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Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomson is the one to blame for taking the group from wink-wink Rush-inspired power-prog to wink-wink electro-rock, which reached saturation point with 2002’s TA. Thomson’s new side project, the Frequency, continues in the same vein, although in a slightly less competent manner. Now, I don’t doubt the band’s devotion to Latin rhythms and Miami bass, but like Trans Am, the Frequency seems most comfortable during its more rocking moments: “One Chance” would fit in perfectly between Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and Queen’s “One Vision.” For his part, Thomson describes the band’s sound as “a soundtrack to ‘nite,’” which would be cool only if Nite turned out to be some long-lost ’80s movie featuring a high-speed cigarette-boat chase. The Frequency plays with Measles Mumps Rubella and the Tallboys at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)