Who's ready to see some shows? Well, the Mercury is here to help with FREE TICKETS to see some of Portland's best concerts—our way of saying thanks to our great readers and spread the word about some fantastic upcoming performances! (Psst... if you want to say thanks to the Mercury, please consider making a small monthly contribution to keep us alive and kickin'!) And oh boy, do we have some great shows coming at ya this week! CHECK IT OUT!

ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see Rakim at the Crystal Ballroom on December 2!

UPDATE! We're sad to relay that this Rakim show has been postponed indefinitely. We'll yell when it gets rescheduled!

ORIGINAL POST: Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down to write intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors (of course, he also had the delivery to articulate them). Even after his innovations were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed, Rakim's early work still sounds startlingly fresh, and his comeback recordings (beginning in the late '90s) only added to his legend. So what are you waiting for? Enter for your chance to win or snatch up those tix now!

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Fri Dec 2, 8 pm, $32-$45, all ages

ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see the Trinity Of Terror Tour at the Moda Center on December 11!

Fans demanded it, and so the Trinity of Terror Tour has been extended to additional dates in December! Don't miss the biggest names in metalcore, Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White and Black Veil Brides, as they bring the head-banging part three of their co-headlining tour, Trinity Of Terror, to Portland. Enter to win tickets or get yours right now, right here!

Moda Center, 1 N Winning Way, Sun Dec 11, 6:20 pm, $35-$55, all ages

GOOD LUCK, and all winners will be notified by this Thursday. And check back next week for more FREE TIX from the Mercury!