Alive's picks for the ComFest 2013 bands not to miss

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

ComFest will always be "the party with a purpose" even if for most people that purpose is to get drunk, catch up with old friends, people-watch and see some bands. Let's not ignore the event's social and civic legacy: It contributes to numerous local charities and raises awareness for progressive causes one mug at a time.

For real, though, let's get to the bands.

ComFest music tends to cycle through phases of magnificence and mediocrity, and this year's lineup seems to be cycling back in the right direction. Every day there's numerous reasons to show up, and not just at the revitalized Offramp Stage. Here's a smattering of our most anticipated sets.

• Friday picks

• Saturday picks

• Sunday picks