Going to see the New York Dolls is an odd proposition. On one level, its hard to deny the importance of a band so central to the legacy of rock and roll, and punk music in particular. Their genre and gender bending brand of heavy hitting raunch rock is still vital, even if its shock appeal has waned with the years. On the other hand, you cant actually see the New York Dolls. The debauchery and hard living that fueled the Dolls creative fire has also helped to snuff out all but two of the remaining members, so all youre getting these days is Syl Sylvain and David Johnasen. While they might not match the Dolls original swagger step for step, they do an amazing job of keeping the spirit alive, with a strong fuck-off vibe and plenty of sloppy riffs and concrete jungle menace. While it may not be the same as the New York Dolls of Manhattan in the 70s, its a fair bet that they still do what they do better than anyone else.
Wed., May 27, 7:30 p.m., 2009