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Back in the days when Liz Phair and Lou Barlow were still smarting from their earliest breakups, Marcy Mays was writing about control. Her Columbus, Ohio–based band, Scrawl, like Thalia Zedek’s Come, skirts blues territory in sound and temperament; the prevailing themes are power and the angst that is a symptom of weakness. More than 10 years since its first gig, Scrawl has finally landed its first big deal, spawning the recent release of Travel On, Rider, a fitting title for an album and career that seem mainly about surviving. With Smart Went Crazy and the Technical Jed at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1830 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (BA)