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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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Best concerts of the week: Drake, Lowertown Blues Fest, Dr. Dog, Warped Tour

Best concerts of the week: Drake, Lowertown Blues Fest, Dr. Dog, Warped Tour

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Nothing to Kid about: Prince bought the 'Purple Rain' house last summer

Nothing to Kid about: Prince bought the 'Purple Rain' house last summer

His NPG Music paid cash but did not follow through on needed repairs to Longfellow property.
Best concerts of the week: Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest, Femi Kuti, Twilight Hours, Bastille Day

Best concerts of the week: Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest, Femi Kuti, Twilight Hours, Bastille Day

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Wild boys no more, Duran Duran feeling 'rejuvenated' for St. Paul show

Wild boys no more, Duran Duran feeling 'rejuvenated' for St. Paul show

Five questions with bassist John Taylor as the prototype MTV band returns to St. Paul.
Car Seat Headrest in the driver's seat now, heading to Minneapolis from Pitchfork

Car Seat Headrest in the driver's seat now, heading to Minneapolis from Pitchfork

Legal spat with Ric Ocasek didn't keep Will Toledo's band from a breakout summer.
Musicians Doomtree, PaviElle to rally for peace Sunday at State Capitol

Musicians Doomtree, PaviElle to rally for peace Sunday at State Capitol

The event's young organizer called it "a way for us to all be together."
Review: Basilica Block Party carries on with breezy summer vibe

Review: Basilica Block Party carries on with breezy summer vibe

The 22nd annual beer and music fundraiser outside the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis went on with cool temps and hot acts to help distract partygoers from the bad news.
Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Adele's second show in Twin Cities rivals first, save her charming banter

Review: Adele's second show in Twin Cities rivals first, save her charming banter

Other than the chatter, Adele followed the same 18-song set list in order, starting with "Hello." She employed the same stage trickery, too.
Minnesota music fans burned by ticket scalping epidemic

Minnesota music fans burned by ticket scalping epidemic

Wondering why it's so difficult to find a concert ticket? A Star Tribune analysis shows trends that impact ticket availability.
Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson make it through magical night in Mankato

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson make it through magical night in Mankato

REVIEW: The music icons paired up again in Mankato with Merle Haggard's band and memory in tow.
The Big Gigs: New Standards meet the orchestra, Jayhawks do the zoo, plus Lisa Fischer & more

The Big Gigs: New Standards meet the orchestra, Jayhawks do the zoo, plus Lisa Fischer & more

Your guide to the week's best concerts.
Motion City Soundtrack writes its own epitaph with this week's farewell gigs

Motion City Soundtrack writes its own epitaph with this week's farewell gigs

The hard-touring pop/punk band is calling it quits after four hometown Varsity Theater gigs.
Big Gigs: Pointers Sisters do Pride, Franti does Jazz Fest, more

Big Gigs: Pointers Sisters do Pride, Franti does Jazz Fest, more

Your guide to the week's best concerts.
Review: Phish phans finally get their wish with lengthy Xcel Center concert

Review: Phish phans finally get their wish with lengthy Xcel Center concert

The veteran jam band ended a 16-year Twin Cities with a two-part show.
Rock the Garden sizzles by the river

Rock the Garden sizzles by the river

The 14,000 festivalgoers found the same musical formula, but not much shade on Saturday.
The week's best Twin Cities concerts, from Flight of the Conchords to Bieber

The week's best Twin Cities concerts, from Flight of the Conchords to Bieber

Flight of the Conchords: They’re calling it “The Flight of the Conchords Sing the Flight of the Conchords Tour,” and if you don’t find that…
What to expect at the Walker's relocated Rock the Garden

What to expect at the Walker's relocated Rock the Garden

Our guide to Saturday's temporarily relocated hipster music fest -- from the bands to bike parking.
Annual David Bowie tribute lives on at First Avenue

Annual David Bowie tribute lives on at First Avenue

"We're doing the show for the same reason we've always done it: because we love his music, not because he died." Friday's tribute also doubles as a benefit for Feline Rescue.
Review: Minnesota fans finally Cured again after 20-year wait

Review: Minnesota fans finally Cured again after 20-year wait

"Just Like Heaven" hitmakers made up for lost time after 20-year Twin Cities absence.
Prince's NPG bandmates to remember him 'the best way we know how'

Prince's NPG bandmates to remember him 'the best way we know how'

Three of the original New Power Generation band members head up three shows around their old boss' birthday.
Comic Dave Chappelle kicks off First Ave run by kicking at Cosby and Trump

Comic Dave Chappelle kicks off First Ave run by kicking at Cosby and Trump

Review: The legendary stand-up veteran's 10-show run included a serious nod to Prince.
State Fair Midway hosts 'best Soundset yet'

State Fair Midway hosts 'best Soundset yet'

New acts drew regulars as well as newbies to giant hip-hop music fest.
5 fresh spins on Soundset as hip-hop fest heads to Minnesota Fairgrounds

5 fresh spins on Soundset as hip-hop fest heads to Minnesota Fairgrounds

As much as Soundset 2016 appears to involve a lot of same-old same-old, Sunday's one-day rap marathon is actually treading a lot of new ground — starting with new digs at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Soundset 2016's get-to-know guide: Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Lexii Alijai, more

Soundset 2016's get-to-know guide: Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Lexii Alijai, more

These five artists could wind up stealing the show on Sunday.
There were no fair-weather fans at Beyoncé's long-awaited Mpls. show

There were no fair-weather fans at Beyoncé's long-awaited Mpls. show

Threat of lightning forced an evacuation, but didn't dampen the spirit of 35,000 fans waiting for "the concert of a lifetime."
How bad weather might affect tonight's Beyoncé concert

How bad weather might affect tonight's Beyoncé concert

Lightning, but not rain, would put a halt to the big show at TCF Bank Stadium, where the forecast doesn't look pretty.
As Hibbing struggles, Duluth takes charge of Bob Dylan celebration

As Hibbing struggles, Duluth takes charge of Bob Dylan celebration

Duluth is marking the singer's 75th birthday with an exhibit of items, a tribute album and concert, and the unveiling of a plaque at Dylan's childhood home.
Beyoncé touches down at TCF Bank Stadium following her gutsiest play yet

Beyoncé touches down at TCF Bank Stadium following her gutsiest play yet

The two biggest music stories of the year happened just two days apart last month: Prince died, and Beyoncé came alive like never before. Her Formation Tour lands Monday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Art-a-Whirl 2016 music guide: Art and stuff and Bloodnstuff

Art-a-Whirl 2016 music guide: Art and stuff and Bloodnstuff

Art-a-Whirl is back this weekend, and it looks like a monstrous year. Here's a guide to the mad whir of live music offerings.
Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

Despite a backlash, large-scale outdoor concerts still offer great entertainment value for Midwesterners.
Duluth's Tiny Desk champion Gaelynn Lea enjoying moment in the sun

Duluth's Tiny Desk champion Gaelynn Lea enjoying moment in the sun

Gaelynn Lea has long been a fixture in Duluth's music and disability-rights communities. Now the world is tuned in, thanks to NPR.
Never mind SXSW; here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

Never mind SXSW; here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

One night at the 18th annual music festival yielded 16 bands and one happy convert.
Never mind SXSW, here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

Never mind SXSW, here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

One night at the 16th annual music festival yielded 16 bands.
'Lights' singer Ellie Goulding lacks spark at Xcel Center

'Lights' singer Ellie Goulding lacks spark at Xcel Center

Review: The British electro-pop singer's first arena tour landed in St. Paul fresh from Coachella.
Flashback weekend at First Ave with Gear Daddies, Tina's B-Sides

Flashback weekend at First Ave with Gear Daddies, Tina's B-Sides

The popular late-'80s bands play First Ave on back-to-back nights after decades away.
Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

He sold a "staggering" 4.4 million U.S. albums in a week, helped by his aversion to streaming.
5 reasons to still get excited for Paul McCartney (besides the obvious)

5 reasons to still get excited for Paul McCartney (besides the obvious)

Paul McCartney returns to town for two Target Center shows less than two years before his last time here.
7 charities to give to in honor of Prince's memory

7 charities to give to in honor of Prince's memory

Like nearly everything else in his life, Minneapolis's rock icon was private about his philanthropy. But here is firsthand knowledge about causes Prince championed.
Big Gigs for April 29-May 6: Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding and more

Big Gigs for April 29-May 6: Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding and more

  The Who: This is it for this once-great British rock band. Pete Townshend’s hearing is shot. Let’s hope Roger Daltrey’s voice has recovered from…
Prince and First Avenue: a history of the club's ties to its brightest star

Prince and First Avenue: a history of the club's ties to its brightest star

First Avenue nightclub will forever be tied to Prince's legacy, as it has been since 1981. Here's a look at the history they shared.
Musicians speak the loudest on Prince's genius

Musicians speak the loudest on Prince's genius

Think of all the other rock stars who wasted no time covering his songs. The president who took ample time talking him up to reporters.…
Prince's albums: A complete critical guide to all 37 official releases

Prince's albums: A complete critical guide to all 37 official releases

Here’s a look at the legacy left by one of pop music’s most prolific recording artists. The following list of 37 albums is as complete…
More Prince parties this weekend: From concerts to 'Purple Rain' screenings

More Prince parties this weekend: From concerts to 'Purple Rain' screenings

More options to celebrate his legacy in his hometown, including a literally old-school party at Sabathani Community Center.
Obituary: Prince was a once-in-a-generation artist

Obituary: Prince was a once-in-a-generation artist

Though he was a puzzle at times, the rocker was a true Minnesotan who revolutionized music more than once in a nearly 40-year career.
Prince's Revolution bandmates announce reunion plans

Prince's Revolution bandmates announce reunion plans

The "Purple Rain"-era players hatched their plans at a gathering with many more of the singer's associates Sunday night in Minneapolis.
Prince tops the charts again as sales jump 41,000 percent

Prince tops the charts again as sales jump 41,000 percent

Over his 38-year recording career, Prince sometimes invented clever new ways to rack up album sales. His death Thursday provided a much more predictable boon…
LEGACY: How Prince's royal touch still impacts the local music scene

LEGACY: How Prince's royal touch still impacts the local music scene

Perhaps just as important as Prince putting the Twin Cities music scene on the map for the rest of the world, he blurred the lines…
Want to hear Prince music? Radio stations fill online void in wake of his death

Want to hear Prince music? Radio stations fill online void in wake of his death

Fans can't hear his music on Spotify and other online music sites, but 89.3 the Current and First Avenue are going all out.
Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Hours after learning about the pop star's death Thursday morning at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, fans around the world took to social media to pay their respects to Prince and his music. Thursday night, thousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to remember the legend who was one of them.
Lissie returns to her Midwest roots after 'Wild West'

Lissie returns to her Midwest roots after 'Wild West'

The Midwest-bred "When I'm Alone" singer has bought a farm in Iowa.
Bob Mould is on a tear: 'I was nervous about this one'

Bob Mould is on a tear: 'I was nervous about this one'

The Hüsker Dü vet's third album in less than four years is getting charmed reviews.
Father John Misty stays on course as he moves to campus

Father John Misty stays on course as he moves to campus

Review: His first local theater gig at Northrop was a buttoned-up affair.
Basilica Block Party blessed by Death Cab, the Fray, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark

Basilica Block Party blessed by Death Cab, the Fray, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark

The freshened lineup for the July 8-9 church bash also includes Andra Day, X-Ambassadors, American Authors and Cold War Kids.
5 spins on Record Store Day 2016 in the Twin Cities

5 spins on Record Store Day 2016 in the Twin Cities

Good weather and even a special Electric Fetus beer are on tap for Saturday.

Local music notes: 4onthefloor's tax attack, plus Suicide Commandos and Metasota news

Friday's Tax Day gig at First Ave comes complete with a new money-themed EP.
Har Mar Superstar comes home in time for 'Best Summer Ever'

Har Mar Superstar comes home in time for 'Best Summer Ever'

After 13 prodigal years, Sean Tillmann became a Minneapolis resident again just in time to hit the road behind his latest Superstar effort, "Best Summer Ever."
Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off music-biz conference in St. Paul

Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off music-biz conference in St. Paul

Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off this weekend's music-biz conference in St. Paul.
Gary Clark Jr. stays true blue in sold-out First Ave show

Gary Clark Jr. stays true blue in sold-out First Ave show

The Texas bluesman seemed right at home his second time at First Ave.
Punk trio Kitten Forever hits hard with nationally touted LP

Punk trio Kitten Forever hits hard with nationally touted LP

The guitar-less, phone-wielding Minneapolis band releases "7 Hearts" after working with some of their heroes and reworking Beyoncé.
Three bands later, Sarah White finds her solo voice (and it's amazing)

Three bands later, Sarah White finds her solo voice (and it's amazing)

The ex-Black Blondie vocalist goes it alone after three bands and five years in New York.
The Big Gigs, March 25-30: Secret Stash Revue, Soul Asylum, Scotty McCreery

The Big Gigs, March 25-30: Secret Stash Revue, Soul Asylum, Scotty McCreery

Also recommended: Young Fathers, Jonathan Richman, Big Cats, Robby Krieger, Patty Griffin and friends, Skating Polly and "Water for Flint."
Local music notes: Mark Mallman and Enemy Planes drop new LPs

Local music notes: Mark Mallman and Enemy Planes drop new LPs

Mallman's new album "The End Is Not the End" ends a four-year recording lull.
Bye-bye to Nye's: 'The last place where everyone fits in'

Bye-bye to Nye's: 'The last place where everyone fits in'

Nye's Polonaise Room enters its final two weeks as Minneapolis' most storied communal watering hole. "We don't know what the future holds," says the singer at the piano bar, "but we know it's been a helluva ride."
Minnesota music notes: A Korda compilation release party, tribute to Brian Gallagher

Minnesota music notes: A Korda compilation release party, tribute to Brian Gallagher

Greazy Meal pays tribute to its founder on Saturday, also when Joe Fahey touts a strong new LP at Harriet Brewing.
The best Twin Cities concerts of the week, from the Pines to Lucius

The best Twin Cities concerts of the week, from the Pines to Lucius

The Pines, Jose Gonzalez and Lucius top our list.
Metallica to rock U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20

Metallica to rock U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20

The metal kings will help inaugurate the new Vikings stadium the night after Luke Bryan.
Paul McCartney returning May 4 for Target Center concert

Paul McCartney returning May 4 for Target Center concert

The Beatle is downsizing from stadiums to arenas on his 2016 tour, which comes just two years after he easily sold out Target Field.
Metallica, McCartney announce big gigs

Metallica, McCartney announce big gigs

The metal kings will help inaugurate U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20. Sir Paul returns May 4 to Target Center.
From bassist to author, Michelle Leon writes her Babes in Toyland memoir

From bassist to author, Michelle Leon writes her Babes in Toyland memoir

Ex-Babes in Toyland bassist Michelle Leon recalls the sexism, drugs and rock 'n' roll in her new book.
Minnesota music notes: Nye's countdown, Lee's markup

Minnesota music notes: Nye's countdown, Lee's markup

The countdown is on and the crowds are getting bigger and bitterer at Nye’s Polonaise Room, still on track to close April 3 to make…
Cloud Cult finds its cinematic foothold with 'The Seeker'

Cloud Cult finds its cinematic foothold with 'The Seeker'

The orchestral rockers' latest album is also the basis for a new movie.
12 top concerts in the Twin Cities this week: Allan Kingdom, Titus & Finn and more

12 top concerts in the Twin Cities this week: Allan Kingdom, Titus & Finn and more

Allan Kingdom and the three-quarters-local R&B trio King rule Friday's showcase at First Avenue.
Brian Gallagher of Greazy Meal and Prince's NPG dies unexpectedly at 52

Brian Gallagher of Greazy Meal and Prince's NPG dies unexpectedly at 52

A former Prince sideman and co-founder of Greazy Meal, Brian Gallagher had the right mix of professionalism, musical chops and personal likability that made him…
Minnesota Music Notes: 'Devil Music' party, new Night Moves and Atmosphere singles, more

Minnesota Music Notes: 'Devil Music' party, new Night Moves and Atmosphere singles, more

A musical church that became a record label for old-timey country-gospel music, St. Paul's House of Mercy has blessed us with a spirited new compilation…
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