FEBRUARY 14

Like England’s mods vs. rockers battles of yore, D.C. has a raging punk vs. prog war, which bubbles over into the suburbs. Well, not really, but if the conflict ever escalates, Takoma Park’s Trans Am could play peacemaker. As the band proves on its self-titled debut, prog and punk can be the best of chums. Not since Rites of Spring’s “Drink Deep” (the Side 1 closing track from the band’s only album) has a metro-area band so successfully given in to the energy of punk without sacrificing blissed-out experimentation. Some tracks on Trans Am are full improvisations, others just sound like it, but all are extremely tight instrumentals spotlighting the trio’s intuitive and skilled playing. Devo does jazz? Slint does Gang of Four? See for yourself when Takoma’s finest open for Dischord aggro-rockers Branch Manager and Sub Pop’s 5Style, whose debut recalls equally ’70s stadium rock, fusion pap, and George Clinton without being nearly as bad as that sounds. At 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. CP