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Catch France’s Crème de la Crème (For Free!) at the France Rocks Summerfest

Israeli-French singer/songwriter Yael Naim. (Photo courtesy FranceRocks)

Israeli-French singer/songwriter Yael Naim. (Photo courtesy France Rocks)

Voilà! The inaugural France Rocks Summerfest or should we say, France Des Roches Fest D’été (no, no we shouldn’t) kicked off Memorial Monday with a performance by “guitar orchestra” composer Rhys Chatham, and continues on June 3 with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge by French pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin (known for his solo piano covers; check out his 2009 cover of “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies). The seven-week showcase of French music will include more than 30 musical acts performing a range of indie rock, pop, electronica, jazz and world rhythms at more than 25 venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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9 Words That (Attempt To) Describe AfroPunk

Afropunk Fest 2015 (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

Afropunk Fest 2015 (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

It’s hard to fit AfroPunk into a box, which is kind of the point. The annual two-day music festival at Barry Commodore Park in Brooklyn is simply a concert, to some. For many others, though, “AfroPunk” is a noun, verb and adjective that describes the broader community and ethos this festival has come to represent over time. We caught up with a few of the thousands in attendance and asked them what exactly “AfroPunk” means to them.

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Out in the Streets Fest

This weekend Out in the Streets convenes in Ridgewood for the third year in a row. Besides the killer lineup, what’s really appealing about Out in the Streets is the picturesque location. The Onderdonk House, a museum and Dutch Colonial-era home built around 1700, is one of those spots in the city you probably would have never known existed. And because people like to gorge on fancy delicious food before, during, and after they do all kinds of horrible things to their body in the name of dancing amongst strangers, Out in the Streets will also have a mad lineup of vendors to satisfy your noms. Expect offerings from Archie’s pizza, Montana’s Trail House, Miles, Faro, Cafe Ghia, Norma’s, and beer from Narragansett.