It's not as if there isn't already plenty to do this weekend, but Norwegian band I Was a King rolls through town this weekend on their first American tour. They play stomping, glittery pop that's more than a little reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub. Their current, self-titled record features appearances from Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith of Danielson, and others. It's a shuffle of short, to-the-point, nuggety pop songs that somehow expand beyond their concise scope. I Was a King manage that trick of making seemingly simple pop music that grows on you the more you listen.
I Was a King - "Norman Bleik"
I Was a King open for Constantines and Crystal Antlers on Saturday at the Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12. And if you're broke, underage, or otherwise busy, I Was a King also plays earlier that afternoon at Music Millennium, Saturday June 13, 4 pm, FREE, all ages.