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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
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.
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.

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 • – 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.
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