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Trans Am, Midday Veil, and VHS


Crocodile Belltown
Tue., July 7, 8 p.m. 2015 All Ages


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For over 20 years, Trans Am have been making agile and burly rock music that somehow always seems to have its tongue in cheek, even as it tries to scorch your face. It's a trick few have pulled off. The trio of chameleonic virtuosi seem to be parodying kraut rock, prog, ZZ Top-esque boogie blues, folk rock, and ambient electronic reveries even as they're creating exemplary specimens of said forms; for the peak of this stylistic omnivorousness, see 2000's Red Line. Trans Am's output has slowed in the last decade, as guitarist Phil Manley's gone on to become an in-demand producer and leader of the band Life Coach. But Trans Am keep on cruisin’. Their latest album, 2014's Volume X, forges a familiar blend of flashy hard rock (“Anthropocene”), stealthy electronic creep-outs (“Reevaluations,” “K Street,” “Ice Fortress”), ominous electro rock (“Megastorm”), and kosmische bliss-outs (“Night Shift”), with a few outliers of speed-metal pastiche, sentimental synth-heavy balladry, and a Meddle homage. Word to the wise: These honchos are amazing live. DAVE SEGAL


2200 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Tue-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 9a m-2 am, Sun 9 am-3 pm.

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  • Tue-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 9a m-2 am, Sun 9 am-3 pm.
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  • Tue., July 7, 8 p.m. 2015