You’re privy, once again, to the Austin Music Minute‘s raves about a rock ‘n’ roll legend. But as fans will tell you, it wasn’t just the rock ‘n’ roll, or the fact that they predated both glam and punk. The music is the important thing. However, there’s no denying that the hair, the clothes, the make-up – all of it played an essential role in the ongoing evolution of modern music. The New York Dolls put themselves out there, no apologies, one of the first bands in the early punk rock scene in NYC. One of the founding members was guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, and he stayed on, along with David Johansen, until the band’s demise in 1977.
The good news was, Sylvain wasn’t about to hang up his guitar after the Dolls called it quits. He went on to form other bands and made a name for himself with a solo career. Last summer, Sylvain Sylvain was in town for a huge gig at Hotel Vegas. Needless to say, the venue became ridiculously packed. Thankfully, someone had the foresight to invite him back this month for a series of residency shows. He played last week at Hotel Vegas, and he has two more shows coming up at the same spot, tonight and next Wednesday, and he closes out the residency with a show at Barracuda on Feb. 24th.
Get to Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., early tonight, because there will surely be another full house. The music starts at 9 p.m., and the bill includes sets by The Ugly Beats, Sailor Poon, Growl, and special guest Danny B. Havey of Headcat.
Dude. Seriously. Don’t miss this one. So recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.