French students are at least as interested in music as you are. They're into rock 'n' roll and a variety of other styles. Not surprisingly, the largest concert stages, Bercy and Zénith, are in Paris, but cities throughout France have active music scenes and enthusiastic fans.
Check out a couple of entertainment Web sites. At the Pariscope site, see if you can find out what's playing au Zénith et à Bercy. Do any upcoming concerts look interesting to you? Are any of the names familiar?
At the other site, get a feel for what's playing in and around Lille, in the north of France. Can you tell what type of music a group plays just by looking at its name?