New York Dolls, Green Day Headed for Houston

Good news if you're into punk rock, whether you think it was invented by Iggy Pop or Kurt Cobain. Platform-heeled glamour boys the New York Dolls, a direct and deep influence on everyone from the Ramones to Motley Crue - and, lest we forget, former NYD fan-club president Morrissey - are coming to House of Blues June 4.

The Dolls' 1973 self-titled album (produced, believe it or not, by Todd Rundgren) is one of the forgotten touchstones of '70s rock; without it, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and just about everyone who ever set foot in CBGBs would have sounded a lot different. Most people have heard "Personality Crisis" at this point, but don't forget about "Looking for a Kiss," "Jet Boy" or Bo Diddley cover "Pills."

Meanwhile, the first punk-rock band to go platinum and keep its credibility intact, Green Day, announced their summer tour will breeze through Houston August 8. No venue has been announced yet, but they're not exactly big fans of the outdoors, so we're probably talking about Reliant Arena or, if they get a decent support act (those are TBD as well), Toyota Center. 21st Century Breakdown, the follow-up to the Berkeley trio's Grammy-winning 2004 blockbuster American Idiot, is due out May 15.

First single "Know Your Enemy" was released to radio last week, and guess what? It sounds a lot like the New York Dolls.

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