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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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Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth wait, hype in a stunner of a show

Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth wait, hype in a stunner of a show

Review: The L.A. rapper who sold out Xcel Energy Center showed he's a dynamo of a live performer.
John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

He showed up at Big Brothers Big Sisters event to encourage youthful dreams of success.
Beck's sold-out Palace show suggests nostalgia is where it's at

Beck's sold-out Palace show suggests nostalgia is where it's at

The '90s alterna-hero largely looked back in his first Twin Cities show in nine years.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Lady Gaga

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Lady Gaga

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Khalid talks cellphone romance, Lorde and Minnesota's Spooky Black

Khalid talks cellphone romance, Lorde and Minnesota's Spooky Black

Texas R&B singer Khalid, 19, dishes on cellphone romances, Lorde and his favorite young Minnesota artist ahead of his sold-out Myth concert.
Twin Cities music notes: Newcomer Lena Elizabeth shines, kids-music hero Justin Roberts celebrates

Twin Cities music notes: Newcomer Lena Elizabeth shines, kids-music hero Justin Roberts celebrates

The Minneapolis singer backed up her songs with help from a big uke.
Prince lights up his old Minneapolis neighborhood again – this time for real

Prince lights up his old Minneapolis neighborhood again – this time for real

Electric utility boxes near the singer's old schools have been decorated with his royal likeness.
Walker Art Center recruits a familiar Gayng to make sounds for silent movies

Walker Art Center recruits a familiar Gayng to make sounds for silent movies

Ryan Olson leads another all-star cast to provide music for movies at the Walker.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota mainstays the Suburbs, Dan Wilson turn to fans to fund new albums

Minnesota mainstays the Suburbs, Dan Wilson turn to fans to fund new albums

The Suburbs, Dan Wilson and other veteran acts turn to crowdfunding in lieu of the record-label system of old.
Twin Cities musicians Nick Jordan, Har Mar Superstar groove to new EPs

Twin Cities musicians Nick Jordan, Har Mar Superstar groove to new EPs

The winner of Are You Local? hits the Entry on Friday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Guns N' Roses fill a tall order despite U.S. Bank Stadium's shortcomings

Guns N' Roses fill a tall order despite U.S. Bank Stadium's shortcomings

Review: Ending years of animosity, Axl Rose and his old band took Minneapolis' new football stadium for its third test run as a concert venue.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Why Sunday's Guns N' Roses stadium concert is one of the year's biggest rock shows

Why Sunday's Guns N' Roses stadium concert is one of the year's biggest rock shows

Five reasons Minnesota rock fans are psyched for this reunion tour.
How Minneapolis became a 'must-play market' for stadium rock tours

How Minneapolis became a 'must-play market' for stadium rock tours

This weekend's Guns N' Roses and Billy Joel gigs kick off the busiest stretch yet as the Twin Cities now attracts the biggest tours.
Roger Waters and his pig return to the X with a seething show

Roger Waters and his pig return to the X with a seething show

Pink Floyd's guiding light got political, visual and deep in to his song catalog.
Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Justin Vernon, the Revolution mixed moods Saturday at Walker Art Center's annual fest.
Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Justin Vernon, the Revolution mixed moods Saturday at Walker Art Center's annual fest.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jayhawks co-founder Caleb Palmiter dies at 53

Jayhawks co-founder Caleb Palmiter dies at 53

For many, he was one of the Twin Cities music scene's great unsung forces.
Rock the Garden star Benjamin Booker talks racism, gun violence and Bon Iver

Rock the Garden star Benjamin Booker talks racism, gun violence and Bon Iver

How gun violence, Mexico City and Mavis Staples shaped the Southern rocker's new album.
Seattle rock legend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins relishes his Minneapolis ties

Seattle rock legend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins relishes his Minneapolis ties

The hero of the Seattle underground scene talks Chris Cornell, Mudhoney and his favorite Minneapolitan ahead of Saturday's Bash 17.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
At X Games Minneapolis, concerts are 'a big part of the culture'

At X Games Minneapolis, concerts are 'a big part of the culture'

A Day to Remember, Flume and hometown faves Atmosphere will perform post-competitions.
Jason Isbell spotlights new tunes, seasoned band in heavy Palace concert

Jason Isbell spotlights new tunes, seasoned band in heavy Palace concert

Review: Friday's sold-out concert eschewed older material for a loud, energetic reboot.
Rocking the Dockside: New concert series hits Como Lake's great old pavilion

Rocking the Dockside: New concert series hits Como Lake's great old pavilion

The popular Big Pink "Last Waltz" tribute hits St. Paul's newest music venue Saturday after last week's kickoff concert.
Ed Sheeran entertains 15,000 fans, 2 marriage proposals in sold-out X show

Ed Sheeran entertains 15,000 fans, 2 marriage proposals in sold-out X show

The British folk-pop star was too wed to his one-man-band concept at Xcel Center.
Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far): Chastity Brown, Romantica, Brother Ali, Lady Midnight

Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far): Chastity Brown, Romantica, Brother Ali, Lady Midnight

This year's list includes several artists who saw their patience pay off.
Twin Cities utility player takes center stage in R&B band Nooky Jones

Twin Cities utility player takes center stage in R&B band Nooky Jones

Twin Cities journeyman Cameron Kinghorn has been ubiquitous on stage, but finally takes the spotlight with his R&B group.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Summit Brewing's McConn talks about the secret science of beer making

Summit Brewing's McConn talks about the secret science of beer making

Summit's head brewer, Damian McConn, came from Ireland to help usher in the Twin Cities beer craze, which even he admits is reaching its limits now.
Remembering Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight, who found fame in his 60s

Remembering Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight, who found fame in his 60s

Making it to 69 is indeed a pretty good run. It nonetheless felt like Sonny Knight was taken from us too soon. But that's on us for not discovering him sooner.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota soul singer Sonny Knight's second act cut short by cancer at 69

Minnesota soul singer Sonny Knight's second act cut short by cancer at 69

The 1960s singer and Vietnam veteran enjoyed a career revival with the Lakers in his 60s.
Eaux Claires festival's third year marked by rain and pain

Eaux Claires festival's third year marked by rain and pain

REVIEW: Paul Simon, Wilco and Feist didn't let bad weather bring them down on Day 2 of the fest.
Iron Maiden shows no rust after 16-year wait between Twin Cities gigs

Iron Maiden shows no rust after 16-year wait between Twin Cities gigs

REVIEW: The British metal heroes packed the Xcel Center and didn't resort to oldies.
5 interesting twists at Justin Vernon's third annual Eaux Claires music fest

5 interesting twists at Justin Vernon's third annual Eaux Claires music fest

How Justin Vernon & Co. are keeping things interesting for their music fest's third year.
Review: Tool sticks to its dark formula in sold-out Xcel Center show

Review: Tool sticks to its dark formula in sold-out Xcel Center show

The stormy metal quartet packed the arena again, despite going 11 years (and counting) between albums.
Ex-Grrrl Prty rapper Manchita goes 'sola' with debut EP

Ex-Grrrl Prty rapper Manchita goes 'sola' with debut EP

The former Grrrl Prty member has been working toward a solo act for almost a decade.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
U2 replants 'Joshua Tree' over two nights at Chicago's Soldier Field

U2 replants 'Joshua Tree' over two nights at Chicago's Soldier Field

Rumors of an upcoming Minneapolis date added to the buzz around the first Midwest stop on the mass-scale tour.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
10 most legendary Twin Cities metal shows, from Iron Maiden to Monsters of Rock

10 most legendary Twin Cities metal shows, from Iron Maiden to Monsters of Rock

With Iron Maiden, Tool and GNR returning this summer, here's a look at the 10 most legendary shows in Twin Cities metal history.
Soundset survives last-minute cancellations in a strong 10th year

Soundset survives last-minute cancellations in a strong 10th year

No-shows and schedule delays couldn't spoil the hip-hop mega-fest in its 10th year, thanks to strong showings by Lauryn Hill, T.I. and the locals.
Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

The Minneapolis folkie scrapped an entire record and lost her way, but wound up finding several new paths in the interim.
5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

The nationally renowned festival once again delivers a promising batch of buzzing MCs.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

The rapper trekked from Oakland to West Africa and even Iran on a spiritual journey that led him home for another album.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at 52 after hanging himself

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at 52 after hanging himself

Suicide is suspected in the unexpected death of the shrieking frontman, who performed just last weekend in western Wisconsin.
Chance the Rapper seizes his opportunity in first Minnesota arena concert

Chance the Rapper seizes his opportunity in first Minnesota arena concert

Chicago rapper drew a crowd based largely on streaming success.
Minnesota rocker Mary Bue recounts sexual assault in new song

Minnesota rocker Mary Bue recounts sexual assault in new song

Her first release as a Minneapolis resident opens up about a sexual assault.
7 reasons to love Chance the Rapper ahead of his sold-out Xcel Center concert

7 reasons to love Chance the Rapper ahead of his sold-out Xcel Center concert

Chance's ascent has gone somewhat unnoticed in mainstream circles because most of his success as a recording artist has been through streaming, not album sales.
Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Guitarist and songwriter Lonnie Knight, who kept gigging through cancer, dies at 68

Guitarist and songwriter Lonnie Knight, who kept gigging through cancer, dies at 68

His five decades of Twin Cities gigs included stints with Sound 80 studio, the Hoopsnakes and Mary Jane Alm.
Stevie Wonder, Wilco bring message of unity to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Stevie Wonder, Wilco bring message of unity to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Last weekend's 48th annual bash in New Orleans carried sunny vibes amid topical performances.
Mpls. label Forged Artifacts digs up many hidden gems on 18-track compilation

Mpls. label Forged Artifacts digs up many hidden gems on 18-track compilation

The label's new compilation is a doozy, with acts including Tony Peachka and Ahem.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The XX, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The XX, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis' legendary Twin/Tone Records comes back to life for Suicide Commandos

Minneapolis' legendary Twin/Tone Records comes back to life for Suicide Commandos

The beloved Minneapolis label came out of retirement to help issue the Commandos' new album.
Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

This past week's tributes — from the big-buck Celebration at Paisley Park to the street party outside First Avenue and everything in between — made for a great and fitting start to keeping Prince's legacy alive.
From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year

From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year

A "Purple Rain" expanded reissue is among the highlights for fans who want to continue celebrating him.
New vinyl, live music: A complete guide to Record Store Day in Twin Cities

New vinyl, live music: A complete guide to Record Store Day in Twin Cities

Highlights include new releases by the Suburbs and Prince, plus plenty of free in-store concerts.
Old-school Twin Cities shops defy the trends on Record Store Day 2017

Old-school Twin Cities shops defy the trends on Record Store Day 2017

As Record Store Day returns Saturday, old standby shops like Know Name and Down in the Valley enjoy the trend without being trendy.
Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

In the past 365 days, eye-popping murals, 24-hour radio marathons and a flurry of homegrown tributes have tried to fill the void.
Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

About 2,000 ardent fans attended the $500-to-$1,000-per-ticket affair.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Magnetic Fields at the Fitz, Cornbread Harris at Hook & Ladder

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Magnetic Fields at the Fitz, Cornbread Harris at Hook & Ladder

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Floodgates are about to open on Prince's career after death

Floodgates are about to open on Prince's career after death

A year after he died, Prince has a lucrative second career taking off. The industry moguls he despised are calling the shots — and his wishes don't apply.
Paisley Park takes center stage for Prince anniversary

Paisley Park takes center stage for Prince anniversary

When they first entered Paisley Park last summer, Joel Weinshanker and his crew from Graceland saw that Prince's elaborate, 65,000-square-foot studio and part-time home in Chanhassen was in disrepair.
You don't have to be rich! Your guide to Prince anniversary events in Minnesota

You don't have to be rich! Your guide to Prince anniversary events in Minnesota

A guide to this week's tributes to the hometown icon on (and around) the anniversary of his death.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
What's old is Wu again: Jam band celebrates 25th anniversary at First Ave

What's old is Wu again: Jam band celebrates 25th anniversary at First Ave

Friday's concert will include many guests (mostly guitarists) and coincides with a new documentary on the Minnesota vets, who originated from Northfield.
St. Paul's mainstay R&B club Arnellia's to close as owner fights cancer

St. Paul's mainstay R&B club Arnellia's to close as owner fights cancer

A four-day finale will be held April 27-30 as the bar's owner undergoes chemotherapy.
Don't call Chris Brown's Xcel Center show a comeback

Don't call Chris Brown's Xcel Center show a comeback

The troubled R&B singer put on a big, dazzling show to a half-empty arena.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
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