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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
Justin Courtney Pierre said he felt nerves when Motion City played its first gig in 3½ years, but then “it was like, ‘Oh, hell, yeah. Let’s do

After a rabidly received reunion tour, Motion City Soundtrack returns home to Minneapolis

Minneapolis' little band that could is back for three big gigs (and maybe more).
Heart Bones: Sabrina Ellis and Har Mar Superstar.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iron & Wine with Calexico, Sudaka Fest, Heart Bones and the Suburbs

This big gigs for Feb. 14-20, also including Tove Lo, Ellis Delaney's release party, memorials for Ed Ackerson and Lexii Alijai, Rosanne Cash, a Louisiana twofer and a Paisley Park party with Meshell Ndegeocello.
Concertgoers filed in Wednesday night for the Brandi Carlile show, the first at the Fillmore Minneapolis.

Minneapolis' Fillmore era begins as Brandi Carlile plays first show at new venue

Brandi Carlile performs unplugged to crank up the fancy North Loop music venue.
Ed Ackerson in 2005.

Mpls. rock royalty will celebrate the late Ed Ackerson with First Ave show

A memorial for the local hero features albums both new and old, and a whole lot more.
A Prince mural lit up the second floor of the Fillmore Minneapolis in January. The new venue opens Wednesday in Minneapolis’ North Loop with three s

Live Nation turns up the volume with glitzy Fillmore concert hall

Fillmore opening brings a new level of comfort and complex corporate synergy to the Twin Cities concert market.
Roddy Ricch makes his Twin Cities debut Tuesday at First Ave after scoring a No. 1 hit with "The Box."

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Brantley Gilbert, Roddy Ricch, Korn, Brandi Carlile

The big gigs for Feb. 7-13, also including Robert Randolph, Grace Potter, an Otto's Chemical Lounge farewell and release parties by Sarah Morris, Sam Cassidy and Gambler's Daughter.
FILE - This Aug. 22, 2019 file photo shows, from left, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performing in Pas

Rolling Stones confirm spring tour date at U.S. Bank Stadium

The third stop on the band's No Filter 2020 Tour will be among 15 shows in North America.
It’s a phone-y world: But don’t spend the whole concert (Billie Eilish’s Armory show here) looking at your screen.

12 rules every concertgoer should follow (especially tall, chatty or gassy ones)

From phone etiquette to song requests, here are a dozen commandments for your next show.
Michael Kiwanuka plays the Palace Theatre on Monday touting his most acclaimed album yet.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Michael Kiwanuka, King Princess, Drone Not Drones, Armin van Buuren

The big gigs for Jan. 31-Feb. 6, also including Andrew Broder's Don't [Bleep] This Up fundraiser, Trippie Redd, Juliana Hatfield, Temples and Erik Koskinen's residency kick-off.
Rap star T.I. performed for Soundset's 10th anniversary at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2017.

Twin Cities largest music festival, Soundset, is called off for this summer

Music festival will focus on Rhymesayers' 25th anniversary instead.
Rex Orange County aka Alex O'Connor sold out the Palace for his Twin Cities debut.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cold War Kids, GZA, Rex Orange County, Rebirth Brass

The big gigs for Jan. 24-30, also including Mandolin Orange, Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding, Badi Assad, Malamanya, Phish's Mike Gordon and album release parties by Stolyette and Barbaro.
Two years since his transformation into the fun-loving but mindful rap star Nur-D, Matt Allen has unexpectedly turned into one of the most buzzed-abou

Nur-D embraces comics, video games and insecurity to be Minnesota hip-hop's new superhero

There's a serious side to the comics-loving rapper who tops the Best New Bands showcase.
Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas.

Black Pumas talk busking, Grammys and Prince ahead of the Current birthday bash

The soul-rock duo is up for a best new artist Grammy but hardly inexperienced (see: Prince).
North Mississippi All-Stars, led by brothers Luther Dickinson (second from right) and Cody Dickinson (right), return to town Saturday at the Fine Line

Twin Cities concerts of the week: North Mississippi Allstars, Your Smith, Crystal Method, Dolly Parton tribute

The big gigs for Jan. 17-23, also including Jordan Davis, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Marielle Allschwang and Ron Pope.
Atmosphere’s Slug and Ant.

Slug says surprise Atmosphere album 'might seem like old guys yelling at clouds'

The Minneapolis hip-hop vet content with his elder status heading into another tour, saying "older rappers aren't trying to prove themselves as rappers, but as persons."
The Fillmore Minneapolis, Live Nation's ambitious new two-story 1,850-capacity music venue opened for a preview.

New Fillmore music hall gets ready to rock in downtown Minneapolis

Unlike many of the eight other Fillmores around the country, the Minneapolis one was built from the ground up.
From left, Jacob Hanson, Page Burkum, Jack Torrey, Phillip Hicks and Tyler Burkum of the Cactus Blossoms performed at the Turf Club.

These Minnesota acts are making themselves at home this January at St. Paul's Turf Club

Charlie Parr and the Cactus Blossoms have different reasons but similarly happy results for continuing their annual winter residencies.
Yola makes her Twin Cities debut Wednesday at the Fine Line after earning a best new artist nomination in the Grammys.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Yola, Nico Muhly with Pekka Kuusisto, Cash and Joplin tributes

The big gigs for Jan. 10-16, also including a benefit for the Cedar Ave. tower fire victims, G. Love, Peter Asher, Taylor McFerrin, the Mad Ripple Hootenanny and Atmosphere.
Billboards featuring Realtor Kris Lindahl blanket the Twin Cities.

Meet Kris Lindahl, the nice-guy Realtor behind the 600 annoying billboards

From childhood tragedy to kingpin Realtor, Kris Lindahl is everywhere — and insists he's only getting bigger.
Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of the Cactus Blossoms are once again settling in for weekly Monday gig at the Turf Club in January, where Charlie Parr is

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Keith Sweat and Radio K residency

The big gigs for Jan. 3-9, also including Rachael Kilgour, Le Vent du Nord and the Whiskey's Funky Sweater party.
Lexii Alijai

St. Paul rapper Lexii Alijai, 21, mourned by family and musical friends

She appeared on Kehlani's Grammy-nominated album and performed at Soundset and First Ave.
Soul Asylum (Winston Roye, Dave Pirner and Michael Bland are pictured.)credit: Soul Asylum

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snowta festival, Soul Asylum, Cheap Trick, PaviElle

The big gigs for Dec. 27-Jan. 1, also including Heiruspecs, Anonymous Choir, Flipp and the Honeydogs.
Dessa performing with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Dessa, Big Thief and Lizzo top our music critic's 10 best albums and concerts of 2019

Riemenschneider's picks for the best albums and concerts of the year.
The Jayhawks return to the Palace Theatre on Saturday fresh off recording a new album. From left: Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Gary Louris and Mark P

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jayhawks, JD McPherson, the Bad Plus, Little Fevers

The big gigs for Dec. 20-26, also including Kinda Kinky, Mark Mallman's Peace on Earth, Paul Metsa's 40th anniversary, the BoDeans, Sara Evans and a Willie Walker tribute.
Duluth trio Low marks the 20th anniversary of its "Christmas" album Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Holiday shows by Low, Blenders and Sounds of Blackness plus Brother Ali & D4

The big gigs for Dec. 13-19, also including the Joy Formidable, Alexander O'Neal and 311.
Pop-rock band Yam Haus quickly jumped from playing First Avenue’s Best New Bands showcase in January to selling out the venue for a headlining show

Nice-guy rockers Yam Haus cap off a winning year at First Avenue

Band members grew up together in Hudson, Wis., and still live there, sharing the same big dream.
Camila Cabello made her local headlining debut at the State Theatre in 2018 and returns Monday as part of Jingle Ball.

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Deadmau5, Curtiss A's Lennon tribute

The big gigs for Dec. 6-12, including Blackalicious, J.S. Ondara, Nicholas David and holiday shows by Martina McBride, Sunny Sweeney, Katie McMahon and the Old 97's.
After a year on the road, J.S. Ondara is looking forward to spending the winter in Minnesota — really.

Minnesota transplant J.S. Ondara has much to celebrate at First Ave homecoming gig

The Minneapolis folk-rocker returns home Saturday after a year of steady touring, including some Neil Young dates and a Newport Folk Fest set.
The women who are shaping the Twin Cities’ concert scene — front row from left: Amy Rahja (Target Center), Tamsen Preston (The Fillmore/Live Natio

Who's running the show? Women promoters dominate Twin Cities concert scene

From the State Fair to the State Theatre, the Twin Cities have an inordinate number of women talent buyers booking our concerts. Lucky us.
Trailer Trash performed for the Super Bowl Live series in 2018.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trashy Little Xmas, Lydia Liza, Brockhampton, CeeLo

The big gigs for Nov. 29-Dec. 5, also including the Cactus Blossoms, Crescent Moon & Big Trouble, Kim Petras, Dead Man Winter residency and the annual Replacements tribute.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performed with his bandmates Friday night.

Returning to the Palace for another three-peat, Wilco gets back to business on Night 1

Jeff Tweedy and his Chicago crew played their new "Ode to Joy" songs and older picks with focus and drama Friday in St. Paul.
Cory Wong performs at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado.

Now a regular on Stephen Colbert's show, guitarist Cory Wong returns home to Minnesota

Now a regular in Stephen Colbert's TV band, Fridley native Cory Wong played Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden this year while dropping his second solo album.
Wilco’s three-show stand in St. Paul this weekend will “lean on” their new record, “Ode to Joy.”

Wilco returns for another three-night 'Joy' ride at St. Paul's Palace Theatre

The band finishes its tour with another three-night gig at the Palace in St. Paul.
Elvis Costello is back in town to play the State Theatre on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Elvis Costello, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Booker T., Ike Reilly

The big gigs for Nov. 22-28, also including Ronnie Milsap, Poliça, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Rush, Nancy Harms and Leo Kottke's usual Thanksgiving week gig.
Minneapolis' J.S. Ondara earned a Grammy nomination for best Americana album.

Minnesotans have some bragging rights in today's Grammy nominations

Even if Lizzo doesn't count as a local, J.S. Ondara, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Big Thief and some of Bon Iver's cohorts do.
Lizzo returned to her former hometown for two sold-out shows at the Armory in Minneapolis in early October.

Lizzo leads pack with 8 Grammy nominations, including best new artist

In a strong year for young women, voters screamed "Cuz I Love You" to the ex-Minnesotan.
Jerry Douglas joins hometown faves Pert Near Sandstone at First Ave on Saturday.

The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jesca Hoop, Novalima, Marc Cohn, Pert Near Sandstone

The big gigs for Nov. 15-21, also including Charlie Parr, Okee Dokee Brothers, King Diamond, Julia Jacklin and Blues Traveler.
Terry Katzman grew up by Lake Minnetonka and promoted new Minnesota bands up until the end.

Hüsker Dü, Replacements sound tech, Garage D'Or operator Terry Katzman dies

Terry Katzman could brag about his early involvement in the careers of many of the Twin Cities' biggest bands, including Hüsker Dü, the Replacements and…
“I Want My MTV” tells the story of the cable network’s creation.

5 must-see music films to catch at this week's Sound Unseen fest

The 20th annual festival of music-related films runs Tuesday through Sunday.
The O’Neill brothers, Tim and Ryan O’Neill at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, where they're recorded a majority of their 50-plus albums that have t

They're one of Minnesota's most-streamed music acts – and you probably haven't heard of them

Straight out of New Prague, piano duo the O'Neill Brothers have rolled with the times to become unlikely stars of digital streaming.
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.
Angel Olsen plays First Avenue on Tuesday amid raves for her new orchestral album, "All Mirrors."

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Angel Olsen, FKA Twigs, Trisha Yearwood, Kris Kristofferson

The big gigs for Nov. 8-14, also including an all-star benefit at Hook & Ladder, a Neil Young birthday tribute, Bishop Briggs and more.
Ellsworth Kelly designed “Austin,” a newly opened chapel.

Stay hip to booming Austin, Texas, where there's something new every year

In Texas' hippest city, stay up on the latest offerings, from Japanese barbecue to an artistic chapel.
The drama and gusto were strong as Celine Dion performed Friday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Celine Dion's heart still in it as she makes overdue Twin Cities pilgrimage

The Canadian diva finally left Vegas and brought her Courage Tour to Target Center.
"Scars to Your Beautiful" singer Alessia Cara opened for Shawn Mendes at Xcel Energy Center in June.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Celine Dion, Alessia Cara, Tyler Childers, Prairie Fire Lady Choir

This week's big gigs, also including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tiffany Young, Janiva Magness and New Order's Peter Hook.
Last Import is one of the three bands with members born in the '90s paying tribute to bands from the '70s at 7th St. Entry on Halloween.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Halloween parties, Thievery Corp., Eilen Jewell, Rhiannon Giddens

The big gigs for Oct. 25-31, also including Richard Thompson, Gareth Emery, Ryan Bingham, A Day to Remember and rap duo Blimes & Gab.
Adrianne Lenker, bottom right, with her Big Thief bandmates. From left: guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia.

Big Thief is a little bit local: 'We lived in Coon Rapids, Plymouth, Maple Grove and some places I don't even remember'

With two acclaimed albums out this year, singer Adrianne Lenker has hardly had time to be at home in Minneapolis.
Explosions in the Sky (photo by Nick Simonite)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Fall Jazz Fest, Explosions in the Sky, Trey Anastasio

The big gigs for Oct. 18-24, also including Frank Turner, Ingrid Michaelson, Big K.R.I.T., Tom Morello and Mpls. Ltd. XX
Carrie Brownstein, left, and Corin Tucker on tour in 2015 after Sleater-Kinney returned from a decade-long hiatus.

Sleater-Kinney loosens and lightens up with new lineup at Palace Theatre

Tuesday's sold-out Palace Theatre gig stayed meaningful even as it turned more playful.
Brandi Carlile sold out the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in August.

Brandi Carlile to open Fillmore Minneapolis with three-night February run

Live Nation's new club in downtown Minneapolis also announced Buddy Guy, Motion City Soundtrack, Jonny Lang, Yung Gravy and Evanescence among its initial concerts.
Corin Tucker, left, and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney.

Riot-grrrl heroes Sleater-Kinney hold steady as they tout a fractious new album in St. Paul

"This record is really important to us," Corin Tucker said of her band's new album, "The Center Won't Hold," which nearly split them apart.
First Avenue nightclub was a backdrop for Thursday's protests outside President Donald Trump's rally at Target Center.

First Avenue to donate $18k in profits from big day opposite Trump rally

The club pledged profits to Planned Parenthood.
Singer/songwriter Jack Klatt busked around the streets of Madrid, Seattle and Austin before hunkering down back in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis song picker Jack Klatt steps out with a swoon-worthy national release

Minneapolis songman Jack Klatt steps out as a stylish, old-school twanger with help from the Cactus Blossoms and Yep Roc Records.
Nancy Wilson (left) and Ann Wilson of Heart perform at 2012's MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in Los Angeles.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Heart/Joan Jett, Sara Bareilles, Charli XCX & Sleater-Kinney

The big gigs for Oct. 11-17, also including the Mavericks, Lucy Dacus, Tegan & Sara and Stiff Little Fingers.
Lizzo performed at the Armory in Minneapolis on Wednesday night, the first of two sold-out shows.

Lizzo 100% that big a deal in triumphant return to Minneapolis

Ex-Minneapolitan hip-hop star returned with a No. 1 song, movie role and even more great expectations.
Ed Ackerson in 2005 at his Uptown recording studio Flowers, where the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Motion City Soundtrack and many more worked.

Minneapolis music 'wizard' and Polara frontman Ed Ackerson dies at 54

Frontman for the bands Polara and BNLX helmed recordings by the Replacements, Jayhawks, Soul Asylum and Motion City Soundtrack at his Flowers Studio in Uptown.
Jade Bird performs during the Americana Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jade Bird, Aaron Neville, Stereolab & Lizzo

The big gigs for Oct. 4-10, also including Jon Pardi, Stereolab, Tech N9ne, Sam Fender and release parties by Dan Israel and MaLLy.
Gaelynn Lea heads up a four-act lineup Saturday night at the Ordway, which includes a pre-show Q&A.

Gaelynn Lea plans a showcase that's accessible in more ways than one

The Minnesota tunesmith is rounding up other physically challenged musicians, and wants us all to come.
Nick Cave performing in Los Angeles in 2015.

Nick Cave sheds light on his dark depths in Q&A-filled Minneapolis appearance

The shadowy Australian rock legend took questions in tragedy-tinted Pantages show.
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach last played in town at Target Center in 2014.

Black Keys return strong to Target Center, but not Modest Mouse

The Ohio duo was a long time gone but came back strong with added guitar muscle.
Post Malone kicked off two nights worth of shows at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Post Malone arrives like a rock star for two-night stand at Xcel Center

The Texan's two-night stand shows he's blown up but not grown up yet.
Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys will play Target Center on Saturday, one of their first dates on tour after a five-year break.

The Black Keys 'not trying to reinvent the wheel' as they return to Target Center

Drummer Patrick Carney enjoyed the five-year break but is happy to reunite with the "easiest person in the world for me to make music with."
Jim Johnson, right, with his Underbeats bandmates Doni Larson, Rod Eaton and Ray Berg around 1964.

Minnesota rock pioneer Jim Johnson of Underbeats, Gypsy dies at 76

His music career was sidelined by Vietnam but continued in Los Angeles, where Gypsy recorded for RCA and gigged at Whisky a Go Go.
Rudy Maxa will offer travelers a high-end view of Europe, including France.

St. Paul's Rudy Maxa, former PBS travel host, has a tour business but still offers free tips

Former PBS travel host Rudy Maxa, who calls St. Paul home, branches into the tour business.
Justin Vernon's Bon Iver crew on stage in Portland, Ore.

Musicians shed light on the Bon Iver 'community' ahead of St. Paul show

Two of Justin Vernon's sidemen open up on the new album "i, i" and the tour coming to St. Paul.
Nooky Jones

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Nick Cave, Clairo, Luke Combs, Nooky Jones

The big gigs for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, also including Bon Iver, Branford Marsalis, Martin Garrix, 4 Bitchin' Babes, the Waterboys and Temptations.
Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars and Slim Dunlap of the Replacements. Their “Don’t Tell a Soul” is being recast as “Dead Man’s Pop

The Replacements get a redo on the album that purportedly 'ruined' them

Remade into a box set, 1989's "Don't Tell a Soul" was the Minnesota rockers' most commercially viable album. That was the problem.
Lukas Nelson, seen here in Luck, Texas (aka his dad Willie’s ranch outside Austin), has been all over the map of late touring with Neil Young and hi

Lukas Nelson hits Mpls. fresh off Farm Aid, Neil Young tour and 'A Star Is Born'

Willie Nelson's son is on the road again with his burgeoning band after forays with Neil Young and "A Star Is Born."
Scott Avett and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Avetts with Trampled, Ranky Tanky, Maggie Rogers, Post Malone

The big gigs for Sept. 20-26, also including Sophie Allison, Michael Feinstein, Avril Lavigne, Donna Grantis and the Melvins & Redd Kross.
Brittany Howard, seen here at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, went solo after only two albums with Alabama Shakes.

Brittany Howard still shakes things up in St. Paul solo debut

The Alabama Shakes singer played the Palace on the eve of her solo album's release.
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.
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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.