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Modern rock and alternative music will get massive exposure from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday as Edgefest takes over LaSalle Park. It's the fifth annual showcase for national and local bands from radio station 103.3 FM, the Edge.

National acts include They Might Be Giants, the iconoclastic band featuring John Linnell and John Flasburgh. The band combines rock, jazz and other influences. "We aspire to create records in which each song has a strong voice or sensibility," Linnell said.

Seven Mary Three has been on the charts with such pop-influenced tunes as "Cumbersome" and "Lucky." Buffalo Tom has been around nearly a decade and uses imagery with a full, rich sound. Other national acts include the Urge, God Lives Underwater, K's Choice, Gravity Kills, Sprung Monkey, the Amazing Royal Crowns, Esthero, Possum Dixon and 2 Skinnee J's.

Edgefest will introduce a local stage. "We wanted to give local bands a chance to play their music and show their talent," said Rich Wall, Edge program director. Local acts include Velour, Scary Chicken, Rocketship 7, Oui 73, Girlpope, Doombuggy, God's Children, Lotus Flower, Nancy's Candy and Muscle Boy.

-- Anthony Violanti

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