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Extreme Rockin'

The Gravity Games stay grounded in good music.


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What's an extreme-sports competition without extreme music? All five days of the Gravity Games will be accompanied by an appropriately hard-hitting lineup of rockers and rappers. Following is a rundown of who'll be rocking Voinovich Park:

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- Default. They're from Canada, they're friends with Nickelback, and their debut album, The Fallout, is a throwback to the days when Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and many other Seattle-based and Seattle-influenced bands made grunge a mainstream commodity. Recommended recording: Since the band has only one album -- 2001's Fallout -- we'll have to, um . . . default to it.

Friday, 6 p.m. -- Wyclef Jean. Jean's 1997 solo debut, The Carnival, is a frequent genre jumper. Pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, and just about anything else you can think of twists the formula concocted while he was a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees. Recommended recording: Fugees' The Score.

Saturday, 6 p.m. -- Filter. Leader Richard Patrick was born in Bay Village, was a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, and has a brother who took over for David Duchovny on The X-Files. Filter's just-released third album, The Amalgamut, is a fan-friendly mix of blistering riffs, tattered vocals, and navel-gazing ballads. Recommended recording: "Hey Man, Nice Shot."

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. -- Run-D.M.C. They once claimed to be the kings of rock. In fact, they were the kings of hip-hop. They turned rap music from a singles-driven market to an album-worthy one. Recommended recordings: Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Raising Hell.

Sunday, 6:30 p.m. -- Busta Rhymes. Lately, he's more of a hip-hop personality than a mic-busting rapper. But he still has one of the best flows in the biz. Recommended recordings: "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check," "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See."

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