Porcupine

Porcupine was born in 2006 in La Crosse, WI, where singer/guitarist Casey Virock had previously launched another indie rock trio, Space Bike. Now based in Minneapolis, the band has evolved to full maturity, a potent force propelled by drummer Ian Prince and the most recent addition to the band, bassist Greg Norton (formerly of HÜSKER DÜ). In naming the band, Virock saluted one of his favorite bands, Echo and the Bunnymen, and his songcraft and musical sensibilities swirl the Bunnymen and other New Wavers along with 1960s British psychedelica purveyors (especially Syd Barrett) and 1970s classic rockers.

The result is muscular and edgy, infused with melodicism and angular guitar work that puts the band in a class with Queens of the Stone Age and Swervedriver. To date, the band has released two full-length albums (2009’s The Trouble With You and 2012’s The Sensation of Being Somebody) along with multiple singles and two EPs, the most recent (2015's Carrier Wave) recorded with the iconic Steve Albini. Virock’s songs have been heard in television shows including The Real World, Best Ink, and The Challenge, and the band has opened for the Meat Puppets, Mission of Burma, Shiner and The Life and Times. As absorbing and compelling as Porcupine’s recordings are, they are a must-see live band, with Virock, Norton and Prince distilling the songs to their 100-proof essence.

Past Shows


Dec
27
th
2019
Mainroom
Dec
27
th
2019
Mainroom

Soul Asylum

with Local H and Porcupine
Sep
13
th
2019
7th St Entry
Sep
13
th
2019
7th St Entry

Porcupine

with Season to Risk and the Hussy
Jun
26
th
2019
Mainroom
Jun
26
th
2019
Mainroom

Built To Spill

with Porcupine, ORUA and Clarke and the Himselfs
Mar
30
th
2019
Palace Theatre
Mar
30
th
2019
Palace Theatre

BOB MOULD BAND

with Porcupine
Mar
9
th
2019
Turf Club
Mar
9
th
2019
Turf Club

The Flesh Eaters

with Porcupine
Jan
19
th
2019
Mainroom
Nov
21
st
2018
Mainroom
Nov
21
st
2018
Mainroom

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION

with KRAIG JARRET JOHNSON & THE PROGRAM and Porcupine
Jun
26
th
2018
Turf Club
Jun
26
th
2018
Turf Club

The Posies

with Porcupine, Terra Lightfoot and DJ Jake Rudh
May
18
th
2018
Mainroom
May
18
th
2018
Mainroom

The Suburbs

with Porcupine and Kiss the Tiger
Feb
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry
Sep
22
nd
2017
Mainroom
Sep
22
nd
2017
Mainroom

Babes in Toyland

with Porcupine and Bruise Violet
May
4
th
2017
The Cabooze
May
4
th
2017
The Cabooze
Oct
28
th
2016
7th St Entry
Oct
28
th
2016
7th St Entry

Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis

The Photography of DANIEL CORRIGAN Book Release Show
with THE MIGHTY MOFOS, Dosh, Porcupine and more!
Oct
8
th
2016
Indeed Brewery
Oct
8
th
2016
Indeed Brewery

Indeed Brewing Company's Hullabaloo 2016

NO COVER
with Night Moves, Butcher's Union, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Dec
4
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
4
th
2015
Turf Club

Little Man

with Two Harbors and Porcupine
Feb
26
th
2015
Turf Club
Feb
26
th
2015
Turf Club

The Life and Times

with Buildings and Porcupine
Aug
20
th
2014
7th St Entry
Aug
20
th
2014
7th St Entry

The Life and Times

with Porcupine and All the Way Rider
Nov
16
th
2013
Turf Club
Nov
16
th
2013
Turf Club

757's

with Porcupine and TEENAGE STRANGLER
Nov
14
th
2011
7th St Entry
Nov
14
th
2011
7th St Entry

Black Box Revelation

with Detour, Porcupine and Machine 22

More Shows

Nov
17
th
Fine Line
canceled

Leslie Odom Jr.

with Victoria Canal
May
9
th
Fine Line

Greer

with The Honeysticks
May
23
rd
The Fitzgerald Theater

Welcome to Night Vale

Jun
1
st
Fine Line

Lost Dog Street Band

with The Hill Country Devil