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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
Mark Mallman spent four months listening to 50 uplifting songs.

Can happy songs get you out of a funk? Minneapolis musician's new memoir says yes

A memoir by Twin Cities rocker Mark Mallman tells how music got him out of his depression and anxiety.
Lizzo performed at Palace Theatre in St. Paul.

5 can't-fail songs from Mark Mallman's 'Happiness Playlist'

Rocker-turned-author Mark Mallman talks about the most reliable feel-good entries from the 50-song playlist featured in his new book. 1. “Friendship,” Pops…
Ike Reilly kicks off St. Patty's weekend at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul on Friday night.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Blake Shelton, Vince Staples, Bob Weir, Michael Bublé

The big gigs for March 15-21, also including the Subdudes, Dan Wilson, Ike Reilly and a "Sgt. Pepper's" tribute.
Katy Perry performs at the Xcel Energy Center.

Katy Perry, Zedd to play downsized Final Four concert series at Minneapolis Armory

Due to weather concerns, only about 8,400 fans will get into the concerts each day, compared to 40,000-plus in prior host cities.
Cheap Trick, including Robin Zander on vocals and Rick Nielsen on lead guitar, performed Friday, July 27, 2018, at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mariah Carey, Cheap Trick, the Monkees and Shinedown

The big gigs for March 8-14, also including Mike Doughty, Kip Moore, Winger & Lita Ford, Habib Koite plus the Revivalists.
A beatmaker taking a (pillow) beating: Aaron "Lazerbeak" Mader played with his three children, twin brothers Lou, left, and Cam, both 4, and daughter

The secret life of Lazerbeak, who helped Doomtree, Dessa, Lizzo find their grooves

From Doomtree producer to band manager, record-label boss and father of three, Aaron Mader found time to craft a new solo record about finding his inner balance.
Robyn performed at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul. caption ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – St. Paul, MN – March 5, 2019, Palace

Swedish pop star Robyn displays a royal flair in sold-out Palace show

The dance-pop singer shined in shades of silver, white and especially purple in St. Paul.
The Minneapolis Fillmore Theater will be part of a development including an Element by Westin Hotel near Target Field Station in the North Loop.

Concert giant Live Nation prepares to challenge First Avenue with Fillmore club

Announced back in 2017 but kept relatively quiet ever since, Live Nation’s new Minneapolis Fillmore Theater is finally under construction in the North Loop.…
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley performed with Kiss at the Target Center.

Rock gods Kiss live in the past for their last blast in Minneapolis

The flashy '70s rockers stuck to their fiery formula as their End of the Road Tour hit Target Center.
A fast-rising, 24-year-old R&B singer from London, Ella Mai just earned a Grammy for her single "Boo'd Up." She played a sold-out show at the Varsity

'Boo'd Up' hit singer Ella Mai parties up in Minneapolis headlining debut

Grammy winner Ella Mai, 24, shined well beyond the hit at a sold-out Varsity Theater gig.
Paul Stanley with Kiss at the State Fair grandstand in 2010. The band’s End of the Road Tour rolls up Monday at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Kiss' Paul Stanley on Mpls. farewell show: 'We're not a band that'll ever fizzle out'

Is this really the end? The star-eyed singer/guitarist provides answers and much more ahead of the band's Target Center concert.
Robyn, seen here at the Fine Line in 2010, finally returns to town Monday at the Palace Theatre.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Robyn, the Jacksons, Lauren Daigle & the Band Perry

The big gigs for March 1-7, also including I'm With Her, SteelDrivers, Cowboy Mouth, Sharon Isbin and Adrian Belew.
“Boo’d Up” hitmaker Ella Mai, seen here at the American Music Awards in October, easily sold out the Varsity Theater next week.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ella Mai, Big Turn Fest, Buddy Guy with Mavis Staples, Beirut

The big gigs for Feb. 22-28, also including Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Gathering, Big Head Todd, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Young the Giant.
J.S. Ondara at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Inspired by Bob Dylan, Kenyan folk-rocker journeyed to Minnesota to tour the world

Hearing Bob Dylan convinced J.S. Ondara to leave Kenya for Minnesota. Now he's taking his music to the world.
credit: Jeremy Cowart Indigo Girls

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sharon Van Etten, orchestral Indigo Girls, FIDLAR, Kelly Clarkson

The big gigs for Feb. 15-21, also including Trippie Redd, Chelsea Cutler and Colter Wall.
Minneapolis rockers Eleganza! finally tout their debut album Saturday at the 7th St. Entry.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Eric Church, William Bell, Eleganza! and Excision

The big gigs for Feb. 8-14, also including the Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Battle of the Jug Bands and Pieta Brown.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Burton Cummings Theater in Winnipeg.

Neil Young's winterlong run continues with noisy, electric affair in Winnipeg

After Minneapolis, Young returned to Winnipeg to meet up with Crazy Horse.
Neil Young kicked off his four-night solo stand last Saturday at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.

Two critics, two takes on four Neil Young solo shows in Minneapolis

Our two critics recap four nights of the rock god in Minneapolis.
Bob Marley at Northrop Auditorium in May 1978. “It was uplifting to see the communal spirit cross cultural barriers,” wrote critic Jon Bream.

Legend in our midst: Memories of Bob Marley's visits to Minneapolis

The Jamaican icon enlivened the Twin Cities three times in the 1970s, but sadly didn't make his final scheduled gig here.
Grammy nominee Kacey Musgraves, opening for Harry Styles at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last summer. She will play a sold-out show at the Palace Th

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kacey Musgraves, Disturbed, P.O.S. and Interpol

The big gigs for Feb. 1-7, also including Matt Wilson, Devil Makes Three, Jesse McCartney and Barb Ryman.
Billy McFarland, right, and his celebrity partner Ja Rule vastly oversold 2016’s Fyre Festival.

Netflix, Hulu films offer 8 burning lessons from disastrous Fyre Fest

What to glean from Netflix and Hulu films about the disastrous Bahama Islands bash.
Palmer T. Lee has released his solo debut, “Winebringer.”

Palmer T. Lee goes it alone on a heart-tugging album

Plus: More new music from Ol' Yeller's old leader, Six Mile Grove and newcomer Anna Stine.
Noname headlines First Avenue on Friday night.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Noname, Tommy Emmanuel, Drone Not Drones, Lemon Twigs

The big gigs for Jan. 25-31, also including Ruston Kelly, Emily King and Trapper Schoepp.
Neil Young also performed unplugged at Northrop in 2007 and 2010, before the auditorium's $88 million makeover.

'An abundance of classic theaters' inspired Neil Young's Minneapolis run

Even for an artist known to be adventurous and unpredictable, Neil Young’s four-show run in Minneapolis over the next week is unlike anything he’s done…
Rebirth Brass Band has four shows at the Dakota Saturday and Sunday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rebirth Brass Band, Dwight Yoakam, the Current's birthday parties

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 18-24, also including Tina Schlieske, Kristin Chenoweth, Fred Steele with Nachito Herrera, and Tim Sparks with James Buckley.
Trapper Schoepp

Bob Dylan's Wisconsin ode revisited (with approval) by Milwaukee tunesmith Trapper Schoepp

Ellsworth native Trapper Schoepp got a green light to finish off "On, Wisconsin," a song Bob Dylan wrote on his way to stardom in New York.
Dua Saleh will celebrate their debut EP with a show Tuesday at 7th Street Entry.

A rapper and poet with 'accidental' buzz, St. Paul's Dua Saleh releases debut EP

Poet-turned-musician worked with producer Psymun on first EP, "Nur."
Willie Murphy sang with bassist Joe Demko at left during a Willie & the Bees rehearsal in 2014.

'Heart and soul of Minneapolis music scene' Willie Murphy dies at 75

The blues and R&B veteran led Willie & the Bees, produced Bonnie Raitt and was a charter member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
King Princess (Mikaela Straus) makes here local debut Thursday at First Avenue.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: King Princess, Lanco, Rosetta Tharpe tribute

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 11-17, also including Sean Anonymous' birthday, "The Last Waltz" tribute, St. Paul Peterson, Kathy Mattea and Brian McKnight.
Justin Vernon (here at last summer’s Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival) played the Turf with Big Red Machine.

Justin Vernon helps Andrew Broder supply bold music for dark times at Turf Club residency

Justin Vernon helped his pal Andrew Broder settle in for an ominous Turf Club residency.
Gully Boys playing at First Ave's annual Best New Bands showcase Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.

Review: Gully Boys, mostly women ruled First Ave's Best New Bands

Friday's annual roundup also featured the Scrunchies, Faith Boblett and Yam Haus.
Charlie Parr kicks off a weekly residency at the Turf Club.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Andrew Broder at the Turf Club

The big gigs around town for Jan. 4-10, also including Hooked on Hamilton, A$AP Rocky and a celebration for Sarah Papenheim.
Roman and Royce Mars, center and right, are the swinging set of siblings behind the Carnegies with bandmates Owen Hiber, left, and Brandon Cox.

Meet the entries for First Ave's Best New Bands of 2018 showcase

The old tradition continues with another hot young roster.
Snowta winter dance music party

How Minneapolis' Snowta dance fest became hot enough to book Skrillex and Marshmello

Winter has strangely become a selling point for Minnesota's booming dance music fest. With Skrillex and Marshmello headlining, it's become the biggest NYE party around.
David Byrne wowed concert­goers with his American Utopia tour stops at the Orpheum Theatre in May.

Riemenschneider's top 10's: David Byrne headed up Twin Cities concerts in 2018

Our critic's year-end picks for best albums and concerts of the year.
More than 30,000 fans filled the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this year for Soundset, now the biggest hip-hop fest around, but probably not Migos’ fa

10 signs the Minnesota music scene was alive and well in 2018

Need a reason to stay positive? Here are 10.
Astralblak's "Seeds," Low's "Double Negative" and Dessa's "Chime" were high among the year's best Minnesota albums.

Riemenschneider's top 10 Minnesota albums of 2018

Duluth trio Low's 12th album was a true marvel, but there were many other wow moments on local records.
The Jayhawks play the First Avenue Mainroom on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jayhawks, Sounds of Blackness, Bad Plus, Sophia Eris

The big gigs around town for Dec. 21-27, also including Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas, Heiruspecs, BoDeans and the All Tomorrow's Petty residency finale.
The Steeles bring their Christmas celebration to the Fitzgerald Theater.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Atmosphere, Lil Skies, the Steeles

The big gigs for Dec. 14-20, also including Halloween, Alaska, Jillian Rae with Eliza Blue, Jimi Hendrix Remembered and Kurt Vile.
Travis Scott's "Astroworld" tour recently hit NRG Park in his native Houston.

Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' tour a blast for fans in Minneapolis

The Houston rapper's "Astroworld" tour filled Target Center as he rocketed atop the charts.
Travis Scott appears Saturday at Target Center.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Travis Scott, Middle Kids, the New Standards

The big gigs for Dec. 7-13, also including Third Coast Percussion, Richard Thompson, Bob Seger and Sheila E.
Curtiss A gears up for another John Lennon tribute show.

Curtiss A doubles his annual John Lennon tribute with kid-friendly First Ave show

Curtiss A adds a kids' show to his 39th(!) John Lennon tribute.
Thom Yorke opened his “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Tour” at the Franklin Music Hall on Nov. 23 in Philadelphia.

Thom Yorke's quirky Northrop set quells Minnesota fans' 21-year wait

The Radiohead frontman's solo set leaned heavily on electronics and visuals but still spotlighted his vocals.
Chris Kroeze, contestant on "The Voice."

'Voice' finalist hopes to lift spirits in grieving hometown of Barron, Wis.

Barron's Chris Kroeze sang his way to the top 10 as his hometown faced tragedy.
Brandi Carlile settled in for three nights at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

Brandi Carlile rouses her Twin Cities faithful as she settles in for three nights

Review: The Seattle tunesmith's new album fueled the first set in her year-ending three-night stand.
Thom Yorke brings his solo tour to Northrop Auditorium.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Thom Yorke, Jingle Ball, Midnight Hour, Martin Devaney

The big gigs for Nov. 30-Dec. 6, also including Phosphorescent, Mark Mallman's Peace on Earth, Freddy Cole, Allen Stone and more.
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After two decades, JT Bates is closing his weekly jazz showcase.

Minnesota music notes: JT's Jazz Implosion to end, Sims gigs for Hopewell Music

An announcement over the Thanksgiving break by JT Bates has Twin Cities jazz lovers singing the blues.The ubiquitous all-purpose drummer — who's been gigging…
Lissie plays First Avenue on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lissie, Astralblak, Brian Wilson

Big gigs for the week of Nov. 23-29, also including the Cactus Blossoms, Leo Kottke, Khruangbin, Rev. Horton Heat, JD McPherson and Brandi Carlile.
Recent music bookings at Moon Palace Books include M. Raben and P. Simon, an electronic duo with a French horn.

Moon Palace becomes music venue for books with adventurous, diverse gigs

The store's 110-capacity performance room is set to the side of the cafe through a separate doorway. It feels a bit like walking into your goth cousin's basement.
Elvis Costello arrived in town seemingly eager to reiterate he’s alive and well.

Elvis Costello comes out swinging in lengthy Northrop set

His almost Springsteen-like, 2½-hour set came just four months after he canceled six shows to have a "cancerous malignancy" removed.
David Huckfelt, co-leader of the Pines, spent a month on Isle Royale as the park’s artist-in-residence and has a moving new solo album to show for i

Singer David Huckfelt of the Pines found ocean of inspiration on Isle Royale

The Minneapolis-via-Iowa tunesmith took inspiration from a writing residency at Lake Superior's national park to craft his first solo album, "Stranger Angels."
Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus teamed up to craft a new EP under the moniker Boygenius.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Boygenius, Rufus Wainwright

Big gigs for the week of Nov. 16-22, also including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maxwell, Moore by Four and Ike Reilly Assassination.
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.
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