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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
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Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough to earn a shout-out from Prince during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native was also a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman for five years.
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Eaux Claires to make deux with Badu, Rateliff and, yep, Bon Iver

Eaux Claires to make deux with Badu, Rateliff and, yep, Bon Iver

The second year of Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival looks to be as eclectic and unpredictable as the first. The two-day musical camp-out is scheduled again Aug. 12-13 along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wis.
A royal homecoming for King, buzzing R&B trio with Minneapolis roots

A royal homecoming for King, buzzing R&B trio with Minneapolis roots

Minneapolis natives Paris and Amber Strother return to town riding a wave of attention for their synth-laden R&B trio.
Minnesota's Cactus Blossoms court national attention with vintage country sound

Minnesota's Cactus Blossoms court national attention with vintage country sound

The Cactus Blossoms' Southern harmonies and sibling charm have brought them from the dusty bars of northeast Minneapolis to a national buzz.
Minnesota songwriter lands at No. 1 with latest Meghan Trainor hit

Minnesota songwriter lands at No. 1 with latest Meghan Trainor hit

Caitlyn Smith helped write "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," a duet with John Legend, long before Trainor became a star.
Lizzo sets off a 'Big GRRRL' revolution

Lizzo sets off a 'Big GRRRL' revolution

Opening up about her body image was no small feat for the real-life Melissa Jefferson, whose single and video "My Skin" has started a new kind of buzz around the Minneapolis hip-hop/R&B star.
Chris Thile tunes up 'Prairie Home' in his first stint as Keillor's replacement

Chris Thile tunes up 'Prairie Home' in his first stint as Keillor's replacement

Keillor's named replacement added musical punch Saturday with Brandi Carlile, Ben Folds.
Martin Dosh back on familiar Turf: 'One true tonic for sadness for me is playing music'

Martin Dosh back on familiar Turf: 'One true tonic for sadness for me is playing music'

The sonic adventurer finds solace in his second Turf Club residency, and in his dying dad's remarkable story.
New Babes in Toyland bassist Clara Salyer relishing her 'dream-come-true' gig

New Babes in Toyland bassist Clara Salyer relishing her 'dream-come-true' gig

A music scene vet at only 23, Clara Salyer joined Babes in Toyland on eight days' notice.
Ozzy's Black Sabbath musters one last powerhouse show

Ozzy's Black Sabbath musters one last powerhouse show

Ozzy Osbourne and two original bandmates said farewell at Target Center.
Current turns 11 with surprises by Tommy Stinson, Low, Bruise Violet

Current turns 11 with surprises by Tommy Stinson, Low, Bruise Violet

REVIEW: The public radio station's two-night anniversary celebration at First Ave also featured Gospel Machine, Mixed Blood Majority and Gramma's Boyfriend.
Ozzy on Black Sabbath: 'This really is the end'

Ozzy on Black Sabbath: 'This really is the end'

Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler talk about burying their legendary metal band Black Sabbath, coming Monday to Target Center.
No more wiggle room: Nye's set to close April 3

No more wiggle room: Nye's set to close April 3

The beloved Minneapolis bar will throw its last bash April 3.
Varsity Theater is target of boycott amid sex-abuse lawsuits against owner

Varsity Theater is target of boycott amid sex-abuse lawsuits against owner

Sex-abuse suits against owner prompt campaign.
Meet the rest of First Ave's Best New Bands

Meet the rest of First Ave's Best New Bands

Murder Shoes: The first band of the night is also probably the most straight-ahead rock band of the night, in a good way, with angelic-voiced…
All the rage at any age: Mpls. teen punk trio Bruise Violet having time of their lives

All the rage at any age: Mpls. teen punk trio Bruise Violet having time of their lives

Despite the irate tone of their songs, members of Minneapolis punk trio Bruise Violet are having the time of their lives. Not that that's saying a whole lot.
5 stops, 4 decades: A recap of David Bowie's scant Twin Cities appearances

5 stops, 4 decades: A recap of David Bowie's scant Twin Cities appearances

Revisiting David Bowie's relatively few but always memorable local gigs going back to 1974.
Ex-Cities 97 vet Brian Oake to return as 89.3 the Current's morning host

Ex-Cities 97 vet Brian Oake to return as 89.3 the Current's morning host

The longtime Cities 97 personality says it was a "no-brainer" joining the more alternative-flavored station starting March 7.
Twin Cities Critics Tally 2015: Low's 'Ones and Sixes' is No. 1 album

Twin Cities Critics Tally 2015: Low's 'Ones and Sixes' is No. 1 album

The Duluth trio Low won album of the year in our annual poll, which also amplified the local love for Bad Bad Hats and Lizzo.
Want to start 2016 in the club? Here are 30 NYE options

Want to start 2016 in the club? Here are 30 NYE options

Choose from our six-pack of New Year's Eve critic's picks in the Twin Cities and beyond — plus 24 more.
Best and worst in Minnesota music, 2015 edition

Best and worst in Minnesota music, 2015 edition

The underage revolution, the outdoor overload, First Avenue's overhead issues and other big Minnesota music stories from 2015.
Adele fans roll into deep lines for tickets to her St. Paul kick-off

Adele fans roll into deep lines for tickets to her St. Paul kick-off

Xcel Energy Center saw a record turnout for the British singer's quickly sold-out July 5-6 tour kickoff.
Adele, AC/DC each announce St. Paul concerts

Adele, AC/DC each announce St. Paul concerts

Adele's North American tour will kick off at Xcel Center on July 5 and 6, while AC/DC will play there Feb. 14.
Original 'Star Wars' kids excited to share 'Force Awakens' with their kids

Original 'Star Wars' kids excited to share 'Force Awakens' with their kids

Next week's release of Episode VII is a family affair for many Twin Citians as the franchise spans generations, thanks in part to Disney's takeover.
Indie-folk star Joanna Newsom spreads her strings with a powerful new album

Indie-folk star Joanna Newsom spreads her strings with a powerful new album

Harpist/indie hero Joanna Newsom carried a lot of weight to pluck out one of this year's most celebrated albums.
Cocaine found on tour bus where rock star Scott Weiland died

Cocaine found on tour bus where rock star Scott Weiland died

Rock star Scott Weiland was found dead Thursday night in his tour bus in Bloomington, and a small amount of cocaine was nearby, authorities said.
Rhymesayers raps up 20 years of hip-hop in one big, busy night

Rhymesayers raps up 20 years of hip-hop in one big, busy night

Review: Rhymesayers' anniversary at Target Center flew by fast, fiery.
Trashy Little Xmas concerts leaving Lee's Liquor Lounge in dispute

Trashy Little Xmas concerts leaving Lee's Liquor Lounge in dispute

A dispute between the band Trailer Trash and the bar's new owner ends the popular 22-year tradition.
20 defining moments in Rhymesayers' 20-year history

20 defining moments in Rhymesayers' 20-year history

Here's a look at Rhymesayers' defining moments, as Minneapolis' little-rap-label-that-could marks its anniversary Friday at Target Center.
More Rhymesayers 20 lists: underrated catalog albums and a personal top 10

More Rhymesayers 20 lists: underrated catalog albums and a personal top 10

Staff members pick some lesser-sung gems out of their 20-year discography, and our critic names his all-time favorites.
Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

A bumper crop of Minnesotans hit Texas this week for the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference, the five-day mega-fest that serves as a new-car show for the music industry.
All ages shine at First Ave in Hippo Campus, Replacements concerts

All ages shine at First Ave in Hippo Campus, Replacements concerts

Replacements tribute and sold-out Hippo Campus blended old and new hometown favorites.
Adam Levy turns tragedy to hope on 'Naubinway'

Adam Levy turns tragedy to hope on 'Naubinway'

Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy explores his son's suicide on a heartbreaking album.
Theory of a Deadman back at First Ave after ceiling collapse

Theory of a Deadman back at First Ave after ceiling collapse

Three months later, the club has long since recovered, and the British Columbia-reared hard rock band is returning for a makeup gig Tuesday.
Minnesota Music Notes: Rank Strangers' tripled rock

Minnesota Music Notes: Rank Strangers' tripled rock

Mike Wisti's scrappy trio marks its 25th anniversary with its third great record of 2015.
Have you 'Heard'? Trashmen star in fun book on Minn. rock pioneers

Have you 'Heard'? Trashmen star in fun book on Minn. rock pioneers

Eight fun stories from Rick Shefchik's new book on Minnesota's rock 'n' roll pioneers.
Memories of the good times with Micheal 'Eyedea' Larsen

Memories of the good times with Micheal 'Eyedea' Larsen

Some anecdotal evidence of Eyedea's good humor and uncanny genius as First Avenue hosts a tribute concert Monday, which would have been his 34th birthday.
Eyedea to us, Mikey to her: Rapper's mom looks back and ahead

Eyedea to us, Mikey to her: Rapper's mom looks back and ahead

Five years after his death, the mother of St. Paul's world-renowned rapper is still trying to balance embracing and letting go.
Current DJ Mary Lucia returning to the air after 7-month absence

Current DJ Mary Lucia returning to the air after 7-month absence

An Eden Prairie man has pleaded guilty to stalking radio host Mary Lucia.
Haley Bonar-led Gramma's Boyfriend moves in

Haley Bonar-led Gramma's Boyfriend moves in

The "just-for-the-fun-of-it" band makes ferocious music on second album.
Prince's Rocktober continues with another lengthy jam at Paisley Park

Prince's Rocktober continues with another lengthy jam at Paisley Park

He cut loose and went long at his Chanhassen complex Saturday, this time with Judith Hill playing along.
'S.O.B.' singer Nathaniel Rateliff had no ETA for success

'S.O.B.' singer Nathaniel Rateliff had no ETA for success

Nathaniel Rateliff is enjoying latecomer success with his Fallon-buoyed single about fighting the urge.
British expat Katy Vernon relishes Minnesota good life

British expat Katy Vernon relishes Minnesota good life

British expat Katy Vernon has now lived in Minnesota longer than she did in England, and in recent years her roots have been firmly planted as one of the Twin Cities' most beloved folky singer/songwriters.
Craig Finn's new solo album urges holding steady

Craig Finn's new solo album urges holding steady

The Hold Steady frontman's new solo album was darkened by post-9/11 memories and his mother's death.
Minnesota Music Notes: Little Fevers win the name game

Minnesota Music Notes: Little Fevers win the name game

Lucy Michelle's crew reboots with (another) new moniker and sound. And more on Bones & Beeker, Flamin' Oh's and Lizzo.
Twin Cities label Rock the Cause Records adds to its international clout

Twin Cities label Rock the Cause Records adds to its international clout

The Minneapolis-based label has become one of the most prominent nonprofits in the record industry.
British dance duo Disclosure not quite full yet in St. Paul performance

British dance duo Disclosure not quite full yet in St. Paul performance

Review: The Lawrence brothers worked around vocal shortcomings at Wilkins Auditorium.
Minnesota-bred rocker Alicia Bognanno returns with Bully

Minnesota-bred rocker Alicia Bognanno returns with Bully

Alicia Bognanno will see the insides of the Twin Cities' best-known nightclubs more this year at age 25 than she did at 17.
Minnesota Music Notes: Giant Steps returns, Goldberg enjoys a revival

Minnesota Music Notes: Giant Steps returns, Goldberg enjoys a revival

What's the best place for a local rapper to learn from a successful chef or tax accountant, or a hip-hop video maker to network with an entertainment lawyer and Brother Ali? Giant Steps.
Kraftwerk takes fans to a new dimension at Northrop

Kraftwerk takes fans to a new dimension at Northrop

Review: German electronic music pioneers take show 3-D.
Doomtree has a ball when it takes to the field in St. Paul

Doomtree has a ball when it takes to the field in St. Paul

The hip-hop home-team took over the Saints' turf in St. Paul's Lowertown.
Doomtree swinging for the fences Saturday at Saints stadium

Doomtree swinging for the fences Saturday at Saints stadium

P.O.S., Dessa & Co. will take fans out to St. Paul's new ballpark Saturday.
All-stars have a big show in store for Big Star fans at First Avenue

All-stars have a big show in store for Big Star fans at First Avenue

First Avenue hosts a rare all-star performance of Big Star's "Third," shelved in 1975 and now widely celebrated.
Misty's and Marling's high drama rules otherwise fun Palomino fest

Misty's and Marling's high drama rules otherwise fun Palomino fest

Trampled by Turtles' second annual festival at Canterbury wasn't all fun and games.
F. Scott Fitzgerald gets funky, thanks to Irie Sol

F. Scott Fitzgerald gets funky, thanks to Irie Sol

Reggae-rap big band Irie Sol debuts its concept album about St. Paul's Jazz Age literary icon.
Trampled on Palomino: Band members' guide to Saturday's festival

Trampled on Palomino: Band members' guide to Saturday's festival

Minnesota's renowned string sextet offers its view on Saturday's second annual horse-track bash.
Ed Sheeran brings his one-man-band act twice around to Twin Cities

Ed Sheeran brings his one-man-band act twice around to Twin Cities

REVIEW: Fans screamed as British balladeer Ed Sheeran killed them softly
Twin Cities still aglow from three nights of Taylor Swift

Twin Cities still aglow from three nights of Taylor Swift

A wrap-up on Swift's precise, precious three-night run in St. Paul, which made for one illuminating lovefest of a weekend.
Who's on Taylor Swift's all-star guest list for Twin Cities shows?

Who's on Taylor Swift's all-star guest list for Twin Cities shows?

One of the most talked-about facets of Taylor Swift's "1989" tour is the celebrity guests who've shown up. We can think of several Minnesotan she might invite to join her over her three-night stand in St. Paul this weekend.
Twin Cities' top fall concerts blend old (Madonna) and new (Lianne La Havas)

Twin Cities' top fall concerts blend old (Madonna) and new (Lianne La Havas)

What's big in Twin Cities pop-music concerts this fall? Look for veteran artists like the Who and Madonna in October and newer artists such as Beach House and Lianne La Havas in the coming weeks.
'Reminisce' singer John Mark Nelson grows up with confidence

'Reminisce' singer John Mark Nelson grows up with confidence

Former teen wunderkind John Mark Nelson breaks new ground with his third album, "I'm Not Afraid."
Avett Brothers pick a winner at fair with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Avett Brothers pick a winner at fair with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Review: Saturday's grandstand concert charmingly paired the rootsy North Carolina band with the historic jazz vets.
Stinson: Replacements run was 'special' but it's time to move on

Stinson: Replacements run was 'special' but it's time to move on

The Replacements and GNR bassist is ready to leave his old band (or bands?) behind for a new solo venture.
Sideman is now fronting: Eric Mayson steps out in full 'Detail'

Sideman is now fronting: Eric Mayson steps out in full 'Detail'

The in-demand keyboardist couldn't say no to an offer to record his first solo album.
5 reasons to care about Saturday's Totally Gross National Product party

5 reasons to care about Saturday's Totally Gross National Product party

There's plenty to chew on for Totally Gross National Product's latest mini-fest at Icehouse.
Runaway truck damages Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center

Runaway truck damages Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center

The nonprofit estimated $50,000 in damages and vowed to pursue repairs.
It takes two? Twin Cities suddenly home to twin retro-rap stations

It takes two? Twin Cities suddenly home to twin retro-rap stations

It's hard to tell the old-school playlists apart at the new corporate hip-hop stations Hot 102.5 and Vibe 105.
Def Leppard, Styx show how to rock at State Fair

Def Leppard, Styx show how to rock at State Fair

"Rock of Ages" took on new meaning in the first grandstand concert of the fair's latest musical lineup.
First Avenue ready to rock again, plans to open Friday

First Avenue ready to rock again, plans to open Friday

The legendary club's 45-year legacy resumes Friday night after three weeks of ceiling repairs.
Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Matsson on music, Midwesterners and breakups

Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Matsson on music, Midwesterners and breakups

Tallest Man on Earth singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson has found good company in Midwest.
Live music venue to fly at MSP airport with Republic and McNally Smith

Live music venue to fly at MSP airport with Republic and McNally Smith

McNally Smith College of Music and the folks behind Republic bars won a bid Monday to co-pilot a pub with a permanent music stage inside Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
First Ave's closure extended; more shows moved

First Ave's closure extended; more shows moved

After a thorough inspection, a decision was made Wednesday to replace the club's entire main room ceiling instead of just fixing the 30-foot section that fell.
Deadmau5 closes out Summer Set festival with a trickle

Deadmau5 closes out Summer Set festival with a trickle

Hard-partying fans brushed off a weather evacuation in time to cut loose with Deadmau5.
Summer Set music fest weather suspension is suspended

Summer Set music fest weather suspension is suspended

After evacuating music fans, officials sound the all clear; show will go on.
First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

Days after part of the ceiling collapsed, the club is reopening its Depot Tavern and the 7th Street Entry.
First Avenue cancels shows but is 'optimistic' about reopening soon

First Avenue cancels shows but is 'optimistic' about reopening soon

The next two nights of shows at First Avenue and its neighboring mini-club 7th Street Entry have been cancelled and a big Saturday night gig…
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