(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) The new series Seed: Words + Music is a brilliant idea: Writers and musicians create stories and songs inspired by each other's work. With the likes of Laura Gibson, Matt Sheehy, and Cheryl Strayed on the bill, it is scientifically impossible for this show to be anything less than amazing. ALISON HALLETT

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Would-be emcees may be scattered all over podunk towns in the South, but like Southern soul food, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T.'s drawl-soaked verses and high-calorie hooks keep us coming back for more. He dropped his King Remembered in Time mixtape earlier this year, with the King spitting over syrupy tracks and proving he hasn't lost any edge since Live from the Underground exploded last year. He's opening for Talib Kweli, whose trip to Portland comes just before he releases his second solo album of 2013. You'll be able to download the politically charged rapper's Gravitas directly from his website starting Sunday, December 15. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN