$10 in advance/$10 at the door
10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
Join Minnesota legend, Mark Mallman, in a very special performance celebrating peace on earth for the holidays. Along with many surprise guests, the Twin Cities premiere showman is sure to bring a smile to your face and a fire in your heart. What a great way to cap off 2016. Porcupine (Featuring Greg Norton of Husker Du) open.
Mark Mallman has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities’ must-see live acts, complete with his own star on the wall outside First Avenue. He started his career in the late 1990s with the short-lived band, the Odd, a surprisingly popular postmodern joke on 1970s rock histrionics. Days after they topped the City Pages "Best new Band" poll, they broke up, but reunited to record and release one album, Oh My G*d – It's the Odd in 1998, which was co-written and co-produced by Mallman. His solo debut came in 1998 with the release of The Tourist. In 2000, Mallman issued his sophomore effort, How I Lost My Life and Lived to Tell about It, which featured guest spots by Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland and Mallman's schoolmate, Davey von Bohlen of The Promise Ring. The Red Bedroom, his third album, was issued in Spring 2002. It was produced by Radiohead producer Paul Q. Kolderie. The Who's Gonna Save You Now? EP and the live effort Live from First Avenue, Minneapolis were released in 2003.
Mr. Serious, Mallman's first self-produced album, followed in 2004. It marked his first album for Badman Recording Company. His energetic performance style, combining the attitudes of punk rockers like Johnny Rotten and Darby Crash over the 70s disco-glam of Elton John, began to gain attention throughout the United States around the time of this record. While he tirelessly performed 150 shows per year, Mallman released Between the Devil and Middle C in 2006, and Invincible Criminal in 2009. Invincible Criminal featured a duet with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and violins by Shannon Frid of Cloud Cult. After an extensive amount of touring the United States, he spent the first half of 2012 in Los Angeles writing and recording Double Silhouette, which was released later that year.
On March 25, 2016, Mallman released "The End is Not The End." David Bowie's Scary Monsters and Super Creeps helped inspire the direction Mallman took with each of the album’s twelve tracks. The theme of life after death and constant rebirth on earth is affirmed throughout the entirety of the album. Mallman created the album after his mother died and he was dealing with depression and anxiety attacks. He says it's "a deliberate meditation on overcoming the roots of despair."
Casey Virock - vocals/guitar
Greg Norton - bass guitar/vocals
Ian Prince - drums
Rock trio Porcupine organically forges its singular brand of Rock'n'Roll reminiscent of the late-90s alternative without compromise. Un-yielded by what's trendy, Casey Virock (guitars/vocals) with Nick Roesler (bass) and Ian Prince (drums) derive some of their inspiration from 70's classic rock and 60's British psychedelica, resulting in a Swervedriver meets Queens of The Stone Age type sound.
Porcupine was founded in early 2006 by Casey Virock. Hoping to spring board off recent success from his former band Space Bike, including opening slots for Frank Black, The Descendants, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard and Everclear, Porcupine began touring and playing the Midwest. Ian Prince has been supplying the backbone for top-notch indie bands like Story of the Sea, Houston and Kid Dakota for well over a decade. Possessing the perfect combination of play-for-the-song sensibility and an "all or nothing" attitude, Prince is an undeniable powerhouse on the drums.
Over the last 10 years Porcupine has continued to build momentum. They have released two full length LP's, 2 EPs, multiple singles, a record charting at #115 in the CMJ top 200, opening slots with the Meat Puppets, Mission of Burma, Shiner, The Life and Times, and songs featured on T.V. shows, such as, The Real World, Best Ink, and The Challenge. The band is currently working on a follow up to their 2015 EP - Carrier Wave which was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini.