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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
Lizzo performed at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • – St. Paul, MN – May 5, 2019, Concert review of

Top among fall concerts, Lizzo is still shaking things up in her old hometown

As she returns for two big gigs, her former cohorts in the Twin Cities music scene take stock of her impact — locally, and now industrywide.
Lil Wayne and his band sounded a lot like a rock act Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Blink-182 also performed.

Rap-rock odd couple Blink-182 and Lil Wayne a hard sell in St. Paul

The crowd was among the small things at Blink-12 and Lil Wayne twofer.
The technicolor dream boat that is the Jonas Brothers hits Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jonas Brothers, Tycho, Vince Gill, K. Flay

The big gigs for Sept. 13-19, also including Nick Lowe, Of Monsters & Men, Brittany Howard, Lee "Scratch" Perry and release parties for Porcupine and Sean Anonymous.
Massive Attack’s performance at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul featured video footage of the Iraq War and Saddam Hussein. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgon

Massive Attack's long-awaited St. Paul gig offers a '90s Orwellian flashback

British trip-hop group's 1998 album "Mezzanine" darkly came alive at the Palace.
Channy Leaneagh, left, with DJ and producer Alex Nutter, singer Mina Moore and beatmaker Mark McGee of Ringing Bell.

Polica singer returning to the stage after breaking her back

After breaking her back in March, Channy Leaneagh is ready to break in a new act at the Walker's Avant Garden.
A.J. Haynes, center, and her band Searatones perform at 7th St. Entry on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Who, Massive Attack, Seratones, Lil' Wayne with Blink-182

The big gigs for Sept. 6-12, also including Lenny Kravitz, Thomas Rhett, Social Distortion and Static Panic's EP release party.
Siri Undlin touts Humbird’s new album Saturday at the Parkway.

Girl from the Nordic country: Minneapolis indie-folker Humbird takes flight

Humbird's Siri Undlin studied old folk songs and tales abroad. Now she's writing her own.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist Billy Gibbons with drummer Frank Beard during the first song of their Grandstand set Monday night. ] JE

ZZ Top, Cheap Trick make a fairly cool finale at the grandstand

The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
Members of Southwest High School’s adapted guitar program are raising funds to perform at a national convention in Florida in November.

Adapted guitar program at Southwest High turns special kids into rock stars

Southwest High School music educator Ruth LeMay teaches music through color-coded guitars.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform Saturday at the Surly Brewery Field.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tyler the Creator, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kesha and fair music galore

The big gigs for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, also including Lionel Richie, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Brandi Carlile and Dessa at the fair, plus Under Violet's release party, Squeeze, Jon Spencer, Eddie Palmieri and more.
Logic returned to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Thursday after headlining the Soundset festival there in 2018.

Logic proves a sensible pick for State Fair's latest rap concert

Hometown star Prof joined in for the fair's first big rap gig since 2016.
Lady Lark is among the performers in the lineup for this weekend’s “First Avenue Goes to the Fair.”

First Avenue expands again, this time to State Fair for free concerts

The club's two revue-style shows at the Schell's Stage will "show people what we're all about."
Weird Al Yankovic performed "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" early in his set Tuesday night at the Grandstand.

'Weird Al' pulls some strings — and twine, too — in sold-out fair concert

Yankovic packed the State Fair grandstand with a full orchestra. No kidding.
Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris shot notes out to the crowd during "Where Eagles Dare" early in Monday night's set at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Iron Maiden as beastly as ever in oldies-filled St. Paul show

The British metal gods' claims of its biggest tour production yet did not fall flat.
Jonah Marais, a member of the band Why Don’t We, sang a solo part of one of the bands opening songs to thousands of screaming young fans at the Gran

Live gigs run nonstop at the fair, and for one day, so did our music critic

From a local Tom Petty tribute band to the screaming boy-band fans at the grandstand, one critic took in 18 acts in 13 hours at the fair.
Weird Al Yankovic

Minnesota loves Weird Al Yankovic — and his fans tell us why

His Strings Attached Tour, with a full orchestra, is headed to the Minnesota State Fair's grandstand on Tuesday.
'Weird Al" Yankovic

Why Weird Al Yankovic never parodied Prince

Here’s more of what Yankovic had to say about his laugh-filled but seriously enviable 35-year career.   On how he keeps his old song parodies…
Brian Oake hosted a birthday bash for 89.3 the Current at First Avenue shortly after joining the station in 2016.

After Facebook rant, Twin Cities morning-show DJ Brian Oake is out at the Current

No reason was given for his departure, but he had posted an angry message after getting kicked out of a concert.
Los Lobos

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Los Lobos, Wild Waters Fest, Reba McEntire & Ringo Starr

The big gigs for Aug. 16-22, also including Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves, BoDeans, Stephen Marley and Jearlyn Steele.
Last Import is Grace Baldwin (bass, backing vocals), Jane Halldorson (drums) and Emily Bjorke (guitar, lead vocals).

Last blast of summer for buzzing Twin Cities rock trio Last Import

The rock trio wraps a busy few months with a big gig Friday. Then it's back to the books.
The venue is modeled after San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore.

Live Nation previews its Fillmore Minneapolis concert venue: 'It's not just a black box'

The entertainment conglomerate promised it will stand out from other venues in the international chain — and local competitors.
Billy Ray Cyrus performed June 30, 2019, at the Glastonbury Festival in England. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bayfront Blues, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gary Clark Jr.; Pizza Luce Block Party

The big gigs for Aug. 2-8, also including Queen, Lady Midnight, Kamasi Washington, Gladys Knight and Amanda Shires.
John Mayer showcased his many musical sides and paid tribute to his older tunes at Xcel Energy Center Monday night.

John Mayer barely comes alive in post-Dead, two-set Xcel Center gig

The bluesy pop hitmaker hit St. Paul fresh off a tour with his older pals.
With an image of Freddie Mercury behind them, Brian May and Adam Lambert of Queen performed at the Oscars.

Champions again: 13 key moments leading to Queen's killer comeback

Freddie Mercury's band endured a lot of ups and downs in his time. But Queen is bigger than ever in 2019.
Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson's harmonica player

After 7,000 shows with Willie Nelson, sidekick Mickey Raphael knows how to roll

Harmonica player Mickey Raphael recounts his 47 years on the road with the American music icon.
Wu-Tang Clan performed during Soundset 2018 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Wu-Tang at X Games, Santana and more

The big gigs for Aug. 2-8, also including Davina & the Vagabonds' release party, John Mayer, Broken Social Scene, A Giant Dog, Steve Earle and Slash.
Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker early in his band's set Tuesday night at Surly Brewing.

Australian groovers Tame Impala get flashy for a two-night Minneapolis stand

The Australian band's light show was as hazy as host venue Surly's new IPAs.
Kim Roe, husband Quillan Roe and gui­tar­ist Dan Gaarder of the Roe Family Singers played in the steamy heat at the Spring­brook Nature Center in F

They're everywhere: Meet Minnesota's hardest working band of summer

Far­mers mar­kets, na­ture centers, small-town fes­ti­vals — they're all on the Roe Family Sing­ers' busy gig list.
Cardi B performed July 3 at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.

Biggest concerts in the Twin Cities this week

The big gigs for July 26-Aug. 1, also including John Paul White, Jawbox, Bobby Lyle, Lord Huron, Conor Oberst, the Ocean Blue and a twofer of British rock vets.
Texas crooner Khalid wore a Minnesota Wild jersey throughout his performance Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Khalid fans happy to phone it in from sold-out St. Paul show

Texas singer's romance songs drew a packed and powered-up arena crowd.
ELO tribute band ELnO

Minnesota fans feel a strange magic as ELO finally lands here after 38 years

Nothing will bring fans down as the megaband breaks a 38-year absence.
Country superstar Tim McGraw headlines the Twin Cities Summer Jam Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: TC Summer Jam, Khalid, Bone Thugs, Night Moves

The big gigs for July 19-25, also including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Home Free, Black Midi, Backstreet Boys and Rosanne Cash.
From the left, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack White and Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs performed Monday at the Armory.

Jack White shreds again at the Armory, this time with Raconteurs

Monday's Raconteurs gig was the White Stripes leader's second gig there in just over one year.
The Peterson Brothers perform at the KFAI Theater Stage.

Best little music fest in Mpls.: Roots, Rock and Deep Blues delivers again

Ninth annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest blazed on Saturday with standout sets by the Peterson Brothers, Shackletons, Humbird and Mary Cutrufello.
Guitarist Daniel Murphy performs with Golden Smog at the Hall of Kings in Minneapolis for the Soul Asylum retiree's 57th birthday. From left are Kraig

All-star band Golden Smog dusts off the cobwebs in unannounced Mpls. gig

Members of Soul Asylum, Jayhawks reunited post-Basilica to bring guitarist Dan Murphy out of retirement.
Brad Paisley

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Basilica, Lakefront, Deep Blues fests, Raconteurs

The big gigs for July 12-18, also including Parquet Courts, Pop 2000 Tour, Black Pumas, Snail Mail and the hard-rocking Northeast Food Truck Rally.
Dan Wilson left Minneapolis for Los Angeles in 2010, and his old bandmates in Semisonic recently followed him there to record their first album in 18

Dan Wilson is loving California but feeling Minnesotan as his old band Semisonic returns

The Basilica Block Party gig this weekend unofficially begins the rollout for the pop-rock trio's first album since 2001.
"Originals" is a new Prince album, released by the late musician's estate. (NPG/Warner Brothers) ORG XMIT: 1349180

Minnesota's 10 best local albums of 2019 (so far)

The Cactus Blossoms, Dizzy Fae, Sass, Sam Cassidy and — never mind the 30-plus-year wait — Prince all produced gems in the first half of 2019.
Trampled by Turtles performed Saturday night at the Grandstand. ] AARON LAVINSKY ¥ Lissie, Lord Huron and Trampled by

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trampled at Bayfront, Zac Brown, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chaka Khan/Michael McDonald

The Big Gigs for July 5-11, also including Rebirth Brass Band, I'm With Her, John Sebastian and Billy Idol.
Bassist Bones Sloane performs with Courtney Barnett

X, heat index pummel the Walker's Rock the Garden before the National took over

Walker Art Center's annual outdoor music bash was a sweaty but memorable one.
Frankie Lee

Minnesota's nomadic songwriter Frankie Lee comes home for new album 'Stillwater'

Nomadic Minnesota songwriter returned to familiar ground for his new album "Stillwater."
The Roots' drummer/bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" on stage at Soundset 2016. They return to town Sunday to play the Mystic Lake Casino Showroom.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Roots, J. Lo, Rock the Garden, Common Sound

The big gigs for June 28-July 4, also including Lake Street Dive, Dillinger Four's D4th, Lonely Island, Sergio Mendes and a new St. Paul concert series with Leftover Salmon.
Shawn Mendes performed Friday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Still only 20, Shawn Mendes turns sexy in third Xcel Center appearance

Fellow Toronto-area vocalist Alessia Cara opened the sold-out show.
“After eight albums and 20 years, I think we were all sort of ready for a shift,” said guitarist Bryce Dessner of the National.

Rock the Garden headliners the National take a new tack: 'We needed to hear female voices'

This was supposed to be an off year for the acclaimed Cincinnati rockers. Instead, they joined up with women singers to make an album for a movie.
Shawn Mendes returns to Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Carrie Underwood, Pride parties, Hugh Jackman, Shawn Mendes

The big gigs for June 21-27, also including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Bazzi, Built to Spill, Wand and Pentatonix.
The Family Stone took the stage Thursday night.

Summer Skolstice music fest at Vikings' Eagan facility opens with modest crowd

Fans didn't rush the field for the music fest at the Vikings' training camp.
Groupon was used to help boost atendance at last Tuesday's concert by New Kids on the Block at Xcel Energy Center.

Groupon for Twin Cities concerts? Big acts are now banking on the discount site

After seeing the Who twice before — and not being all that amped up to hear the band’s new material — Dan Israel didn’t want…
Ronnie James Dio appeared via hologram.

Twin Cities' rock-hologram era begins with the late Ronnie James Dio at Myth

Saturday's Dio Returns concert was the first of its kind to hit Minnesota.
Father John Misty riffed off Jason Isbell with his lyrics at Friday's almost sold-out concert at the Armory. Above, Misty in 2016.

Father John Misty, Jason Isbell pair up and bare all at Armory

Josh Tillman and his co-headliner worked out their issues on stage.
Jason Aldean (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Winstock, Blue Ox Fest,

The big gigs for June 14-20, also including Father John Misty & Jason Isbell, Davie Bowie tribute, Stone Arch Bridge Fest and The Comet Is Coming.
Ezra Koenig sang in front of a spinning globe and an expanded Vampire Weekend lineup Sunday at the Armory in Minneapolis.

Vampire Weekend grows up, fills out in first Minneapolis gig in five years

Ezra Koenig let the band's new lineup loose and added sweet Minnesota touches in Sunday's sold-out show.
Billie Eilish performed Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minn.

Billie Eilish brings bedroom pop to new heights in sold-out Minneapolis show

The 17-year-old "Bad Guy" singer even brought a bed along to convincingly transfer her dark bedroom pop to the stage at her sold-out Armory show.
Treasure Island Amphitheater heads into its second season with shows by Reba McEntire and Trampled by Turtles.

12 cool and unusual spots for Minnesotans to catch live music this summer

These off-the-radar or offbeat options will get you outdoors and out of your rut this season.
Vampire Weekend (Ezra Koenig)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Vampire Weekend, Luis Miguel, New Kids on the Block, Billie Eilish

The big gigs for June 7-13, also including Craig Finn, Maceo Parker, Machine Gun Kelly, Billie Eilish and the Specials.
Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell at the 36th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills,Calif. “We’re very close,” Finneas said.

Hitmaker Billie Eilish's producer and only songwriting partner? Her brother

Finneas O'Connell talks about kid sister Billie Eilish's rocketing fame and his own budding career, all from recordings made in his bedroom.
Tony Glover

Minnesota blues hero Tony Glover, an influence on Dylan and the Stones, dies at 79

After his '60s trio Koerner, Ray & Glover, the harmonica blower went on to become an esteemed music writer and radio host but was still often called on stage by Patti Smith, Beck and others.
Brothers Page Burkum, left, and Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms.

No rest for Twin Cities twangers Cactus Blossoms as they kick off Minnesota Zoo series

Sibling twangers the Cactus Blossoms kick off the Music in the Zoo series Saturday with more guitars, a new self-owned label and another brother in the mix.
Juice WRLD performs Friday at the Armory in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Juice WRLD, John Prine, Hozier, Jillian Rae

Big gigs for the week of May 31-June 6, also including album parties by Erik Koskinen and Sass and tour dates by Sleep, Aly & AJ and Gogol Bordello.
Minnesota native Phil Solem, right, and his Rembrandts bandmate Danny Wilde went 18 years between albums.

'Friends' theme makers the Rembrandts finding new fans for first album in 18 years

Ex-Minneapolitan Phil Solem believes the band was unfairly written off back in the day, but now a new generation knows of them via the TV show.
A last-minute substitute at Soundset, Lil Nas X performed on the Minneapolis stage Sunday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Soundset 2019: Better weather, more women and even a lil' Weezy

Lil Uzi Vert was a no-show again, but lots of women artists and even Lil Nas X made it to perform at this year's still-gigantic hip-hop fest.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snarky Puppy, Mudhoney, Memory Lanes block party

The big gigs for the week of May 24-30, also including Terry Reid, the Parkway Pickoff, Sebadoh, Lazy Scorsese's album party and the return of Heliotrope.
Tech N9ne

Midwest's other indie-rap king rejoins his 'hip-hop family' at Soundset

Like his Minneapolis peers at Soundset, Tech N9ne found long-term success in his own Strange way.
Musician Dua Saleh

5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2019, from Doja Cat to Dua Saleh

Our annual look at the up-and-coming buzzmakers at the Twin Cities' biggest music festival.
Michigan electronic producer/musician Griz plays the Armory on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sammy Hagar, GRiZ, Eddie Palmieri, L7 & Chromeo

The big gigs for May 17-23, also including the free Resonance marathon, Mountain Goats, Phil Cook with Charlie Parr, Joan Osborne and Spafford.
“It all came back to us really surprisingly quick,” said the Blind Shake’s Mike Blaha, left, with bandmates Dave Roper and Jim Blaha.

Twin Cities noise-rock faves Blind Shake ready to rumble again at Art-A-Whirl

The power trio is one of several bands returning to action for this weekend's Northeast bash.
Joe and Shalee Palmquist of St. Paul had some fun under the Lee's Liquor Lounge on the the last of the club opening Tuesday May 14, 2019 in Minneapoli

In limbo from light-rail work, Lee's Liquor Lounge goes out with a twang

The downtown Minneapolis saloon is closing indefinitely pending light rail work
Dale Watson returns to Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis for a show Sunday and two more on Tuesday.

Texas singer bids farewell to Lee's Liquor Lounge, 'the embodiment of Midwest hospitality'

Texas twanger Dale Watson, who gave the watering hole its anthem, now will sing its farewell song.
Lady Lark (Taylor Harris) touts her debut album, "Permission" at the Fine Line on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lucius, Lady Lark, Passion Pit, Bobby Brown

The big gigs for May 10-16, also including Fred Armisen, Lizz Wright, David Crosby, Jim James and more.
Lizzo performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Indio, Calif.

From the Chalice to the Palace: 12 defining moments in Lizzo's booming career

How the hip-hop star went from Twin Cities clubs to the top of the charts.
Pink performed a sold-out show at Xcel Energy Center in March 2018. LEILA NAVIDI •

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Garth, Pink, Lizzo and The 1975

This big gigs for May 3-9 also include the Tallest Man on Earth, Omara Portuondo, Romantica, Snow Patrol and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

From Coachella to First Avenue, Superorganism's members relish being 'thrown into this'

The "Something for Your M.I.N.D." hitmakers talk about how they formed via the internet.
Snoop Dogg (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snoop Dogg, Chris Koza, VocalEssence does Dylan, Prince tributes

This week's big gigs for April 26-May 2, also including Neko Case, Kodak Black, Arturo Sandoval, Foals and more.
Alan Sparhawk performed with Low at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth during last year’s Homegrown Music Festival, which has blossomed into an all-encompas

All grown up now, Duluth's Homegrown music fest rocks into its third decade

Two decades after its modest beginnings, Duluth's signature music fest spans eight nights and dozens of venues.
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Prince's heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospita

Coming soon from Prince's vault: New 'Originals' album, documentaries and more

Prince's estate is announcing the collection of his performances of songs he wrote for others.
Bruno Mars, center, and his band and crew mates toured Paisley Park while on tour in 2017.

Paisley Park tours draw celebs, including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Shania Twain

Green Day's frontman brought his family. And Katy Perry made a return visit incognito, just like any other fan.
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