On Thursday, April 17, you've got local gem Shaprece opening up for UK singer Daley at the Tractor—nice to see such a jazzy, future-leaning R&B bill happening in Ballard. Check Shaprece's newest work with producer IG88—"Tell Me" and "Her Song"—on Soundcloud. She's taxiing for takeoff.

Singer Heather Gin's release party for her Passion is at Barboza the same evening—very much the other side of the coin. Passion is pure played-out (to the tune of a decade behind) pop-radio playtime, evoking a wannabe "Toxic"-era Britney with occasional rap cameos from Romaro Franceswa, Spac3man, and Neema (who, to his credit, is the only one who sounded at home here). I have it on good authority (aka YouTube) that Ms. Gin is nice on the keys, but Passion's direction is pure struggle & B. That said, the release party will feature the talents of all the above rappers, plus the genuine double threat of singer/MC Dice.

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