Only gravelly voice frontman David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain remain from the original New York Dolls, but the two have forged ahead with a reconstructed lineup, miraculously recapturing most of the vamp and bombast of their early days. They also recently announced that Todd Rudgren would produce their next album, 35 years after producing their debut namesake album that more or less founded punk rock. Expect a considerable age gap among the crowd tonight: Original fans—like Morrissey, who coaxed them into reuniting in 2004 after nearly three decades defunct—are still taken with the outrageous, goofy boys from Staten Island who lined their eyes, had aerodynamic hair, and were irresistibly defiant. With the Dirty Pearls.
Sat., Dec. 27, 9 p.m., 2008