The Receiver is hosting a local CD release party for Length of Arms, their excellent second album, tonight at Skullys, 1151 N. High St. Hotel Eden opens, followed by a Receiver set then a dance party deejayed by Hotel Eden's Kelly Warner. 9 p.m., $5. Read more about the Cooper brothers and the unique circumstances surrounding the creation of their record, in my feature from this week's paper.
Tomorrow's top event is the 8th annual Black Box Benefit at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., organized by Columbus rockers MORS Ontologica. Drew Clausen and company have rounded up lots of entertaining talent as usual. Rosehips, Happy Chichester, Tommy Jay and James & James will play, plus a new supergroup tentatively called JKMC described as such: "Jeff Weisman (MORS) on bass, Mark Deane (Pica Huss, Monster Truck 5, Vibralux, Second State Butchers) on drums, Craig Dunson (Pica Huss, Vibralux, TJSA, Thee Invaders) on guitar and Kyle Siegrist (Bubba Ho-Tep, Second State Butchers) on guitar and vocals." Sounds killer. Funky D, True Skills and other DJs will spin too. This year's cause? The Epilepsy Foundation. Your $5 donation will be well spent.
Also at Ruby's Saturday, enjoy mingling with the Hudson Street Hooligans, who'll be there before and after the Crew faces Kansas City in Crew Stadium's 10th anniversary match. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. Check my look back at Crew Stadium's greatest hits from this week's paper.