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Watch Porcupine perform a three-song set in the Forum at MPR

Porcupine – three-song performance at the Forum at MPR The Current

April 26, 2024

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, The Current hosted its second Minnesota Music Month event — a live taping of The Local Show featuring performances by singer-songwriter Anna Graves and rock band Porcupine. The event also featured a proclamation by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, declaring April 10 to henceforth be commemorated as Minnesota Music Day.

Related: Anna Graves, Porcupine light up MPR's Forum on Minnesota Music Day

Closing out the evening was a performance by indie rock band Porcupine. Veterans of multiple music scenes the band consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Casey Virock, drummer Keith Larson, guitarist and vocalist Nick Roesler and bassist Chad Haugejorden.

Despite the warm wood accents, carpeted ground and bottom-lit Current banners backing the band, something about their set was transportive to somewhere a little darker and a little grittier. In-your-face and enjoyably abrasive, the music invited the listeners to move. Virock switching between microphones creating an immediate echoed effect. A call and response team of one backed by a powerful band.

Songs Performed 

00:00:00 Character Flaws
00:03:21 The Way Down
00:06:16 Comatose


Casey Virock – vocals, guitar
Nick Roesler – guitar, backing vocals
Chad Haugejorden – bass
Keith Larsen – drums


Guests – Porcupine
Host – Diane Miller
Producer – Derrick Stevens
Engineer – Josh Sauvageau
House Recording – Eric Romani
Video – Evan Clark, Megan Lundberg

Porcupine – official site

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This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.