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They’re playing the Bayou and their name sounds feral, but Thrillcat is no metal band and deals neither in thrills nor growls. Mostly jazzy, slightly funky, this trio puts across the modestly literate love songs (well, some of them) on its (oneword) with strut and syncopation. With the Empties at 9 p.m. at the Bayou, 3135 K St. NW. $4-5. (202) 333-2897. (MJ)