Tonight: Weekend, Magic Mountain, Skerik's Syncopated Taint & Charlie Hunter Trio

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Weekend, with Lisa Dank, Spurm. Can Can, 94 Pike St., 652-0832. 9 p.m. Ryann Donnelly is a woman completely possessed by music. Her electric voice,

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Tonight: Weekend, Magic Mountain, Skerik's Syncopated Taint & Charlie Hunter Trio

  • Tonight: Weekend, Magic Mountain, Skerik's Syncopated Taint & Charlie Hunter Trio

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    Weekend, with Lisa Dank, Spurm. Can Can, 94 Pike St., 652-0832. 9 p.m. Ryann Donnelly is a woman completely possessed by music. Her electric voice, fixed stare, and Ian Curtis-inspired movements made her last band, the goth-punk-meets-new-wave Schoolyard Heroes, a sensation among Seattle's youth. She brought those same qualities to Blood Cells--her experiment in post-hardcore with past members of SYH--and Weekend--a joint venture with former Blood Brother and current member of Past Lives Mark Gajadhar. Donnelly may have been Seattle's best shot at a reinvigorated post-punk scene, which makes her recent announcement that she's leaving the Emerald City for grad school in New York City a major letdown. And the transition is happening fast: she already quit Blood Cells in April, and her last show with Weekend before she leaves for school is June 10. The good news is that Donnelly's not done with music altogether. She says she's heading to LA later this month to record "new songs, and a few of my favorite Weekend tracks for a full record of pop gold." PAIGE RICHMOND

    Magic Mountain, with The Moondoggies, Grand Hallway. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. For all his talent and success, Grant Olsen is still intent on grasping his anonymity. Playing under his childhood nickname in Arthur & Yu and ever changing the title of his side project from Magic Mountain to White Lightning and back again, Olsen seems intent on keeping his fans guessing where you can see him next. Hopefully by the time he gets around to releasing a record featuring his simply beautiful acoustics and instantly recognizable vocals that in a single emotional crack can rival the chills of a lover's breath on your neck, he'll just settle on his own name and accept his destiny. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

    Skerik's Syncopated Taint, with Charlie Hunter Trio. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. $19. All ages. Skerik's many projects range from the shamelessly retro (McTuff) to the strenuously strange (Critters Buggin'), but the Taint's always been right in my sweet spot - creative, horn-driven, acoustic groove-jazz with the sophisticated techniques of Mingus and the Meters' sense of fun. It helps, too, that Skerik's brought together the very top tier of Seattle players and given each their perfect setting. Seven years ago, the band played at the grand opening of the Triple Door and tonight the band returns to the club to celebrate the release of a live recording of that long-ago performance. The great Charlie Hunter, who does that guitar-and-bass-line thing, among other tricks, will open with his trio. MARK D. FEFER

     
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