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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
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.
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.
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