It's time once again for Live Catch, your weekly guide to musical happenings in the New York and New Jersey area. There are plenty of potentially great shows to check out this week and since it's still summertime, at least a couple of them won't cost you a dime.
The first free event happens tonight around midnight at the midtown Apple Store: a DJ set from baile funk enthusiast and Hollertronix/Mad Decent honcho Diplo, an associate of both M.I.A. and Bonde Do Role. Also tonight, experimental guitarists Loren Connors and Geoff Mullen perform in the Issue Project Room's new space at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn. And at The Hook, you can catch legends The Mighty Hannibal and Young Jessie with DJ sets from FMU's own Dave The Spazz and Mr. Finewine.
This weekend, New Orleans' annual Ponderosa Stomp festival travels to the area with a lineup that includes soul legends Tami Lynn and Bobby Patterson, rockabilly pioneers Tommy McLain (backed by Yo La Tengo) and Ray Sharpe, and the inimitable Roy Head. You can see the show on Saturday night at Maxwell's in Hoboken or for free on Sunday afternoon at McCarren Park Pool with DJ sets from FMU's Dave The Spazz and Rex.
The one and only Os Mutantes are back in town on Tuesday night for a show at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. Instrumental hip-hop artist Flying Lotus, who sounds a bit like J Dilla or Madlib, also plays on Tuesday night at Cake Shop.
For comprehensive listings, check out our regularly updated Arbitrary Guide To Popular Culture.