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." With Lisa Dank, Spurm. PAIGE RICHMOND

Thu., May 20, 9 p.m., 2010

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