What to Do Tonight: Trans Am

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For a long time, instrumental rock was pretty much the dorkiest field you could choose as a musical career. It was mostly overrun by Eddie Van Halen disciples showing off their knowledge of diminished minor-key-descending seventh note intervals or some other non-expressive nonsense. But over the past couple of decades a growing number of likeminded groups has brought a refreshing indie-rock sensibility to the mix. Trans Am were one of the first, and they remain among the best and most popular. Their ninth album, Thing, merges hard-rock instrumentation with computerized dance-rock beats. The rare, and mostly processed, vocal contributions add a slight human touch to the songs. To non-fans, Trans Am’s music sounds like something that would accompany Neo as he walks down The Matrix’s computer-filled hallway. The band’s real strength comes out in concert, where you’re free to dance to the beats or simply stand still and marvel at the instrumental prowess on display. Trans Am, with Megachurch, play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at 7 p.m. It's free. —Matthew Wilkening

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