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“State of the Union has the coolest setup for bands,” reveals Babyfat’s guitarist, Rob. “Play early to a crowd that is there for the music, and then be packed up and shakin’ it to the house DJ by midnight.” Given that the Arlington quartet specializes in “rock for people with rhythm,” exhaustion is a natural byproduct of its incessant, funkified, hook-friendly grooves. Most notable about a Babyfat show, however, is the confidence—a major-league attitude that also comes through loudly on the group’s latest CD, Tested on Animals. The disc is into its second pressing and has found national distribution. From the El Mariachi-style pose on the back of the CD, to the first-name-only policy on liner notes and Web site, to the sponsorship deal with Jagermeister, to the convenience that the name lends itself nicely to the chant “Babyfat is where it’s at,” Dave, Rob, J.J., and Charlie are playing it as if they were already in regular rotation. It could happen. At 9 p.m. at State of the Union, 1357 U St. NW. $7. (202) 588-8926. (Dave Nuttycombe)