Two music discussions tonight: Pharoahe Monch and a panel on labor and music



If you like thinking and talking about music just as much as you like listening to it, there are two events happening in town tonight that might appeal.

Early on, at Brillobox in Bloomfield, Listening Spaces and Pandemic are presenting Music and Labor: A Public Roundtable, to commemorate May Day, the worker's holiday. Participating will be Montreal's Boogat, and Pittsburgh Caleb Gamble, Edgar Um Bucholtz, Herman Pearl, Kathy Newman and Roger Humphries. That discussion starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 6:30; afterward, Boogat will perform, along with DJ Pandemic Pete. The event is free.

Then from 7-10 p.m. at Alloy Studios in East Liberty, lauded rapper Pharoahe Monch will have a one-on-one with Pittsburgh's Jasiri X, as part of the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Collective's ongoing discussion series. According to R.A.R.E. Nation, which combined forces with Jasiri X's 1Hood to put the series on, Monch will discuss "his career, music catalogue, process and the state of hip hop and the world. [His new album] PTSD weaves many stories together including drug addiction, government surveillance, and gang violence." Admission is $5.

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