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Chris Riemenschneider

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Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough to earn a shout-out from Prince during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native was also a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman for five years.
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Jackson Browne early in his set at the State Theatre Tuesday night. ] JEFF WHEELER � Jackson Browne performed at the St

Jackson Browne digs deep and doubles up at the State

The songwriting vet added tributes to his late pals Warren Zevon and Glenn Frey over two sets.
Prince and Beyoncé performed at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

Prince siblings want to fight deal with Jay-Z's Tidal (again)

The rapper's firm was supposed to release an album of Prince material.
Father John Misty performed as the final act at Rock the Garden 2018 on Saturday.

Father John Misty missteps, Kamasi Washington wows Rock the Garden

Rock the Garden on a ridiculously hot day wasn't the best fit for Josh Tillman. But it suited Kamasi Washington and Low Cut Connie.
Father John Misty performed as the final act at Rock the Garden on Saturday, a day that showered rain, then heat on the Walker Art Center crowd.

Father John Misty tops a moist Rock the Garden party

Rain gave way to sweat at the annual concert outside the Walker Art Center.
Jill Scott performs Thursday at Mystic Lake Casino Showroom.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jill Scott, Trombone Shorty, Stone Arch Festival

Big gigs for the week of June 15-21, also including Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers, Gomez and Jackson Browne.
Nikki Lane is making her first appearance at Rock the Garden.

Nashville alt-twanger Nikki Lane took a long road to Rock the Garden

The Walker party comes amid a rare break for the Nashville-based "Highway Queen."
Blue Ox Music Festival returns for its fourth straight year with a lineup including Margo Price, the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, the Devil Makes Three

Blue Ox bluegrass fest plows its own path amid Eau Claire's music festivals

It's not the best known of Eau Claire's big music shindigs, but the bluegrass and alt-twang campout may be the best loved.
Paul Simon's farewell tour comes to Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Simon, Amadou & Mariam, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly

Big gigs for the week of June 8-14, also including Winstock, Diana Krall and Bobby McFerrin.
Morgan Tilgner made her way through the vinyl records section at Electric Fetus.

Electric Fetus turns 50: Fun facts about Minnesota's legendary record store

Check out these fun facts about the Electric Fetus, the head shop/record store that's celebrating its golden anniversary.
Annie Mack

12 great new Minnesota bands to discover this summer

Our critic's picks for the best new acts coming soon to Twin Cities block parties, outdoor festivals and concert venues.
Los Lonely Boys plays the Minnesota Zoo on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Los Lonely Boys, Parker Millsap, Caroline Rose

Big gigs for the week of June 1-7, also including Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Liz Phair and Shawn Colvin.
Kerry King shredded his guitar. ]Slayer headlined at the Armory in Minneapolis. Slayer is one of the "big four" of thrash metal and has had a strong M

Slayer burns as it fades away in visceral farewell show at the Armory

The thrash-metal vets' farewell stop at the Armory was stacked with four other intense bands.
Once headliners, Sean “Slug” Daley said Atmosphere is happy to cede the main stage at Soundset to larger and newer acts.

Slug goes for 'backyard barbecue vibe' at Soundset's intimate Atmosphere & Friends stage

As Minnesota's hip-hop mega-fest continues to grow and incorporate younger stars, its original headliner is happy taking on a smaller stage.
5 newcomers ready to blow up at hip-hop mega festival Soundset 2018

5 newcomers ready to blow up at hip-hop mega festival Soundset 2018

The festival's buzz acts include a former child actor and a local Liberian immigrant.
RZA (kneeling in front) and Raekwon (in Nike shirt) with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, which emerged out of the projects of Staten Island, N.Y., in th

Wu-Tang kicks off '36 Chambers' 25th anniversary tour at Minnesota's Soundset

RZA and Raekwon discuss their group's seminal debut album as Minnesota's hip-hop mega-fest becomes the first stop on their tour.
Mason Jennings hosts hometown release parties Friday and Saturday at the Cedar.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mason Jennings, the Claudettes, Memory Lanes Block Party

Big gigs for the week of May 25-31, also including Revival Music Festival, the Klituation and Al Jardine.
“I’m ready to make Minneapolis my base to do a lot of beautiful work in the coming years,” said BJ Burton.

Bon Iver audio wiz BJ Burton taking over disputed studio space in NE. Minneapolis

Hot producer/engineer now owns former Humans Win space, whose operator says he was unfairly ousted.
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The 8 best outdoor music venues in Minnesota (for now)

These are the finest venues for seeing outdoor gigs in Minnesota — while we wait for First Avenue's proposed amphitheater.
This week offers ample chances to hear the Carnegies, a Minneapolis band that looks and sounds straight out of the 1960s.

Young Minneapolis rockers the Carnegies strike gold with retro style

Brothers Roman and Royce Mars continue mining rock's past after tragic loss of a bandmate.
Superchunk performs Saturday outside Grumpy’s.

Our critic's guide to the best live music at Art-a-Whirl 2018

Nineties punk heroes Superchunk add roar to the Whirl this weekend.
Joey Bada$$ is at First Avenue on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joey Bada$$, Slayer, Freddy Cole, Becky Kapell

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 18-24, also including a Kid Dakota re-release party, the Suburbs, Wye Oak and Sum 41.
Danielle Haim and Este Haim of Haim performed at Palace Theatre in St. Paul.

Review: Haim rules the Palace with help from local queen Lizzo

The sister bandmates are playing a two-nighter in St. Paul with Lizzo.
Revelers at the 2016 Northern Invasion didn’t care about the cold temperatures. About 25,000 fans are expected each day this weekend in Somerset, Wi

Northern Invasion music fest reclaims metal for Somerset, Wis.

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold and more hit Somerset Amphitheater this weekend for Northern Invasion, now one of our area's biggest annual music fests.
Minneapolis expat Lizzo performs Monday and Tuesday at the Palace Theatre.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Haim & Lizzo, Hall & Oates, David Byrne, more

Big gigs for the week of May 11-17, also including Shania Twain, Bishop Briggs, Jennifer Hudson and Marian Hill.
Summer's 5 biggest metal shows for Twin Cities headbangers

Summer's 5 biggest metal shows for Twin Cities headbangers

It's shaping up to be another big year for fans of heavy bands on tour.
Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles returns after break: 'We're right back where we started off'

How Tom Petty, John Steinbeck and good old friendship helped bring back Minnesota's favorite acoustic band from a nearly two-year hiatus.
Roma di Luna celebrates a reunion album Friday at Cedar Cultural Center.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kenny Chesney, Roma di Luna, Dr. Dog, Erik B. & Rakim

Concert spotlights for May 4-10, also including Romantica, Nellie McKay, Suzanne Vega, Ike Reilly and Tony Bennett.
Kelly’s in Red Wing.

New Trampled by Turtles song sends music lovers flocking to Red Wing watering hole

The "bar right next to the train" in the band's new single, Kelly's Tap House is loving the newfound attention.
Bon Jovi returns to Xcel Center following a March 2017 gig there.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bon Jovi, Big K.R.I.T., Boombox Cartel, Indigo Girls

Concert spotlights for April 27-May 3, also including Ike Reilly's Icehouse residency, Kitten Forever album release and Jonathan Davis's solo debut.
Al Church is comfortable as a sideman or frontman.

Minneapolis pop-rocker Al Church channels '80s sounds, Duluth childhood with new album

The busy Duluth-bred sideman steps out with a poppy, nostalgic solo album.
Justin Vernon founded the Eaux Claires music fest.

Eaux neaux! Justin Vernon keeping Wisconsin music fest lineup a secret

The Bon Iver ringleader wants to "disrupt normality" by keeping names under wraps at Eaux Claires' fourth annual installment.
CD vs cassette illustration
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Cassettes are making comeback, but are CDs the superior vintage format?

Somehow, cassettes were recently deemed cool again by younger rock 'n' roll hipsters, but the CD deserves to come back in vogue.
Camila Cabello performed Friday night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. The former Fifth Harmony member went solo and hit it big with the single �

Red-hot Camila Cabello's heart was in her sold-out State Theatre tryout

Review: The "Havana" singer packed the State Theatre for her solo headlining debut, even though she wasn't always doing the singing.
Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon.

New Bon Iver music finds soulful success in St. Paul premiere with TU Dance

Collaboration is another interesting sidestep for the ever-elusive Justin Vernon.
Canadian Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq performs Friday at the Ordway.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tanya Tugaq, Record Store Day, Bon Jovi

Big gigs for April 20-26, also including Camila Cabello, Robyn Hitchcock and a co-headlining tour featuring Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Caitlyn Smith played outside Waterloo Records during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, last month, tourting her breakout album “Starfire.”

Minnesota songwriting vet Caitlyn Smith is firing up Nashville

Caitlyn Smith left Minnesota for Nashville a decade ago. A No. 1 hit and innumerable writing sessions later, she's coming home with a hot album.
Sheila E. performed at Paisley Park to kick off Celebration 2018.

Prince fans converge on Paisley Park for a more celebratory Celebration

Paisley Park's second annual fan gathering kicked off with a (mostly) upbeat set by Sheila E.
"St. Paul" is a "love song to Minnesota," says singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith.

Listen to Caitlyn Smith's new 'love song' for the city of St. Paul

She name-checks the Turf Club, the Mississippi and the cold Minnesota wind. Clearly, Caitlyn Smith knows her subject matter in the new song “St. Paul.”…
Heidi Vader, who showed a guitar pick she got at a Prince concert, said she wanted to turn her grief into something positive.

Prince fans hope to carry on his 'legacy of giving' via Purple Playground

With volunteers from all over the globe, the Purple Playground is planning the inaugural Prince Academy at St. Paul's High School for Recording Arts.
Margo Price plays First Avenue on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Margo Price, Kraig Johnson, L7, Lindi Ortega

Big gigs for April 13-19, also including Laura Veirs, Echosmith and Abdullah Ibrahim.
A common occurrence at Replacements shows, Bill Sullivan, right, took over vocals from Paul Westerberg as Slim Dunlap looked on during a late ‘80s g

Replacements roadie reveals fresh tales of debauchery in new book

Former 400 Bar owner Bill Sullivan's new book recounts his wild years as a roadie with Minnesota's rowdiest band.
In this 2015 file photo, visitors walk toward the Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland Resprt in Anaheim, Calif. Visiting Mickey a

How our family finally did Disneyland the fast and easy way

We weren't too happy about taking our daughters to the Happiest Place on Earth, but a little forethought went a long way.
Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillmann) will sing Sam Cooke at the Dakota.

Har Mar Superstar suits up for soul great Sam Cooke

Har Mar Superstar tested himself, and his audience, with a stylish tribute to soul great Sam Cooke. It worked so well, he's taking it on the road.
The Decemberists. Provided by Red Light Management

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Decemberists, Dessa, Cloud Cult with Minnesota Orchestra

Big gigs for April 6-12, also including Renee Austin, S. Carey, Todrick Hall and Ana Moura.
John Maus

Meet the southern Minnesota electronic music guru earning rave reviews nationally

Playing the Cedar and Coachella this month, John Maus returns to music after getting a Ph.D. and literally trying to reinvent the synthesizer.
Jeremy Messersmith recorded the vocal track to "Monday, You're Not So Bad" for his album "Late Stage Capitalism" at Flowers Studio.

A Minnesota music hero takes us inside creation of his new album

Jeremy Messersmith offered an unprecedented look at the 2½ years it took to make his new album, from early songwriting sessions to smoothing over legal matters with Neil Diamond.
The renovated Armory saw action during Super Bowl events. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons was among performers.

From parked cars to Judas Priest: Minneapolis' Armory rises again as concert venue

Minneapolis' historic military structure finds new life as a concert and event facility, after it had dwindled into a crumbling parking garage.
Judas Priest.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Judas Priest, Jeremy Messersmith, Soccer Mommy

Big gigs for March 30-April 5, also including Weird Al Yankovic, Little Big Town, John Maus and Margaret Glaspy.
Lakewood Cemetery's Byzantine-style chapel boasts heavenly acoustics.

Lakewood Cemetery to lure the living with new concert series

Minneapolis' most prestigious graveyard will soon host live music by Anonymous Choir, Dusty Heart and more.
The Black Angels, above, join the Black Lips Friday at First Avenue.

15 Twin Cities big gigs this week: Black Angels, Black Lips, Ness Nite

Concert picks for the week of March 23-29, also featuring Leslie Odom Jr., Kristin Hersh & Grant Lee Phillips, Wolf Alice and Yo La Tengo.
Caroline Rose performed at the 32nd annual South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Our critic's favorite acts from Austin's South by Southwest music fest

Top picks from the increasingly tamer Texas music fest include indie-rockers Caroline Rose, Bodega and Naked Giants.
Molly Dean, left, and Barbara Jean are releasing their debut Dusty Heart album.

Minnesota tunesmiths Molly Dean and Barbara Jean combine as Dusty Heart

Singing partners Molly Dean and Barbara Jean came together on a whim and jelled quickly.
O.M.D., the British duo more formally known as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, plays First Avenue on Sunday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Glen Hansard, O.M.D., Steve Earle & the Dukes

Big gigs for the week of March 16-22, also including Jonathan Richman, Graham Nash and Buckethead.
Ex-hockey player Andy Cook recorded his new EP at Pachyderm.

Minnesota music notes: Trailer Trash at Lee's, Andy Cook in late bloom on second EP

Also: Trailer Trash and Lee's bond again over charity, plus SXSW goers.
Ashanti will appear with Ja Rule on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ja Rule and Ashanti, Pussy Riot

Big gigs for the week of March 9-15, also including Demi Lovato, k.d. lang and Pink.
Merrill Garbus brings her experimental, worldly, New York dance-pop band Tune-Yards to First Avenue on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tune-Yards, MGMT, Miguel, Vince Staples

Big gigs for the week of March 2-8, also including Lila Downs, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Charles Lloyd.
Seen here at Maxim Magazine's Super Bowl Party, Top 40 hitmaker Migos will return to the Twin Cities May 27 for the Soundset festival.

Hip-hop mega-fest Soundset to feature Migos, Logic, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang

Rhymesayers' 11th annual rap marathon is set for May 27 at the State Fairgrounds, also with Ice-T, Tyler the Creator and hosts Atmosphere.
Dessa: “After everything else I’ve been doing, this feels like a homecoming.”

Dessa comes home on new album: 'Rap feels like the one common link'

Book deal, New York buzz haven't spoiled the Minneapolis hip-hop star on the city and art form she rode in on.
Steve Winwood plays the Orpheum on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Steve Winwood, Steve Aoki

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 23-March 1, also including Chris Young, Ani DiFranco and husband-and-wife banjo virtuosos Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Former Jayhawks drummer Norm Rogers died Monday. Rogers is pictured with the band in the mid-1980s, left to right: Mark Olson, Rogers, Marc Perlman an

Former Jayhawks and Cows drummer Norm Rogers dies of cancer

The Minnesota music-scene vet was also a fixture behind the bar at Brit's Pub for two decades.
Channy Leaneagh of Poliça, left, with Stargaze.

Indie-rock goes classical on Minneapolis band Poliça's new album with Berlin ensemble

The Twin Cities rockers branch out on a new LP and tour with Berlin's neoclassical troupe Stargaze.
Porcupine with Greg Norton, center, is one of the Red Wing and La Crosse area bands playing Big Turn.

Like a wintry small-town SXSW, Big Turn Music Fest takes flight in Red Wing

Live music takes over 18 downtown spaces for two nights Friday and Saturday as part of the Big Turn Fest.
Las Cafeteras plays Saturday's GlobalFest Tour, an offshoot of New York’s acclaimed world-music festival.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Prince released his debut single, "Soft and Wet," in 1978.

Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K

Studio owner Chris Moon is auctioning off his ownership stake in the 1978 single.
Kid Dakota celebrates a new album Saturday at Icehouse.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
Zach Carothers of Portugal the Man: “Now, we get recognized in random places by a lot more random people.”

When indie rock goes Top 40: Portugal the Man's unexpected crossover

How a mainstream hit has (and hasn't) changed things for veteran band Portugal the Man.
Justin Timberlake performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots Sunday,

No hologram, but still a Prince tribute in Justin Timberlake's halftime show

Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the Minneapolis rock legend by projecting video of him from the movie "Purple Rain" on a large screen as a snippet of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" played. The University of Minnesota marching band joined Timberlake midfield during the funky jam "Can't Stop the Feeling."
Pink sang the national anthem Sunday before the start Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Philly pop star Pink powers through red-hot national anthem despite the flu

The singer suffered through a virus at a concert Friday but sounded strong in U.S. Bank Stadium.
Kelly Clarkson sings her 2004 hit 'Since U Been Gone' to nostalgic fans on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minn.

It was 'cold as hell,' but Kelly Clarkson still fires up fans in pre-game show

The Texas singer (and Cowboys fan) drew a crowd of 5,000 at the Armory.
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.
Migos posed on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone Magazine VIP party at the International Square Market on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Emmitt Smith serenaded by Migos at Rolling Stone's Super Bowl party

The shindig at Minneapolis's International Market Square drew a lot of NFL players, and Dr. Oz, too.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performed Thursday night at the new Minneapolis Armory in the biggest of Super Bowl-related shows around the Twin Citi

Super Bowl party scenes and concerts kick off in a big way

The Imagine Dragons show at the Armory was the biggest of many metro shindigs.
Diet Cig plays the Whole at Coffman Union on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dieg Cig, Mary Lambert, Bob Marley Remembered

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 2-8, also including New Power Generation, Questlove, Kimbra and Pink.
Workers readied the newly-reborn Armory for Super Bowl concerts this week.

Revamped Armory ready to rock as Super Bowl concert venue

This week's Nomadic Live parties with Pink, Imagine Dragons mark the historic building's rebirth as a concert venue.
Sheila E. and Mychael Gabriel joined bandmates for a hometown tribute to Prince on Monday night on Nicollet Mall.

Partying like it's LII: Prince tribute show rocks Nicollet Mall

Three acts closely associated with the Minnesota rock legend — none of whom had played together since his 2016 death — showed their singular dedication by performing his songs outside in single-digit temperatures for the Super Bowl Live concert series.
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