Night Game — that’s the debut LP from RI¢HIE, the hard-partying project of former Ghostfinger frontman and sometime Jessica Lea Mayfield sideman Richie Kirkpatrick — is genuinely among the longest-anticipated releases in the local rock set. Truth be told, the tracks on Night Game aren’t a huge departure from what Kirkpatrick was doing in his ’Finger days: There are multiple songs with “Party” in the title; big, crunchy guitar riffs and gang vocals; 1984-era Van Halen synth blasts; and as many laughs as honest-to-God catchy melodies. Clad in his now-trademark rig-out — a referee’s jersey and a baseball cap with googly eyes super-glued to the flipped-up bill — and backed by a crew of ringers (often including two drummers), Kirkpatrick remains one of the most effortlessly charismatic frontmen in town, stalking the stage like some mustachioed combination of Keith Richards, Robert Pollard and David Copperfield between lines about pickup basketball games and animal-print apparel. The best thing about Night Game itself is that for all its patent silliness, it actually features some really good playing. And hey, the message is fun enough: “It’s not a pity party,” Kirkpatrick calls out in “Party Hardliner.” “It’s strong like a nuclear bomb!” Fellow Scene faves Blank Range and Bully will open the show.