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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
Phone: 612-673-4658
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

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
Jerry Douglas

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

Lizzo is still shaking things up in Minneapolis as she returns for two sold-out Armory gigs

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.
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.
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 ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com 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."