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The members of the New York Dolls shocked with their looks and pushed the almost-mythical excesses of the rock lifestyle to almost-mythical proportions. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when the band imploded. After the Dolls fell apart in 1975, Johnny Thunders continued testing the limits of sex, drugs, and (every so often) rock ‘n’ roll, first with the Heartbreakers and then as a solo artist. David Johansen changed his name to Buster Poindexter and became a sort of nightclub singer. And Sylvain Sylvain played on a couple of forgettable records in the early ’80s, then disappeared. At least until the late ’90s, when the former Dolls guitarist re-emerged at the head of a band playing a brand of rock (and plying an image) very similar to what his infamous former band pioneered in its prime. And though Sylvain is certainly making an effort, it remains to be seen if he can still rock. Find out when he and his band play with Red Planet and the Screws at 10 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 588-9118. (Jacob Long)