As you can probably tell, I have had soccer on the brain for quite some time now. And how could I not, with the Columbus Crew enjoying its best season ever? I have been following the Crew since I was 12, so covering them this year has been a lot of fun for me. The best assignment yet was putting together this week's cover story about the team's resurgence on the pitch and the accompanying revival of fan culture in Columbus. I implore you to check it out, and maybe you could also tune into the Crew's showdown with the Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. Sunday on ONN. Perhaps you'll want to watch it at one of our local soccer bars. In that case, you'll want to know how to fit in with the most devoted fans. In the meantime, perhaps you could brush up on the Crew's playoff history?

Anyway, this is rarely a sports blog. It's mostly about music. And with that in mind, you've probably noticed the giant poster lingering above. It advertises the album release show for epic instrumentalists Brainbow. In my feature on the band, I noted this debut LP has been a long time coming, but it's definitely worth the wait. (Check out a free MP3 here.) This show ought to be killer, too, with the grotesque sounds of Sword Heaven kicking things off, followed by a hip-hop pallette-cleanser from Envelope. 10 p.m. start at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. Probably $5 to get in and $10 for the self-titled CD. This is definitely the show of the weekend.

Other stuff checking out include tonight's Catfish Haven show at Carabar, The Dodos tomorrow at Milo Arts and Cold War Kids with AA Bondy Sunday at the Newport, all of which you can read about here. And the Italian Fest is going on all weekend in Italian Village.

And as always I exhort you to watch Mad Men (10 p.m. Sunday, AMC), even if last week's episode was the series' worst so far. We'll consider it a speed bump.