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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
phone: 612-673-4658
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.
Recent content from Chris Riemenschneider
Bon Jovi builds a new 'House' in sold-out Xcel Center marathon

Bon Jovi builds a new 'House' in sold-out Xcel Center marathon

Review: With its ever-charismatic frontman, the '80s band got past recent lineup changes in concert at Xcel Energy Center.
Danish music innovator Agnes Obel heads to the Cedar fresh off SXSW

Danish music innovator Agnes Obel heads to the Cedar fresh off SXSW

Classically trained Agnes Obel hits Minnesota fresh off an unlikely run at the SXSW fest.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
DJ Keezy heads up an all-woman hip-hop party Saturday night at First Ave

DJ Keezy heads up an all-woman hip-hop party Saturday night at First Ave

The third installment of DJ Keezy's all-woman event includes Bdot Croc, Sarah White and Lady Midnight.
Critic picks from SXSW: 15 best acts from five days of music and mayhem

Critic picks from SXSW: 15 best acts from five days of music and mayhem

Austin's mega-sized festival is tamer nowadays, but no less a place to discover new artists.
How did Gaelynn Lea, other Minnesota newcomers fare at SXSW music fest?

How did Gaelynn Lea, other Minnesota newcomers fare at SXSW music fest?

First-timers share their experiences, and other postcards from Austin's mega-conference.
Austin's SXSW turns purple on St. Paddy's Day with Prince tributes

Austin's SXSW turns purple on St. Paddy's Day with Prince tributes

The mega-fest featured an outdoor concert and two panels in his memory Friday, when Garth Brooks pulled a Prince and played a surprise set.
Music is all about mobile at South by Southwest

Music is all about mobile at South by Southwest

Always on the lookout for the next big thing in music, industry professionals at the Texas conference in 2017 are focused on mobile devices.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Spoon helps bring Austin's SXSW festival back to its roots

Spoon helps bring Austin's SXSW festival back to its roots

The hometown heroes kicked off a residency Tuesday that harked back to the early days of the Austin mega-fest.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre feels like a second First Ave

St. Paul's Palace Theatre feels like a second First Ave

During this weekend's three opening concerts, St. Paul's reborn historic theater already felt familiar and fine-tuned.
Twin Cities band Hippo Campus grows into its new 'Landmark' album

Twin Cities band Hippo Campus grows into its new 'Landmark' album

After a whirlwind run straight out of high school, the members of Hippo Campus caught their breath and got serious for their debut LP. And now they're having fun again.
New York's Knitting Factory to take the reins of Myth nightclub in Maplewood

New York's Knitting Factory to take the reins of Myth nightclub in Maplewood

The suburban Twin Cities mega-club will now be booked as a Knitting Factory venue.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities' largest music festival announces lineup of Travis Scott, Lauryn Hill, T.I.

Twin Cities' largest music festival announces lineup of Travis Scott, Lauryn Hill, T.I.

Rhymesayers' 10th annual hip-hop marathon returns to the fairgrounds May 28 with local acts including Atmosphere, Brother Ali and the Stand4rd.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

The eight-man ensemble has the NOLA street cred to be Fat Tuesday ambassadors.
Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest

Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest

Never mind the jet lag. R&B/pop singer Nick Jordan won our Are You Local? contest with a high-energy set.
Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released

Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released

Prince fans worldwide are partying like it's 2017, not 1999, now that his heyday music catalog is available on all major streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota music legends the Suburbs preview new album Friday at First Avenue

Minnesota music legends the Suburbs preview new album Friday at First Avenue

"We're ready to kick off what I think is going to be another great run for this band," the Suburbs frontman said.
Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies; spent formative time in Minneapolis

Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies; spent formative time in Minneapolis

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist wrote his first songs in Minnesota.
Grammy moment opens the door for a flood of Prince music

Grammy moment opens the door for a flood of Prince music

His music will become more widely available as his estate moves forward.
Paisley Park alums put $25,000 jacket and more Prince items up for auction

Paisley Park alums put $25,000 jacket and more Prince items up for auction

The online auction features 119 items, including personal wardrobe and letters, that sat in ex-employees' storage for decades.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett goes it alone with new solo album

Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett goes it alone with new solo album

Simonett tried to write a happier solo record after his marriage ended and his regular band went on extended hiatus. It didn't work out.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis band Romantica sees the light with 'Shadowlands,' its first album in nine years

Minneapolis band Romantica sees the light with 'Shadowlands,' its first album in nine years

After nine up and down years, Ben Kyle finally finished his band's overdue follow-up album.
Prince's music may soon be unlocked on Spotify, other streaming services

Prince's music may soon be unlocked on Spotify, other streaming services

Subway ads and industry reports suggest a deal has been struck to make his classic albums widely available online again.
The party goes on for 89.3 the Current, despite current events

The party goes on for 89.3 the Current, despite current events

Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar and more raised their voices along with their glasses at First Avenue.
Tired of noisy rock clubs? New Mpls. 'listening rooms' thrive on intimacy

Tired of noisy rock clubs? New Mpls. 'listening rooms' thrive on intimacy

The Warming House, Hook & Ladder and River Room cater to music fans who want to hear.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers find their groove again

Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers find their groove again

A newish guitarist and old favorites sparked Saturday's sold-out Target Center gig.
Local music notes: Jon Wayne & the Pain celebrates feel-good album

Local music notes: Jon Wayne & the Pain celebrates feel-good album

The reggae-tinged rockers' First Avenue gig Saturday is next door to another release party by Tyte Jeff.
Review: Lumineers' arena show not their 'Hey' day

Review: Lumineers' arena show not their 'Hey' day

Review: The folky trio's first arena tour landed with high spirits at Target Center.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Target Center, Hoopsnakes reunite for a cancer benefit

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Target Center, Hoopsnakes reunite for a cancer benefit

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Twins confirm July 28 concert with Billy Joel at Target Field

Twins confirm July 28 concert with Billy Joel at Target Field

Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor helped deliver the concert pitch Thursday morning at the ballpark.
Minnesota musicians fill January void with tributes and residencies

Minnesota musicians fill January void with tributes and residencies

The annual Cash and Joplin all-star shows return this weekend.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Theft from van hasn't slowed rapper Sims, who rolls home with renewed spirit

Theft from van hasn't slowed rapper Sims, who rolls home with renewed spirit

A tour-van burglary didn't stop the Doomtree rapper, who'll celebrate his new album Friday at First Avenue.
Artist of the Year 2016: Prince's memorials were the year's rock stars

Artist of the Year 2016: Prince's memorials were the year's rock stars

An impromptu street gathering in the grim hours following Prince's death lit a spark that shined through a year of tributes.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Iffy: Ahead of the times in blending psychedelic electronic loops and dance beats into the rock aesthetic in the late-'90s, Iffy is finally making up…
Best concert of the week: Snoop Dogg at Myth, a Beyoncé tribute at First Avenue

Best concert of the week: Snoop Dogg at Myth, a Beyoncé tribute at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
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.
Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Bon Iver to headline Rock the Garden 2017

Bon Iver to headline Rock the Garden 2017

The annual fundraiser concert returns to the sculpture garden July 22 with a headliner who has also been on hiatus.
Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Change is brewing at Surly after abrasive split with co-founder

Change is brewing at Surly after abrasive split with co-founder

Seemingly unstoppable over the past decade as it went from two to 365 employees and opened a $35 million facility in Minneapolis, Surly Brewing hit its first sour patch in October when its co-founding brewmaster abruptly quit.
R. Kelly opens up, then hangs up, in interview before Orpheum holiday concert

R. Kelly opens up, then hangs up, in interview before Orpheum holiday concert

In an abbreviated phone chat, Chicago's ill-reputed R&B singer only wanted to talk about his new, sexed-up Christmas album.
They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

Your guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's enduring local acts.
Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet lead Jingle Ball Class of 2016

Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet lead Jingle Ball Class of 2016

Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet led KDWB's annual pop sampler at Xcel Center.
Guns N' Roses rewards fans' patience with July 30 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

Guns N' Roses rewards fans' patience with July 30 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

While their resident football team lags farther behind in the standings, U.S. Bank Stadium has jumped out in front as a leader in the arena…
New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016

New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016

Review: New twists and current events kept the holiday shows fresh in their 10th year.
Local music notes: Ryan Olcott's odd new act; Paisley goes 'Dark'

Local music notes: Ryan Olcott's odd new act; Paisley goes 'Dark'

Former 12 Rods rocker steps out with his whirry new electronic act.
Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Paisley Park to host Celebration concerts on anniversary of Prince's death

Paisley Park to host Celebration concerts on anniversary of Prince's death

The Revolution, Morris Day, NPG and other cohorts will perform at his Chanhassen studio in April.
Chan Poling and John Munson talk 10 years of New Standards holiday shows

Chan Poling and John Munson talk 10 years of New Standards holiday shows

Chan Poling and John Munson look back on the essential songs and moments from their annual show.
First Ave's year-end tradition continues with Jayhawks, Har Mar, Lizzo

First Ave's year-end tradition continues with Jayhawks, Har Mar, Lizzo

It's common for Minnesota bands to wrap up a year of touring on familiar home turf.
Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
A music critic's lament for Mill City Nights (no, really)

A music critic's lament for Mill City Nights (no, really)

The corporate-run Warehouse District rock club closes in two weeks after a peculiar four years.
Band of Horses ride out rough patch at State Theatre

Band of Horses ride out rough patch at State Theatre

REVIEW: Ben Bridwell's vocal issues didn't hobble a lovingly received State Theatre set.
Prince's Paisley Park adds weekend dance parties, new tours to its mix

Prince's Paisley Park adds weekend dance parties, new tours to its mix

Fans will even have a chance to record their own Prince song as the Chanhassen museum seeks visitors.
Minnesota music heir Jeanne Taylor becomes L.A. hopeful in pursuit of Top 40 career

Minnesota music heir Jeanne Taylor becomes L.A. hopeful in pursuit of Top 40 career

Jeanne Taylor hopes to carry the Peterson family name into Top 40 territory.
Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Review: Keith Urban rips it up at sold-out Target Center show

Review: Keith Urban rips it up at sold-out Target Center show

The Australian star and frequent Twin Cities visitor shredded on guitar more than he plucked on ganjo in front of 13,000-plus fans.
Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Elle King at the State Theatre, Joseph at Cedar Cultural Center

Best concerts of the week: Elle King at the State Theatre, Joseph at Cedar Cultural Center

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Pert Near Sandstone, Sims drop LPs while on the road

Pert Near Sandstone, Sims drop LPs while on the road

Neither of the big local albums dropping this week involves a hometown release party, but that's because the acts are already out on the road touting them.
Iggy & the Stooges documentary screams blue-collar punk rock

Iggy & the Stooges documentary screams blue-collar punk rock

REVIEW: Jim Jarmusch does the Stooges justice in a new documentary on the Michigan punk band.
Why the singing sisters of the Staves moved from London to Minneapolis

Why the singing sisters of the Staves moved from London to Minneapolis

A harmonious indie-folk trio from England that already had a good following in the Twin Cities, the Staves also now have homes here.
Alt-twang 'It Girl' Margo Price's hurtin' songs that feel so good at Turf Club

Alt-twang 'It Girl' Margo Price's hurtin' songs that feel so good at Turf Club

Review: The Midwest farm girl was the year's hottest club ticket in local alt-country/Americana circles.
Now serving at the Turf Club: music from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Now serving at the Turf Club: music from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

SPCO reaches a new lowbrow high with its series to reach younger audiences.
A cappella enters a new arena as Pentatonix serenades the X

A cappella enters a new arena as Pentatonix serenades the X

Review: Fans cheered Texas quintet Pentatonix's unendingly cheery show at Xcel Center.
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