Sylvain Sylvain is best-known for his work with the seminal punk band the New York Dolls. Syl, as he was known, is back and touring solo to support his new album, "Sleep Baby Dolls." The Dolls influenced a generation of rockers, including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who called them "revolutionary. Sylvain Sylvain is a great American original." Sylvain makes a rare local appearance tonight at 11 in the Continental, 212 Franklin St. Bop Dead opens the show, and local rockers Dollywatcher, with Terry Sullivan, are also on the bill.
SCENE'S BIG FIVE
1. Commander Cody: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. The old Commander broke through in the late '60s with the hit single "Hot Rod Lincoln." Now the Cody crew is back on tour and still rocking with his band, the Lost Planet Airmen.
2. Incubus: Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Showplace, 1063 Grant St. Incubus records for Immortal/Epic Records and fuses thrash, rock, jazz and hip-hop sounds.
3. Babaloo: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Babaloo is a seven-piece band with a wacky style that includes everything from punk to mambo.
4. Bob Margolian: Tonight at 10 in the Lafayette Tap Room, 320 Pearl St. Slide guitar blues master who once played with Muddy Waters' band.
5. Rob Falgiano: Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Central Park Grill, 2519 Main St. Falgiano, of Plaster Sandals, holds a release party for his new solo CD, "Down the Long Lonely."
BIG BEAT STORY OF THE WEEK
Is Lollapalooza dead? The one-time king of alternative music festivals is in doubt for the summer season, Billboard reports. Lollapalooza, which was started by Perry Farell during the early '90s, does not have a headline act, and that's why it may close shop this summer. Such acts as Green Day, Foo Fighters and Marilyn Manson reportedly have turned down the headline spot. Despite lack of interest, a source indicates there is about a "60-40" chance Lollapalooza will return, perhaps at a smaller scale than in the past. Lollapalooza may have problems, but Lilith Fair is going strong. The women's music festival will start a national tour on June 19.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Ani DiFranco will play Artpark on June 18. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon at Fantastix outlets and Tops Markets. . . . Metallica will play Darien Lake Performing Arts Center July 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday. . . .Jerry Springer is hot. The gross-out talk show host appeared on MTV's spring break special. . . . Congratulations to John Connelly of the band Switch. John and wife Nicole are the proud parents of a daughter, Christie Rose, born March 2. . . . Ozone, from Rochester, plays original music tonight at 10 in the Star Bar, 414 Pearl St. . . . A "band-to-band combat" gig starts Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Tralf, 100 Theater Place. The lineup includes Johny Vegas, the Pine Dogs, the Need and Nancy's Candy. . . . Top 10, March 27, 1992: "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred.
Jazz master Herbie Mann appears tonight at 8 in the Tralf. Leftover Salmon combines Cajun and rock sounds Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Tralf. . . . Ex-mop-top Ringo Starr's album is due out this summer. . . . Upcoming tours: Janet Jackson, Amy Grant, Boyz II Men and, in 1999, possibly Will Smith and the queen herself, Barbra Streisand. . . . Oui 73 plays original music Saturday at 11 p.m. in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "That's my theme song, 'Stayin' Alive' "? Was it John Travolta, the Bee Gees orSaxman Big Bill Clinton? Answer: Mr. President. . . . Pop rockers Track Star play Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . Mike Meldrum headlines a night of songwriting and poetry Thursday at 8 p.m. in Nietzsche's. Mudtown Rudy plays Nietzsche's tonight at 11. . . . Top 10, March 27, 1985: "Material Girl" by Madonna.
The Buffalo Music Collective celebrates its second anniversary Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Breckenridge Brewery, 623 Main St. Slapp the Cat will perform. . . . 10,000 Maniacs will give an acoustic concert Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Fredonia Opera House. For information, call 679-1891. . . . Need a cheap guitar? Try the Musicians Flea Market Sunday starting at 10 a.m. in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road. . . . Check it out: One of Scene's all-time favorite '60s garage bands, the Trashmen, has a four-CD set out on Rhino Records, which of course features the group's big hit, "Surfin' Bird." . . . Local bands Slapp the Cat and the Electric Bushmen will perform at a showcase at the Undercurrents music festival in May in Cleveland. . . . Top 10, March 27, 1965: "This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Iggy Pop: "I'm sick of keeping quiet/And I am a wild boy/And if I have to die here/First I'm gonna make some noise/The scene is fascinating/And everything's for free/Till you wind up in some bathroom/Overdosed and on your knees."