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What happens when a Corvette crashes? To paraphrase an old bumper sticker, your ass is fiberglass. What happens when the band Trans Am crashes? Actually, The Surveillance, Trans Am’s third record, is more of a fender-bender than a multicar pile-up. The band still expertly mixes Judas Priest and Slint with beatbox breakdowns, but The Surveillance suffers from exactly what it attempts to achieve: a live, stripped-down sound. Trans Am recorded The Surveillance in its new home studio; without the ears or editing skills of producer John McEntire, the CD sounds hollow and thuddingunlike the group’s first two bright and limber booty-shakers. But the Trans Am-ers wanted a balls-out rock record, and they got it. See if you do when Trans Am plays with High Llamas and Storm&Stress at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $8.50. (202) 393-0930. (CP)