for a recreation of the first PRETENDERS album and a full review of her new release, STOCKHOLM.

When she emerged — out of London, by way of Akron — as frontwoman and driving force of The Pretenders in 1979, Chrissie Hynde had already been something of a best-kept-secret player on the nascent Punk scene for several years. And by the time the band’s debut album was released to trans-Atlantic acclaim later that year, it was evident that — maybe more than anyone else — the American expat would fulfill the mission of the New Wave: to take back The Rock from ponderous album/arena bands, and make the world safe for smart, sweet, savvy singles once more.

When the Hall of Fame rocker rolls into Red Bank’s Count Basie this Sunday, November 2, she’ll be doing the elder-stateswoman thing of summoning past glories, in the process of moving forward with some of her freshest new music in years. Billed as the artist’s first-ever solo tour, it’s a full-band affair that finds Hynde performing a lip-to-label spin through that 1979 Pretenders LP; its fab 45s and deep-cut classics (“Brass in Pocket,” “Kid,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Mystery Achievement,” “Precious”) — in addition to a crash course in her new release, Stockholm.

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