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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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Former Jayhawks and Cows drummer Norm Rogers dies of cancer

Former Jayhawks and Cows drummer Norm Rogers dies of cancer

The Minnesota music-scene vet was also a fixture behind the bar at Brit's Pub for two decades.
Indie-rock goes classical on Minneapolis band Poliça's new album with Berlin ensemble

Indie-rock goes classical on Minneapolis band Poliça's new album with Berlin ensemble

The Twin Cities rockers branch out on a new LP and tour with Berlin's neoclassical troupe Stargaze.
Like a wintry small-town SXSW, Big Turn Music Fest takes flight in Red Wing

Like a wintry small-town SXSW, Big Turn Music Fest takes flight in Red Wing

Live music takes over 18 downtown spaces for two nights Friday and Saturday as part of the Big Turn Fest.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K

Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K

Studio owner Chris Moon is auctioning off his ownership stake in the 1978 single.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
When indie rock goes Top 40: Portugal the Man's unexpected crossover

When indie rock goes Top 40: Portugal the Man's unexpected crossover

How a mainstream hit has (and hasn't) changed things for veteran band Portugal the Man.
No hologram, but still a Prince tribute in Justin Timberlake's halftime show

No hologram, but still a Prince tribute in Justin Timberlake's halftime show

Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the Minneapolis rock legend by projecting video of him from the movie "Purple Rain" on a large screen as a snippet of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" played. The University of Minnesota marching band joined Timberlake midfield during the funky jam "Can't Stop the Feeling."
Philly pop star Pink powers through red-hot national anthem despite the flu

Philly pop star Pink powers through red-hot national anthem despite the flu

The singer suffered through a virus at a concert Friday but sounded strong in U.S. Bank Stadium.
It was 'cold as hell,' but Kelly Clarkson still fires up fans in pre-game show

It was 'cold as hell,' but Kelly Clarkson still fires up fans in pre-game show

The Texas singer (and Cowboys fan) drew a crowd of 5,000 at the Armory.
Like First Ave on Nicollet: Minn. rockers take stage

Like First Ave on Nicollet: Minn. rockers take stage

Soul Asylum, Bob Mould, the Suburbs and Jayhawks played to maybe the biggest Nicollet Mall crowd yet Saturday.
Emmitt Smith serenaded by Migos at Rolling Stone's Super Bowl party

Emmitt Smith serenaded by Migos at Rolling Stone's Super Bowl party

The shindig at Minneapolis's International Market Square drew a lot of NFL players, and Dr. Oz, too.
Super Bowl party scenes and concerts kick off in a big way

Super Bowl party scenes and concerts kick off in a big way

The Imagine Dragons show at the Armory was the biggest of many metro shindigs.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dieg Cig, Mary Lambert, Bob Marley Remembered

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dieg Cig, Mary Lambert, Bob Marley Remembered

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 2-8, also including New Power Generation, Questlove, Kimbra and Pink.
Revamped Armory ready to rock as Super Bowl concert venue

Revamped Armory ready to rock as Super Bowl concert venue

This week's Nomadic Live parties with Pink, Imagine Dragons mark the historic building's rebirth as a concert venue.
Partying like it's LII: Prince tribute show rocks Nicollet Mall

Partying like it's LII: Prince tribute show rocks Nicollet Mall

Three acts closely associated with the Minnesota rock legend — none of whom had played together since his 2016 death — showed their singular dedication by performing his songs outside in single-digit temperatures for the Super Bowl Live concert series.
5 Minneapolis Super Bowl concerts worth the splurge, plus 5 cheaper alternatives

5 Minneapolis Super Bowl concerts worth the splurge, plus 5 cheaper alternatives

Five shows worth the inflated price tags, and cheaper alternatives that we think will rock.
Twin Cities arts venues sidelined for VIP Super Bowl bookings

Twin Cities arts venues sidelined for VIP Super Bowl bookings

Minneapolis' most renowned music and arts venues blacked out their calendars for Super Bowl week, including First Avenue and the Guthrie. Will they see a big payoff?
Super Bowl Live free concert schedule revealed with new Minnesota all-stars

Super Bowl Live free concert schedule revealed with new Minnesota all-stars

Themed nights were added to the schedule, including a hip-hop night with Brother Ali and Prof, and a gospel show with Sounds of Blackness and the Steeles.
$30K a ticket? Big names line up for big-buck Super Bowl parties

$30K a ticket? Big names line up for big-buck Super Bowl parties

They include Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Cardi B and Rick Ross. But some of the tickets cost as much or more than tickets to the game itself -- up to $30,000.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Huun Huur Tu, Pokey LaFarge, Caitlyn Smith

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Huun Huur Tu, Pokey LaFarge, Caitlyn Smith

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 19-25, also including Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and a Johnny Cash tribute.
Two weeks after igniting an old-school dance party, Lady Lark returns to First Ave

Two weeks after igniting an old-school dance party, Lady Lark returns to First Ave

A year after her first singing gig, the '80s-flavored R&B groover is already playing her second First Ave show.
The Killers show off sparkle, drama and new members at the X

The Killers show off sparkle, drama and new members at the X

Review: Brandon Flowers and his remade band hit St. Paul after a five-year break.
New but nostalgic Nye's opens with nods to the classic Minneapolis bar

New but nostalgic Nye's opens with nods to the classic Minneapolis bar

The legendary name lives on in its oldest of old bar buildings. What about the spirit?
Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love and Special Sauce, Jackie Venson, the Killers

Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love and Special Sauce, Jackie Venson, the Killers

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 12-18, also including Roy Hargrove, Tracy Nelson and an annual tribute to Janis Joplin.
First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017 full of old tricks

First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017 full of old tricks

The Bad Man, Lady Lark and Dwynell Roland shined in First Ave's local newbies showcase.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lana Del Rey, Rebirth Brass Band, First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lana Del Rey, Rebirth Brass Band, First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 5-11, also including Birthday Suits, Flobots, Christine Lavin and Devil Makes Three.
Cactus Blossoms, Messersmith, Parr, Broder launch January residencies at Twin Cities clubs

Cactus Blossoms, Messersmith, Parr, Broder launch January residencies at Twin Cities clubs

The hard-touring Minnesota music mainstays are home for the month but don't want to stay in the house, so each booked a weekly gig.
Minnesota music scene's best moments and 10 best albums in 2017

Minnesota music scene's best moments and 10 best albums in 2017

Top 10 albums and standout moments on the local music beat this year.
Mortimer's will become rare Uptown area music venue starting next week

Mortimer's will become rare Uptown area music venue starting next week

The vintage watering hole has new owners and plans to revive Uptown's old indie spirit.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sounds of Blackness, Run Westy Run, Ike Reilly

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Sounds of Blackness, Run Westy Run, Ike Reilly

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 22-28, also including Katie McMahon, the Klituation and Rio Nido.
Kelly Clarkson to headline game-day parties for Super Bowl LII ticket holders

Kelly Clarkson to headline game-day parties for Super Bowl LII ticket holders

The "American Idol" won't idle while in Minneapolis. She's singing at both the Armory and U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota music notes: Black Diet, So It Goes reunite for weekend concerts

Minnesota music notes: Black Diet, So It Goes reunite for weekend concerts

Black Diet and So It Goes return from hiatus this weekend, while Ben Noble issues a haunting debut.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Steeles, Kinda Kinky Christmas, the Bad Plus

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Steeles, Kinda Kinky Christmas, the Bad Plus

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 15-21, also including Darlene Love, Semisonic and Cornbread Harris.
Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week

Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week

Scheduled Feb. 1, the anthemic Las Vegas rockers also performed in Minneapolis before the MLB All-Star Game in 2014.
Hennepin County Library offers new download, streaming service

Hennepin County Library offers new download, streaming service

Hennepin County Library's MnSpin service offers free downloads of 53 local music acts.
Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Some fans who "boost­ed" their chan­ces for bet­ter seats got stick­er shock.
Singer for veteran St. Paul R&B group Mint Condition cuts loose with solo project

Singer for veteran St. Paul R&B group Mint Condition cuts loose with solo project

After 30 years fronting St. Paul's esteemed R&B band, Mint Condition's frontman is on a solo kick he calls "a liberation in more ways than one."
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 8-14, also including Kellis, Drivin' n' Cryin,' Nachito Herrera and a Replacements tribute.
KDWB Jingle Ball whizzes by with Kesha, Liam Payne among standouts

KDWB Jingle Ball whizzes by with Kesha, Liam Payne among standouts

REVIEW: Hunky boys filled the KDWB holiday lineup, but the women deserved loudest screams.
Minn. Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's GOP comments

Minn. Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's GOP comments

Manny Laureano said he found Rufus Wainwright's anti-GOP comments "self-indulgent."
New Standards have a ball again even without holiday jingles

New Standards have a ball again even without holiday jingles

Review: Love songs, not yuletide classics, filled the weekend's all-star holiday concerts.
A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall

A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall

Music marathon to cast spotlight on dynamic Minnesota music scene.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 1-8, also including Run the Jewels, Rufus Wainwright, Lindsey Stirling and the Staves with yMusic.
Stillwater teen joins Jingle Ball 2017 lineup in boy band Why Don't We

Stillwater teen joins Jingle Ball 2017 lineup in boy band Why Don't We

Jonah Marais will sing with his boy band Why Don't We at Monday's Jingle Ball, after many years of watching from the crowd.
Charlie Puth, Fall Out Boy, Kesha round out KDWB's 2017 Jingle Ball lineup

Charlie Puth, Fall Out Boy, Kesha round out KDWB's 2017 Jingle Ball lineup

Two of the One Direction lads, Kesha, Charlie Puth and newcomers round out the lineup.
21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties

21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties

We figure the big promoters coming into town could use some advice about our homegrown talent. From local legends to hot newcomers, here's our entertainment picks.

New low-watt south Minneapolis radio station 'like a walk through the neighborhood'

Programming on KRSM Southside Media Project (98.9 FM) will be as diverse as its community.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cactus Blossoms, A Perfect Circle, Leo Kottke and more

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cactus Blossoms, A Perfect Circle, Leo Kottke and more

The big gigs for Nov. 24-30, also including Melissa Manchester, Thomas Rhett and a memorial for American Head Charge bassist.
Musicians, fans cram Triple Rock for punk haven's final blowout

Musicians, fans cram Triple Rock for punk haven's final blowout

Musicians and fans filled the West Bank punk haven as it ended its 19-year run.
Twin Cities music notes: Erik Koskinen reflects on loss in 'Paradise'

Twin Cities music notes: Erik Koskinen reflects on loss in 'Paradise'

The countryman channels a hero and a rough year on his new EP. Also: Joey Van Phillips steps out front.
St. Vincent delivers a one-woman 'Masseduction' in St. Paul

St. Vincent delivers a one-woman 'Masseduction' in St. Paul

REVIEW: Annie Clark brought innovative visuals and solid pop songs to the Palace.
Wilco's emotional three-night farewell adds to the Palace's luster

Wilco's emotional three-night farewell adds to the Palace's luster

REVIEW: Already a familiar presence locally, Jeff Tweedy's band opened up over three momentous nights at St. Paul's new music hub.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: St. Vincent, Halsey, Liam Gallagher, Black Violin

Twin Cities concerts of the week: St. Vincent, Halsey, Liam Gallagher, Black Violin

The big gigs for Nov. 17-23, also including Ike Reilly, Noname and Tower of Power.
Pared-down Doomtree group debuts new album ahead of St. Paul concert

Pared-down Doomtree group debuts new album ahead of St. Paul concert

Offshoot quartet Shredders dropped an LP ahead of the crew's first local show of 2018.
Nov. 12: Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota

Nov. 12: Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota

Jack Murphy's ambitious party plans could have a lasting effect on the Twin Cities nightlife scene.
LCD Soundsystem finds its groove again in buoyant Wilkins concert

LCD Soundsystem finds its groove again in buoyant Wilkins concert

Droll frontman James Murphy and his tight dance-rock octet rebounded from a seven-year lull.
St. Paul folk label Red House Records sold to a Nashville company

St. Paul folk label Red House Records sold to a Nashville company

The imprint that houses John Gorka and Charlie Parr will live on but the offices will close after nearly 35 years.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Kid Cudi, Kamasi Washington

Twin Cities concerts of the week: LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Kid Cudi, Kamasi Washington

The big gigs from Nov. 3-9, also including Kirk Franklin, Beach Slang and (gulp!) Gwar.
Hüsker Dü box set finally puts Minnesota trio's basement tapes to good use

Hüsker Dü box set finally puts Minnesota trio's basement tapes to good use

The new box set, "Savage Young Dü," was years in the making and came a few months too late for one of the band members.
Minnesota expat and her Nashville band Bully have another winning record with 'Losing'

Minnesota expat and her Nashville band Bully have another winning record with 'Losing'

Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno and her stormy band return with a buzzing new album.
Review: Arcade Fire goes for a knockout at the X

Review: Arcade Fire goes for a knockout at the X

The Canadian rock troupe drew only a modest crowd but came out swinging in the middle of an actual boxing ring.
Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

The pop mega-producers discussed their plans for the free outdoor concerts as organizers unveiled the look and layout.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Kenny Chesney's crew visits U.S. Bank Stadium to try to improve acoustics

Kenny Chesney's crew visits U.S. Bank Stadium to try to improve acoustics

The country singer's team says it can "make the experience much better" in time for his May 5 concert.
Indie-rock pals Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile pair up for St. Paul concert

Indie-rock pals Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile pair up for St. Paul concert

The Australian and Philadelphian partners talk country duets and writer's block at the start of their joint tour.
Tribute to Triple Rock: It always did the job, now it's time for payback

Tribute to Triple Rock: It always did the job, now it's time for payback

Let's make the final month of the West Bank club as vibrant as the last 14 years.
Dylan and Mavis Staples: Tour together was a long time coming

Dylan and Mavis Staples: Tour together was a long time coming

These '60s folk and civil rights veterans (and former sweethearts) have been on similar wavelengths for six decades.
Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers

Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers

Review: The Followill brothers played full tilt despite a half-full arena with openers Dawes.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trombone Shorty, Fall Out Boy, Irma Thomas

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trombone Shorty, Fall Out Boy, Irma Thomas

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

New tunes and heartfelt tributes gave the Vegas rockers more depth.
Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins

Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins

Review: Josh Homme circumvented a tragic year and a bad venue with an aggressive, full-volume love-in.
Best weekly jam in Minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

Best weekly jam in Minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

If they were good enough for Prince, the weekly Dr. Mambo's Combo gigs should be good enough to last a few more decades.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities music notes: Benefit gigs flood the clubs

Twin Cities music notes: Benefit gigs flood the clubs

Local musicians pitch in to help with Texas and Puerto Rico disasters.
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