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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
Phone: 612-673-4658
Location: Minneapolis
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Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough for Prince to shout him out during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native authored the book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom" and previously worked as a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas.

Riemenschneider has also written for Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and Billboard and won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Society for Features Journalism and Society of American Travel Writers.
Recent content from Chris Riemenschneider
Jerry “Swamp Dogg” Williams Jr.

R&B hero Swamp Dogg gets an AutoTune-up from Midwest masterminds of Bon Iver and Poliça

Swamp Dogg's improbable pairing with Ryan Olson and Justin Vernon was "exactly what I've wanted."
A sampling of previous Cities 97 "Sampler" volumes.

After 30 years, popular Cities 97 'Sampler' CD comes to an end

The 30th installment of the series hits metro area Target stores Tuesday morning.
Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway bring their "Sibling Rivalry” show to the Dakota.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: A Perfect Circle, Elvis Costello, Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway

Big gigs for the week of Nov. 9-15, also including Wynonna Judd, the Get Up Kids, War and Treaty and the Cities 97's Sampler 30 Party.
Steven Van Zandt plays Burnsville's Ames Center on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Stevie Van Zandt, Ween, Brother Ali

Big gigs for the week of Nov. 2-8, also including Josh Groban, Lee Ann Womack, Okee Dokee Brothers and Cole Swindell.
Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington of Low.

In its 25th year, Duluth trio Low 'goes even further' with bold new album

The once-subtle band issued its most subversive album yet, "Double Negative."
Low Cut Connie lead singer Adam Weiner performed with his band as the opening act at Rock the Garden 2018 on Saturday.

Low Cut Connie's flashy frontman loves Minnesota

Philly piano rocker Adam Weiner counts Elton John, Barack Obama and now a sizable Twin Cities crowd as fans.
The Okee Dokee Brothers

Okee Dokee Brothers celebrate 'togetherness of winter' on most Minnesotan record yet

The outdoorsy, family-friendly Twin Cities folk duo didn't have to go far to find inspiration for a new album.
Mitski plays a sold-out First Avenue show on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mitski, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Kamasi Washington

Big gigs for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1, also including Hailu Mergia, Gaelynn Lea and , Loudon Wainwright III and Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Members of the Bad Man band, hanging out at Grumpy’s Bar in northeast Minneapolis, from left: Patrick Davis, Warren Peterson, Peter Memorich, Ben Hi

Riotous rockers the Bad Man relish being 'a northeast Minneapolis band through and through'

Sidelined by a broken leg since July, northeast Minneapolis rockers the Bad Man are ready to bust up this town.
The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul is to be sold to First Avenue, under a deal with Minnesota Public Radio.

First Avenue buying spree continues with deal for MPR's Fitzgerald Theater

Minnesota Public Radio is unloading the century-old venue as First Ave continues to expand its foothold.
Twenty One Pilots frontman Tyler Joseph managed several quick outfit changes without halting Sunday's show in St. Paul.

Twenty One Pilots offer more high-flying stunts in sold-out Xcel Center show

Review: The Ohio rock duo's elaborate stage and tricky antics didn't overshadow their fan-adored songs in St. Paul.
Ed Sheeran performed Saturday, Oct. 21, 2018 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Ed Sheeran's solitary stage act gets lost in vast U.S. Bank Stadium space

Bigger wasn't better for the British pop strummer as he played to 50,000 people all alone Saturday in Minneapolis.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was gravel-voiced but gloriously fierce in Thursday’s sold-out concert in St. Paul.

Foo Fighters survive another endurance test in tour's would-be St. Paul finale

Dave Grohl's hoarse voice sole sign of tour fatigue in sold-out Xcel show.
Ed Sheeran.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ed Sheeran, Florence, Phil Collins and more

Big gigs for the week of Oct. 19-25, also including Twenty-One Pilots, Umphrey's McGee, Fleetwood Mac and Phil Cook.
The Hold Steady played a crowd-pleasing set Saturday at SurlyFest.

Hold Steady replants Minneapolis roots with long run of weekend shows

Review: The band's four-year local lull ended with rowdy sets at SurlyFest and 7th St. Entry.
The Hold Steady has expanded into a six-man lineup with, from left, Bobby Drake, Franz Nicolay, Craig Finn, Galen Polivka, Steve Selvidge, Tad Kubler.

The Hold Steady hits SurlyFest and fills 'glaring omission' in band's Twin Cities history

Craig Finn returns home for his band's first local shows in 4 years, and first in the Entry.
Keith Urban Target Center plays Target Center on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Keith Urban, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris

Big gigs for the week of Oct. 12-18, also including Rod Stewart, Troye Sivan, Bettye LaVette and Gladys Knight.
Johnny Van Zant returns with Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Baez, Death Cab for Cutie

Big gigs for the week of Oct. 5-11, also including Jade Bird, Four Fists and the PRN Alumni Foundation's second annual Funk 'n' Roll Weekend.
Adam Young is still living in Owatonna, in a house he bought with “Fireflies” money, not far from his parents and their church.

New Owl City album powered by 'Fireflies' hitmaker's wholesome Owatonna life

Basement-taper Adam Young's new Owl City album is as wholesome as his 2009 "Fireflies" megahit.
Belly returns to town for a special “evening with” concert at the Fine Line on Friday.

'90s alt-rocker Tanya Donelly revives Belly after thinking 'it was over entirely'

The alt-rock hero quit touring to be a mother and doula, but she never stopped writing and recording.
Jared Kamrowski, a former CPA who traveled so often for work he started Thrifty Traveler, his own travel blog/newsletter.

Minnesota's Thrifty Traveler is the online guru of cheap travel deals

The site's founder Jared Kamrowski has become a master of finding rock-bottom prices on flights.
Grumpy’s downtown Minneapolis building will soon be razed to make way for an eight-story apartment complex.

Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis to close Saturday on a low-key note

Yet another beloved bar lost to an apartment development, it will make its final stand this weekend.
Shaggy and Sting play Saturday at the Armory.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sting and Shaggy, Wiz Khalifa, Shakey Graves

Big gigs for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, also including Suicidal Tendencies, Chvrches and Denzel Curry.
The 4onthefloor’s new single “Radio Edit (Radio Edit)” pokes fun at the band’s own knack for shooting themselves in the foot.

Minnesota music notes: New albums by 4onthefloor, Dem Yuut, Cult of Lip

Release parties are set for the Varsity and Icehouse.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco at the Palace Theatre last November.

Wilco frontman Tweedy steps out again with Pantages set heavy on new songs

Jeff Tweedy debuted six tunes in acoustic gig.
The Steve Miller Band performs Friday at the Armory.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Steve Miller Band, Ringo Starr, Frebella Fest

Big gigs for the week of Sept. 21-27, also including Jeff Tweedy, Arthur Buck and Madeleine Peyroux.
A crowd of about 3,000 rocked out to Judas Priest, fronted by Rob Halford, on Thursday night at Treasure Island. The band appeared along with Deep Pur

Deep Purple, Judas Priest crank on in back-up venue

Review: Weather forced the British hard-rock vets inside at Treasure Island.
Rapper J. Cole’s talents as a lyricist and street poet were on full display Wednesday night at Target Center.

Rapper J. Cole rides out a storm for second Twin Cities arena gig in a year

He and Young Thug faced calamity differently in Target Center tour date.
Singer Caroline Smith.

From Caroline to Your Smith: Minnesota singer returns home

Two years after shoving off for Los Angeles, she wants the folks back home in Minnesota to know she's mostly the same.
Leon Bridges

Texas R&B stylist Leon Bridges brings sultrier sound to Palace Theatre

The singer who turned heads with his debut returns with a more modern, edgier follow-up.
Sullivan co-helmed the famed Minneapolis rock club with his brother Bill.

Former 400 Bar co-owner, Tom Sullivan, dies at 62

"Open-minded and big-hearted guy" fostered future local music stars.
The newly renovated Parkway Theater.

Parkway Theater reopens in south Minneapolis with a much-needed face-lift

The 1940s-era neighborhood theater at 48th and Chicago has opened with a new mix of programming following a makeover.
Somali-British singer Aar Maanta, a United Nations goodwill ambassador, overcame visa hassles to serve as the Cedar Cultural Center’s 2018 artist-in

Visa troubles resolved, a Somali music star settles in for year-long Minnesota residency

He's a Somali singer living in London with a European fan base, so what's Aar Maanta doing as a Minnesota artist-in-residence?
Dispatch plays the Armory on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dispatch, Maroon 5, Café Tacvba

Big gigs for the week of Sept. 14-20, also including Wailin' Jennys, Liz Phair, J. Cole, Deep Purple and Judas Priest.
Chan Poling (above) and the Suburbs are the last-minute headliners at Thursday's AppleJam. © Tony Nelson

The Suburbs will cover for friend, headline at Arboretum's AppleJam

Local rock vets agreed to fill in for Honeydogs at fest.
Having the Fine Line in its mix of venues pits First Ave directly against the Varsity Theater, run by national competitor Live Nation.

First Avenue buys Fine Line, adding to growing list of music venues

The smaller venue fits a size gap between the main room at Minneapolis' best-known rock club and Turf Club.
Gary Clark Jr. tops off a perfect night at Surly Field

Gary Clark Jr. tops off a perfect night at Surly Field

Saturday's sold-out, starlit concert capped a successful half-decade rise for both the venue and performer.
Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica performed at Target Center on Tuesday night.

Metallica cranks it up in intimate Minneapolis gig

Review: Tuesday's show included some old rarities and a fresh-enough energy.
Amanda Shires: “If you are making an Americana record, and you’re a woman, you have to play acoustic instruments and be sad all the time. I did no

Singer/fiddler Amanda Shires wrote breakthrough album in her closet

The Texas native juggled her MFA studies, time in her husband's band and a freewheeling toddler to craft her best album yet.
Taylor Swift brought her Reputation Tour to New Jersey earlier this summer.

Taylor Swift fans excited, confused as Minneapolis tickets remain plentiful

The new ticketing policies include dynamic pricing and amount to higher profits for artists and their promoters.
Kris Vox as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister in the band Hairball.

Snakes, wigs and spandex: Hairball's costumed rockers ready for State Fair close-up

After dragging its wigs, spandex and snake across the Midwest, Minnesota's hardworking hard-rock tribute band is ready for its State Fair close-up.
Taylor Swift performs Friday and Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Taylor Swift, Metallica, Culture Club & B-52's

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, also including Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, Car Seat Headrest and Neko Case
Sugarland plays the Minnesota State Fair grandstand on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trampled by Turtles, Sugarland, Earth, Wind & Fire

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 24-30, also including the Beach Boys, Alejandro Escovedo with Joe Ely, and Alice Cooper.
Trampled by Turtles

Sold-out grandstand crowd gives Trampled by Turtles an amped-up homecoming

More than 15,000 fans turned out for this year's biggest State Fair concert.
Eliza Blue

Twin Cities folkie Eliza Blue found Neil Young's bassist at home on the prairie

Eliza Blue found an unlikely collaborator in South Dakota: Neil Young bassist Billy Talbot.
New Order’s Bernard Sumner.

After 29-year wait, New Order's old-school grooves still sound fresh in St. Paul

The British synth-rock pioneer's sold-out Palace show was their first time in town since 1989.
Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins performed at the Xcel Energy Center.

Smashing Pumpkins reunion bloated by classic covers, old-school ego

Billy Corgan and his reunited bandmates played for a staggering three hours at Xcel Center, including one fittingly inflated Zeppelin cover.
Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins, performs on stage at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Ga., in July.

Twin Cities' 15 biggest concerts of the week, from Smashing Pumpkins to New Order

Also on deck is Beach House, Deadmau5, Irv Williams and more.
Lauren Peper and Alana Tingelhoff of Minneapolis took a drink with Lyall Stearns, a Mortimer’s bartender of 23 years.

Newest rock club, Mortimer's, fills void left by Uptown redevelopment

Just eight months in, the new Mortimer's music room has become a fitting replacement for other vital rock clubs lost in the Twin Cities.
Connor Davison, lead singer Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge play First Avenue Aug. 18 to support Bad Bad Hats’ second album, “Lightning Round.”

Minnesota rockers Bad Bad Hats maintain freshman charm with sophomore album

Singer Kerry Alexander is newly married but still happily singing about breakups with husband/bandmate Chris Hoge.
Kid Rock performed Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn.

Kid Rock tries to unite Minnesotans around his awesomeness

The divisive rocker played the first sold-out show at Treasure Island's new amphitheater.
The Zac Brown Band played at Target Field in 2016.

The 17 biggest concerts of the week in the Twin Cities

It's a stacked few days with Zac Brown Band, Drake and Kid Rock coming to town.
Beyonce and Jay-Z performed in concert at U.S. Bank Stadium on Wednesday evening. In this photos, their images appear on a large screen at the concert

Superstar couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z deliver supersize drama at U.S. Bank Stadium

Review: The mega-big, plan-the-summer-around-it concert was not the same kind of show we've already seen them deliver separately.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z make their first Minnesota appearance together Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, part of their much publicized On the Run II To

Beyoncé, Jay-Z play first Minnesota show together tonight at U.S. Bank Stadium

Ahead of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's mega-concert, here's a recap of the super-couple's ups and downs as heard in their own songs.
Jack White plays the Armory on Monday.

Best concerts of the week Aug. 3-9: Jack White, Shelby J, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kinky Friedman, Charlie Puth

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 3-9, also including HazelFest, Red Stag Supperclub Block Party and the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival.
The artist behind Minneapolis' Bob Dylan mural has erected a similar tribute to Michael Jackson in New York City.

New York's cool new Michael Jackson mural might look familiar to Minnesotans

The latest wall portrait by a famed Brazilian artist is in the same vein as his Bob Dylan mural in Minneapolis.
Alamo Drafthouse patrons can order food and drinks from the comfort of (reclining) seats.

Why I love Minnesota's new Alamo Drafthouse (even in Woodbury)

Hats off to the landlords at the Woodbury Lakes outdoor mall — and all Woodbury residents — on landing Minnesota's first Alamo Drafthouse. You're gonna love the place once you "get" it.
Journey, including Neal Schon on lead guitar and Arnel Pineda on vocals, performed Friday at Target Field with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick.

Journey, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick bring the '80s to Target Field

Those summer nights were calling again, crammed with the most Top 40 rock hits ever played.
The crowd outside of First Avenue after the death of Prince.

'Purple Rain' singalong video outside First Ave nightclub banned, then reinstated on Twitter

A Star Tribune photographer's moving clip from the 2016 Prince memorial party went viral, then went dark.
Spider John Koerner and new Palmer’s Bar owner Tony Zaccardi at Palmer’s.

Spider John Koerner to grace the stage again at newly sold Palmer's Bar

Spider John Koerner returns to the newly sold Palmer's Bar on Saturday. Not that he ever left.
Erasure performs Sunday at the State Theatre.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Journey & Def Leppard, Erasure, Femi Kuti, Bebel Gilberto

Big gigs for the week of July 27-Aug. 2, also including Rufus Wainwright, Playboi Carti and Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

He sold a "staggering" 4.4 million U.S. albums in a week, helped by his aversion to streaming.
Customers filled Hymie’s during its Record Store Day block party in April

Hymie's Records, a famed spot for vinyl in Minneapolis, is for sale

The owners are pledging to sell it only to someone who wants to keep the music spinning there.
Concertgoers in 2003 in Ventura, Calif. Started in 1995 as a less arty answer to Lollapalooza, the Warped Tour became a vehicle for skateboarder punk

Warped Tour founder on its Minnesota finale: 'I'm fearful for the industry I'm in'

An explanation for ending the traveling punk and emo fest from ringleader Kevin Lyman, who's revered by local concert vets, including Slug.
Sylvan Esso performs Saturday at Surly Festival Field.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sylvan Esso, Luke Bryan, X Games, My Bloody Valentine

Big gigs for the week of July 20-26, also including Jerry Lee Lewis, Courtney Barnett and Raphael Saadiq.
Mystic Lake Casino's outdoor stage.

Treasure Island vs. Mystic Lake: Which casino is better outdoor concert venue?

Treasure Island has debuted a bona fide concert amphitheater with 9,400 seats to compete with Mystic Lake's grassy setup. Here's our take on the competing venues.
Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Gary Louris and Mark Perlman of the Jayhawks.

Minnesota twang-rockers the Jayhawks are 'having fun again' amid late-career bloom

The venerable band is "having fun again," leading to another new album.
Audra McDonald performs Friday with Minnesota Orchestra.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Audra McDonald, Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

The big gigs for July 13-19, also including Moore By Four, the Pretenders, George Clinton, X Games Pre-Party more.
Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! at the Disco, performed at the Target Center on Wednesday. See more photos at

Panic! at the Disco frontman presses all the right buttons at sold-out Target Center

Review: Brendon Urie showed off his Broadway-endorsed showman side in Minneapolis.
The Jayhawks played in 10-degree temps and light snow during Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall on Saturday.

Like First Ave on Nicollet: Minn. rockers take stage

Soul Asylum, Bob Mould, the Suburbs and Jayhawks played to maybe the biggest Nicollet Mall crowd yet Saturday.
Festival goers took part in an immersive music installation, called "Player-Fence," Saturday in The Woods at the Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival.

Eaux Claires IV lacked surprises and common sense (and Bon Iver, too)

Disappointment and disarray plagued the secretive fourth year of Justin Vernon's rock fest.
Jason Isbell performed at the Basilica Block Party at the Basilica of St. Mary Friday, July 6, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN.

Basilica Block Party returns with divine sets by Jason Isbell, the Revolution

Prince's old band hit the downtown Minneapolis church fest, where attendance was noticeably down.
Trampled by Turtles performs Saturday at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trampled at Bayfront, Eaux Claires, Basilica and McGraw & Hill

The big gigs for July 6-12, also including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Panic! at the Disco, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Boz Scaggs.
Whitney Houston and her father, John.

'Whitney' documentary digs deep into the singer's hurt (and dirt)

The new documentary enlists family members and confidants to explore Houston's rise, and especially her fall.
Harry Styles at the end of the first song in his set Sunday night.

Harry Styles finds new direction, old mania in Xcel Center solo debut

The One Direction singer convincingly grew up and lived it up in his long-awaited St. Paul date.
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