With this years lineup pushing the pseudo-genre in every direction imaginable, the name Afro-Punk Festival seems more open-ended than ever. On Saturday, Santigold headlines on the strength of a debut album that includes production from both Diplo and Chuck Treece of Bad Brains, a band whose aggressive sonics are shirked entirely by chill opener Toro y Moi. Then, on Sunday, Janelle Monáe returns to the festival with her androgynous, Fritz Langinfluenced reto-futurism, before Cee-Lo concludes the weekends events, presumably by using a pre-punk, Motown-influenced sound to get a park full of people to shout that quintessential punk declaration, Fuck you.
Sat., Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m., 2011
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