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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
Mudhoney

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 • leila.navidi@startribune.com

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.
Superorganism

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.
Lizzo performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Indio, Calif.

Basking in new No. 1 album, Lizzo adds heat to chilled-out Coachella fest

Minnesota-bound Billie Eilish and Khalid also had breakout turns at the California desert fest.
Katy Vernon sang at a recent album release party in Minneapolis. She’s been candid about her long road to recovery.

Twin Cities strummer Katy Vernon breaks out of 30-year funk to write songs of hope

Her rebound led her to not only write a hopeful new album, "Suit of Hearts," but to follow her passion.
Sasami

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sasami, David Huckfelt & Michael Rossetto, Valerie June, Godsmack

The big gigs for April 19-25, also including Anvil, Yung Gravy, Jon Anderson and Rachael Kilgour.
Lucinda Williams performs at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Lucinda Williams finds joy in travelogue-like 'Car Wheels' revival show

The Southern songwriting giant gave her landmark album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" a fresh spin in two-night Fitzgerald stand.
Fans lined up outside First Avenue for a 2016 concert by the Revolution. Closed by a bankruptcy battle just 15 years ago, First Avenue is no longer ju

First Avenue expands its empire as a top national indie promoter

Closed by a bankruptcy battle just 15 years ago, First Avenue is no longer just a nightclub, adding three venues with plans for a future amphitheater. Some on the local music scene express concern about its growing influence.
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.…
Lucinda Williams will perform her seminal "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" album in full at the Fitzgerald on Saturday and Sunday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lucinda Williams, Amanda Palmer, Why Don't We, Billy Bragg

The big gigs for April 19-25, also including the Legends of Hip-Hop Tour, Ex Hex, Todd Snider and Alan Sparhawk's Velvety new project.
Music fans filled the aisles during Record Store Day 2016 at the Electric Fetus, which is hosting in-store sets by David Huckfelt and 26 Bats! this ye

Record Store Day will groove on in Minnesota, however bad the weather Saturday

Twin Cities shops are braced for a flood of customers Saturday. Never mind the blizzard.
Matt Bernin­ger, the National’s frontman, at the 2018 Eaux Claires festival.

The National, Courtney Barnett lead gender-balanced Rock the Garden lineup

Courtney Barnett, X and some buzzing newcomers round out the June 29 show at the Walker.
The Chainsmokers duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart performed a free concert Friday at the Armory.

Armory courts weekend concert crowds, starting with Chainsmokers

As they lined up in Government Plaza two blocks away from the first Final Four concert at the Armory in downtown Minneapolis — three hours…
Somali American sibling pop duo Faarrow finishes off its Midnimo residency at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend with backers Astralblak.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Spiritualized, Ryan Bingham, Eric B. & Rakim and GB Leighton

The big gigs for April 5-11, also including Earl Sweatshirt, Bill Frisell, Robyn Hitchcock, Faarrow & Astralblak, and JazzMN Orchestra.
Adrianna Teicher, 6, struck a pose Monday morning in front of the Final Four bracket on Nicollet Mall.

No ticket? No problem: 5 fun options for Final Four weekend in Minneapolis

Didn't get game or concert tickets? Here are a few other entertainment opportunities.
Rivers Cuomo of Weezer sang to the Xcel Energy Center crowd on Saturday night in St. Paul.

Weezer camps it up, Pixies tear it up in St. Paul twofer concert

Rivers Cuomo looked to be having a lot more fun than Black Francis as the two bands co-headlined Xcel Center.
Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks, before they began their encore.

Inside the making of Dessa's groundbreaking live album with Minnesota Orchestra

Two worlds collided as the Minneapolis hip-hop star recorded a live album with the biggest band in town.
Jenny Lewis

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jenny Lewis, Cat Power, Amos Lee, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason

The big gigs for March 30-April 4, also including Hayes Carll, J.S. Ondara, Mott the Hoople and a Baroness and Deafheaven twofer.
Porcupine, from left: Casey Virock, Greg Norton and Ian Prince.

Greg Norton is 'all in' as his new trio opens for his old Hüsker Dü bandmate

Bassist Greg Norton's new band Porcupine will open for Bob Mould on 40th anniversary of their old trio's first gig.
Bob Mould during a performance at the 2014 State Fair.

Bob Mould brings 'Sunshine' to St. Paul 40 years after first Hüsker Dü gigs

The ex-Minnesota rocker returns with a sunny album born in Berlin.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones singer Paul Janeway at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans in 2017.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones bring pure joy to the city of St. Paul

Paul Janeway and his namesake band earn their First Avenue star in sold-out Palace gig.
Weezer arrived at the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The band released its “Teal Album” of covers i

Weezer riding high into St. Paul concert after 'completely unforeseen' hit Toto remake

The "Buddy Holly" hitmakers carry on after topping the charts and becoming "SNL" fodder with a Toto cover.
Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst bring their duo Better Oblivion Community Center to First Avenue.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Oberst & Bridgers, Dan + Shay, Dessa & MN Orchestra

The big gigs for March 22-28, also including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, A Boogie Wit Day Hoodie, Katy Vernon and Mayda release parties and more.
Where does the cult-loved album 'Pinkerton' fit with Weezer's rebounding hitmaker status?

Where does the cult-loved album 'Pinkerton' fit with Weezer's rebounding hitmaker status?

The oddball, hard-rocking 1996 sophomore album has been ignored at other recent gigs, but apparently not out of contempt.
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.
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.
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