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At a carnival in Bowie a few weekends ago, a clown had his pet goat blow up a balloon for my 6-year-old son. I think New Orleans-via-Chicago couple Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat would have enjoyed the spectacle. Born Robert Ralston, the former haunted-house curator now known as Mr. Quintron is a one-man band who plays both organ and homemade “Quintraptions” like the Drum Buddy, a light-activated percussion machine made from coffee cans and an old record player. Miss Pussycat, Quintron’s wife, manages an all-puppet band called Flossie and the Unicorns, shakes a mean pair of maracas, and reportedly sings like the Ronettes (yes, all of them) on helium. On his debut, I.F. 001-011, Quintron sounds like just another Chicago experimentalist, but on the more recent The Amazing Spellcaster, he hypnotizes like an acid-crazed Jimmy Smith playing a roller-rink organ in an old movie house showing a monster flick. Quintron and Pussycat perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)